Whether you’re a prospective adoptive family searching for the right Licensed Child-Placing Agency, looking for assistance in getting a Home Study, or you’re an adoption professional wanting to connect with other professionals check out the below list of IAC Members who may be able to help:
Adoption Advocacy of Tennessee
Adoption Advocacy of Tennessee is a licensed child placing agency. We write independent home studies for families who live in Tennessee and are working with attorneys or other agencies to complete their adoption.
We can help with all aspects of the adoption process including pre and post-adoption counseling, paternity, funding sources, final decree and ICPC. We place children from other states with Tennessee families and have worked with many state child welfare systems.
A new addition to our agency —We just added a counselor to work with children/tweens who were adopted either domestic or international.
We are here to answer any questions you might have. We look forward to walking the adoption journey with you.
Adoption Assistance, Inc.
Adoption Assistance, Inc. provides services in a professional, efficient, and affordable manner. We are a Hague accredited, non-profit, licensed Tennessee adoption agency that is dedicated to assisting families with the adoption process, including assistance with immigration, certifications, and guidance on dossier preparation. Adoption Assistance offers home studies for international, domestic, and independent adoptions.
Julie Erwin is the founder and Executive Director of Adoption Assistance, Inc. She is the parent of five internationally adopted children from Guatemala and Taiwan.
Adoption Promises has been a licensed child placing agency since 1996, providing domestic and international home studies for families across the state of Tennessee. Some of our families are doing private, independent adoptions while others are working with agencies around the country. We have also been placing older children from other states with Tennessee families who are looking to adopt older children from the child welfare system. In addition to face-to-face visits, a home study consists of completing paperwork, criminal background checks, references, medicals and a questionnaire. Please feel free to call or email your questions.
AGAPE is a nonprofit social services agency founded in 1966. Its mission is to provide Christian-based social services for individuals, children, and families in crisis. Those services include voluntary foster care placement as an alternative to DCS foster care, maternity work, adoption services, psychological services, and counseling. AGAPE is licensed by the State of Tennessee as a child placing agency and is accredited through CARF International. PATH training and home study services are offered for families who wish to become foster parents or to adopt children through the agency or children who are in foster care featured on websites such as www.adoptuskids.org. AGAPE also provides training and post placement supervision for independent adoptions and embryo adoption.
All Blessings International, Inc.
1950 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 203
Franklin, TN 37067
3808 South Griffith Avenue
Owensboro, KY 42301
All Blessings International is a Christian non-profit organization and Hague accredited adoption agency that believes in the innate worth of every individual child and seeks to assist the children of the world by helping build families through adoption and providing humanitarian aid to children in need. It is this organization’s firm belief that every child has a right to grow up in a family where he or she is loved, nurtured, protected and appreciated for his or her unique individuality. We have programs in Haiti, Burkina Faso, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Central African Republic. Additionally, we serve birth mothers through our domestic program and a Korea network program, both of which are available to clients in the four states where we are licensed: Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Missouri. We provide home study services for families interested in domestic placements outside our agency or international adoption from any country, with strong partnerships with agencies providing adoptions in China, India, Bulgaria, Colombia, etc. For more information, please contact Rebekah Mitchell or Stephanie Williams.
America World Adoption Association
America World Adoption Association is a Christian-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families adopt children from around the world. We currently have programs in China, India, Haiti. Our organization is run with the adoptive family at heart. America World values the right of every child to have a family and believes adoption is a God ordained way to build a family. America World is also devoted to actively supporting orphan awareness ministries and hopes to spread the spirit of adoption within the Christian community. As some countries have closed to international adoption, America World has stepped in as a social service to help educate and address the issues that countries face. Since 1994, America World has placed over 4,600 orphans into their forever families. Our staff would be honored to help grow your family through international adoption!
Bethany Christian Services Of Tennessee
Bethany Christian Services started in 1944. Bethany Christian Services is located in 36 states and works in many countries around the world. The Middle Tennessee branch office opened in 1995 and we offer the following services for families and children:
Bethany Christian Services of Middle Tennessee has a full-time pregnancy counselor who provides counseling, support and services during crisis pregnancies.
