The Knoxville TN office

 Lic# 19050 

DESTINY ADOPTION SERVICES OF KNOXVILLE, TN

About the TN office

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

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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:

(865) 392-6261 

TN Adoption Topics

Financial Assistance for TN Birth Parents

Financial Assistance for TN Birth Parents

Financial Assistance for TN Birth Parents

Birth Parent Financial Assistance

 Learn about the financial assistance available to prospective birth mothers. 

How to Place a Baby for Adoption in TN

Financial Assistance for TN Birth Parents

Financial Assistance for TN Birth Parents

How to put a baby up for adoption in tennessee

What you need to know about placing a child for adoption in Tennessee.

Understanding Private Adoption in Tennessee

Financial Assistance for TN Birth Parents

Understanding Private Adoption in Tennessee

understanding private adoption

 

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.


Facts About Same-Sex Adoption in Tennessee

Adoptive Parents: Tips for Your First Conversation with a Birth Mom

Understanding Private Adoption in Tennessee

Facts About Same-Sex Adoption in Tennessee

 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. 

Adoptive Parents: Tips for Your First Conversation with a Birth Mom

Adoptive Parents: Tips for Your First Conversation with a Birth Mom

Adoptive Parents: Tips for Your First Conversation with a Birth Mom

Adoptive Parents: Tips for Your First Conversation with a Birth Mom

Advice for this first and very important communication

The Opioid Crisis and Adoption in Tennessee

Adoptive Parents: Tips for Your First Conversation with a Birth Mom

Adoptive Parents: Tips for Your First Conversation with a Birth Mom

The Opioid Crisis and Adoption in Tennessee

The opioid epidemic impacts children all over the nation. In this article, we examine how it specifically effects adoption in  TN.

smiling baby from private adoption

Understanding Private Adoption in Tennessee

 

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.


Advantages of Tennessee Private Adoption

Greater Control

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.


Guidance

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.


Access to Family History

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.


Infant Adoption

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.


How to Begin the Private Adoption Process

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.


Who Does Destiny Adoption Work With?

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.


Contact us for more information and assistance with a Tennessee private adoption. 865-392-6261

pregnant woman addicted to opioids

The Opioid Crisis and Adoption in Tennessee

 

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.


How Do Hospitals Address the Opioid Addiction Issue?


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 more information and assistance with adoption in Tennessee, call us at 865-392-6261.

gay couple with adopted child

Facts About Same-Sex Adoption in Tennessee

 

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.


The Facts

  • Studies show that children are influenced by interactions with parents, not by their parents’ sexual orientation.
  • The claim that children of LGBTQ parents are less intelligent, less popular, or more likely to have problems is simply untrue and remains unproven.
  • Great parents create safe and loving homes for children, and sexual orientation is irrelevant to their ability and desire to do that.
  • There is evidence that sexual orientation and gender identity form similarly in children of heterosexual parents as in children of same-sex parents. In other words, a child raised by an LGBTQ parent is not more or less likely to become LGBTQ. There is no evidence that a person’s environment influences their propensity toward a same-sex lifestyle.
  • The following states allow same-sex couples to petition for a second parent adoption: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.
  • Mississippi is the only state that does not allow LGBTQ couples to petition for joint adoption.
  • Children adopted by same-sex couples tend to be younger than other adopted children and are often born outside of the U.S.
  • A 2015 project at Columbia University assembled scholarly, peer-reviewed studies on the well-being of children with same-sex parents. From the 77 studies, only four found that having same-sex parents negatively impacts a child.



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