Destiny Adoption Services located in Farragut, Tennessee, provides a multitude of services for clients across the entire state of Tennessee.
Office Located at:
13047 Kingston Pike
Farragut, TN 37934
Office hours are by appointment only
Available by phone 24 hours a day.
For an appointment or to speak with a qualified Adoption Specialist, please call:
Learn about the financial assistance available to prospective birth mothers.
What you need to know about placing a child for adoption in Tennessee.
Private adoption in Tennessee differs from other types of adoption. Learn about the process in detail to help you determine if it is the right choice for you.
Adoption is a great way for same-sex couples to grow their families. However, some people in Tennessee oppose this notion. Here, we examine why some people might feel this way and provide the facts that show LGBT adoption is just as awesome as any other adoption.
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Private adoption is the most common route taken when adopting an infant. In this process, a prospective birth mother connects with an adoptive family and creates her adoption plan with the assistance of an agency or attorney. This is very different from a foster child adoption. In a private adoption, the biological parents voluntarily relinquish their parental rights and often select the family who will adopt the child. In foster care adoption, parental rights are typically involuntarily terminated, and the birth parents have no control over where the child is placed.
The private adoption process provides more control for adoptive and birth families. When you work with a private adoption agency, you set your boundaries and preferences. Then the agency matches you based on the information you provide. The birth mother creates a comprehensive adoption plan, detailing her preferred adoption journey. Likewise, adoptive families outline their preferences. Adoption specialists work closely with everyone involved to help ensure successful matches. The birth mother reviews profiles of families that meet her criteria. Then she selects a family from that pool.
The adoption process is emotional, and it can be stressful. Working with a TN private adoption agency provides crucial guidance to adoptive families and birth parents. Destiny Adoption offers plenty of education, counseling and personal guidance for our families. These services result in happier, healthier adoption journeys.
Private adoption agencies gather the medical and family history from the birth parents. They pass this data along to the adoptive family. When a mother chooses adoption, she shares this information willingly. In a foster care adoption, medical and family history is limited to what can be found in records.
A private domestic adoption is the only option to adopt a newborn or infant. U.S. foster child adoption and private international adoption rarely have infants available.
The first step is to contact a licensed Tennessee private adoption agency such as Destiny Adoption Services. If you are a pregnant woman considering adoption, we have specialists available 24/7 to speak with you confidentially. Our adoption professionals are also here to speak with prospective adoptive parents. Call or text us at 865-392-6261.
Our organization has a culture of inclusivity. We open our arms and hearts to all types of people. We value and appreciate diversity. We accept families and birth parents of all religions, races and sexual orientations. We strongly believe that families are comprised of love. Anyone with the desire and ability to care for a child deserves the opportunity to do so. Our birth parents and adoptive families come from all walks of life, and we are grateful to serve them in all their unique forms.
Tennessee, along with the rest of the nation, is struggling with an opioid addiction epidemic. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one baby with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) was born every 25 minutes in 2012. And the numbers have continued to rise ever since. NAS takes place when newborn babies undergo withdrawal after being exposed to drugs in the womb.
Because every parent wants a healthy and happy child, opioid addiction and other types of drug use tend to make many adoptive parents wary. However, it’s not a deterrent to adopting for most parents. Many birth mothers choose adoption because their current life situation would make parenting a child arduous or even impossible. Oftentimes, a difficult life situation can be traced back to alcohol and drug use. In some cases, opioid addiction starts innocently enough through a doctor’s prescription such as Xanax, Vicodin, Percocet, hydrocodone or tramadol. Then, the issue advances to purchasing these drugs on the street, and in some cases, moving on to more illicit drugs such as heroin.
No matter the circumstances that lead to opioid addiction, there is presently an increase in the number of unborn babies who are exposed to drugs. Being adopted by a caring family can make a huge difference in the lives of these children.
Hospitals statewide have established a protocol for weaning babies from drugs. If a child is going to be adopted, the adoptive parents are urged to be present in the hospital during the withdrawal stages. Most of the time, a prescribed opiate such as morphine is provided to help the baby cope while progressively reducing the amount used. Adoption counselors may also arrange birth mother visits to help the baby by having the birth mom hold the child.
Luckily, the effects of opioid withdrawal typically pass within a few weeks, and the babies rarely need long-term medication. Statistics indicate that it will presumably take six to eight weeks for all withdrawal symptoms to disappear if the birth mother was on methadone for as little as one month before birth. For that reason, intervention as early as possible in the pregnancy is important to assist the birth mother with transitioning to medically prescribed opioids such as suboxone, naloxone or methadone. Then when the baby is born, the withdrawal period will be easier and shorter.
To help with identifying potential drug use issues, our adoption counselors work closely with every birth mother. They will ask about drug, alcohol and cigarette use in a nonjudgmental way, which expresses mutual interest in supporting the health of the birth mother and her unborn child. Additionally, checking criminal and medical records may help reveal information that the birth mother might be afraid to share. We put a great deal of effort into finding out what, if any, substances the birth mother may have been using during her pregnancy. Then, we help both her and her baby receive treatment.
Our goal is to do our very best to assist the birth mothers in entering a substance abuse program. When necessary, a regulated opioid such as suboxone or methadone is prescribed so that her cravings are controlled and the baby’s withdrawals will be less severe.
For many people in Tennessee, the scope of picture-perfect parents is limited to a married man and woman. Acceptance of LGBTQ parents is still very new in this region. However, same-sex couples are starting families more frequently with the availability of modern medicine, technology and societal changes that are beginning to embrace the LGBTQ community. Through artificial insemination, surrogates, and adoption, these families are able to raise well-adjusted children the same as heterosexual parents.
Statistics show that 1/3 of the nation’s adoption agencies do not place children with LGBTQ couples, and that number is likely much higher in the conservative southern states, such as Tennessee. It is often due to religious beliefs upon which many agencies are founded. Destiny Adoption Services is one of the few adoption agencies in Tennessee that is not faith-based and embraces the diversity of adoptive families and birth parents.
Remember that Tennessee was one of the 13 states that prohibited same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court ruled on the issue. One might think that since same-sex marriage is now legal, these couples are treated the same as any other married couple trying to adopt. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Here at Destiny, we support LGBTQ adoption and consider it an honor to work with all types of adoptive parents. If you are an LGBTQ person interested in adopting a child, contact us for information and assistance. Our adoption specialists are available 24/7 to answer your questions. 865-392-6261