Domestic Infant, International and Foster Care Adoption.
Bethany Christian Services offers complete adoption services and counseling from the initial application and home studies through post – placement. We offer Domestic Infant Adoption, International Adoption and Older Child Foster Care Adoption programs. We also offer many adoption trainings including Trust-Based Relation Intervention (TBRI) and post adoption counseling and services.
Safe Families for Children:
Safe Families is program that provides an alternative to foster care. Through Safe Families, Host Families receive no compensation for caring for children, and parents voluntarily have their children stay with them. The goal of the Safe Families ministry is to offer support in a time of need and reunite children with their families in a stronger home environment. This temporary care for children in need gives parents time to establish stability in their homes. Because Safe Families is not foster care, the children are not placed in the care of the state. Bethany staff work with the parents during this transition to identify steps to regain stability and reunite with their children quickly and safely. Parents may have their children live with a Host Family because of any number of challenges such as: postpartum depression, financial instability, acute illness or hospitalization, domestic violence, drug or alcohol addiction, incarceration of one parent.
Transitional Foster Care for Refugee Families:
Bethany Christian Services of Middle Tennessee has a large transitional foster care center and full staff with all amenities in Nashville. This center provides caring and committed foster parents who are willing to open their homes to children from other countries in need, through our refugee and immigrant foster care program. Refugee foster families provide a safe place for unaccompanied minors from other countries until the children are reunited with their parents.
Bethany is reviewed by the Council of Accreditation on a regular basis to receive its reaccreditation. COA continually recognizes Bethany Christian Services as an outstanding provider.
Bridging the Gap
Our mission is to come alongside families, couples, like-minded groups, and individuals to promote growth and development regarding intrapersonal, interpersonal, academic, and life skills. We do this service from a Christ-centered point of view. Pamela Poteat, our primary biblical counselor, specializes in trauma and attachment issues; she has been practicing for over twenty years. Pamela has a background with the foster care system, adopting, as well as working within the DCS system in Middle Tennessee. Terry Carter, our education specialist, spent forty years in education and holds a Master’s Degree in Learning Difficulties.
We provide counseling for children, teens, individuals, and couples—as well as therapeutic parenting sessions. Our services include biblical counseling, trauma-focused therapy, educational therapy, adoption assistance, sensory therapy, as well a variety of other services. Our goal is to work together to take our clients to stabilization and then to healing.
Catholic Charities of Tennessee
Catholic Charities of Tennessee is a licensed child-placing agency by the State of Tennessee. They provide services to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy with supportive professional counseling. In addition, they provide services to families wishing to adopt by providing both domestic and international home studies. The agency has regular information meetings for families beginning the adoption process. Catholic Charities now provides post adoption counseling to families that have adopted children. ASAP (Adoption Support and Prevention) is a statewide program of which Catholic Charities provides services to the Middle Tennessee Area.
Connected by Love Adoptions
Connected by Love Adoptions is a child placing agency licensed by the states of Tennessee and Florida. Our agency is small and prides ourselves on providing the best most top-notch service to moms and adoptive parents. Moms are the heart of our agency and we have a very strong amazing advocacy team in place to serve them in the best way possible.
Our services include domestic adoptions, home studies, post placement visits, birth mom support before, during, and after placement, job and resume assistance of all of our expectant moms, labor and delivery support, and birth mom support groups.
Our adoption services are provided to prospective parents regardless of race, age, religion, sex, marital status, physical disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or income.
Our entire team has personal adoption or foster care experience. We would welcome the opportunity to serve you!
Decisions Choice & Options
“Decisions Choices & Options is an education program focused on equipping students for success thru teen pregnancy prevention, life affirming choices and adoption education.”
