Tennessee Adoption Laws
|Code Section||36-1-101, et seq.; No|
|Who May Be Adopted||Any person|
|Age that Child's Consent Needed||14 years and older|
|Who May Adopt||Any person over 18 years of age who has been Tennessee resident for 6 months. Residency requirement may be waived under certain circumstances. Spouse shall join in petition if competent (unless natural parent of child to be adopted)|
|Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?||1 year|
|State Agency/Court||Children's Services/Chancery or Circuit|
|Statute of Limitations to Challenge||1 year|
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