Adoption Attorneys in Knoxville, TN

Touching all the bases, until your child is safe at home

Placing a child in a loving home is a joyous and rewarding experience. At the Law Offices of LaFevor & Slaughter, we derive special satisfaction from the assistance we give families seeking legal recognition of their special relationships. We have extensive experience in all aspects of the Tennessee adoption process, including:

  • Relative adoptions
  • Step-parent adoptions
  • Foster parent adoptions
  • Same-sex adoptions
  • Single adoptions
  • Surrogacy
  • Public adoptions
  • Agency adoptions
  • Private placement adoptions
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Name changes

Safeguarding your interests throughout the adoption process

For many aspiring parents, the adoption process can be a roller coaster of exhilarating hope and crushing disappointment. An experienced Knoxville adoption attorney can smooth out that ride by vetting adoption agencies, conducting background checks on birthparents, mediating with Social Services and ensuring that parental rights are legally transferred. We also offer families the support they need to complete the rigorous filing and child placement process. Our family law firm guides you through all stages of the adoption process, from the initial orientation to the training classes to home study and your background checks.

Meticulous care to ensure the completion and finality of your adoption

It is heartbreaking when an adoption seems to be moving forward only to be stalled or derailed by an overlooked technicality. For instance, an unwed birth mother may wish to find a secure home for her child. But Tennessee law requires that the biological father consent to an adoption proceeding or have his rights legally terminated. When the birth father’s whereabouts are unknown, the court requires that you make every effort to notify him before his parental rights can be terminated. Our firm helps you serve notice by publication in a manner acceptable to the court and prepare a comprehensive affidavit listing all the steps you have taken to inform the birth father that he is relinquishing parental rights. You can trust LaFevor & Slaughter to touch all the bases as you bring your baby safely home.

Facilitating more routine adoptions

Relative and stepparent adoptions generally involve a less rigorous adoption process. The court may waive home study, the six-month waiting period before the completion of the adoption, and the custody or guardianship order. Our firm helps prospective parents take advantage of such opportunities. We offer advice to parents forming blended families after divorce or legal separation.

Contact a concerned and devoted Knoxville adoption lawyer

LaFevor & Slaughter is dedicated to helping you complete your adoption in a timely, cost-effective and legally sound manner. Call us at 865-637-6258 or contact our office online to arrange an appointment.