Since 2002, DCO has offered educational programs to middle and high school students in public, private and parochial schools, partnered with over 130 pregnancy resource centers to provide training and implementation of our programs to schools of their areas and spoken at national conferences regarding adoption education. DCO is the only educational program reaching over 85,000 teens with accurate information on the reality of teenage pregnancy, the options facing these teens and the need for positive information regarding adoption. Programs include Healthy Boundaries: Middle School; DCO Facts about Teen Pregnancy: 9th grade; Cost of Teen Parenting: 11th grade; The Adoption Friendly Classroom: Elementary School; and ‘exposed’: college.
Green Hills Adoption Support Services
Green Hills is an adoption support agency providing assistant to families nationwide since 2016, having worked with foster and adoptive families since 2004. We provide domestic home studies and post placement documents for families in Texas and Tennessee. We strive to educate, prepare and support families making decisions about how to grow their families and we pride ourselves in establishing relationships with all our families. We would love to help you map out a plan for adoption, write your home study and provide support on the day of your adoption.
Heaven Sent Children Adoption
Heaven Sent Children Adoption, a private agency in Middle TN, was founded in 1991 to provide the promotion of healthy adoptive family life through education, resources, counseling, advocacy and support services. Since that time we have placed more than 1,150 children from across the United States and abroad. Our guiding principle is to build forever families through the provision of services which empowers children and families to thrive.
Home Adoption Studies, Inc.
Most people have the same question, “Where do we start?” If you live in TN or GA the answer is Home Adoption Studies, Inc.!
Everyone needs an approved homestudy before they can begin with any agency, attorney, or coordinator to adopt a child . We provide ICPC ready home studies, which means you can take your study anywhere in the US to any resource to locate your child. If you don’t know how to choose a resource, then we can help you with that too. As adoptive parents we have been where you are in this journey, and as a licensed agency we want to help you reach your dreams of adopting. Home Adoption Studies is a 501c3 non profit licensed agency in the state of GA and TN approved to do home studies for GA/TN residents seeking to adopt domestically, internationally, embryo adoption, second parent adoptions, and educating.
We are also licensed in GA to work with birth families and full service adoptions for adoptive families.
Adoption Journeys at Jewish Family Services
Adoption Journeys is a program of Jewish Family Service of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Inc., a licensed Tennessee adoption agency that provides services regardless of religious affiliation or sexual orientation. Adoption Journeys offers quality adoption services including home studies for domestic and international adoptions, post placement services, education, and support.
Lisa L. Collins, Esq.
Ms. Collins is an attorney in Nashville and devotes her law practice to adoption law and alternative reproductive technology law. Ms. Collins’ adoption practice includes representing adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoption agencies in their adoption needs, including domestic private and agency adoptions, related person adoptions, international adoptions, interstate adoptions, contested adoptions, termination actions in juvenile court and surrogacy. She is a fellow of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys and served as the 2011-2012 vice president.
Mercy Multiplied equips people to live free and stay free through Jesus Christ. Our residential counseling program helps young women ages 13-32 break free from life controlling issues and situations that on occasion involve unplanned pregnancy. (Other issues include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, addictions, and abuse.) The residential program is voluntary, biblically based, and completely free of charge. Mercy’s goal is to empower these young women and give them keys to experience lasting freedom. Mercy Multiplied counsels each expectant mother and allows her to make her own choice about parenting or placing her baby for adoption. Mercy Multiplied is licensed by the state of Tennessee as a child-placing agency. For more information on Mercy Multiplied and its global affiliates, please visit www.MercyMultiplied.com.
Miriam’s Promise is a faith-based, nonprofit, Hague accredited child placing agency providing compassionate pregnancy counseling, parenting and adoption services in Middle Tennessee. Pregnancy counseling services focus on decision making, coping with grief and loss and evaluating pregnancy options. Miriam’s Promise offers a domestic infant agency program, domestic independent program and international program. Services offered in these programs for adoptive clients include home studies, post placement services, post adoption services and therapeutic counseling services specializing in adoption related issues. The agency also provides pre-adoptive preparation and training classes as well as continuing adoption education for families. We are active participants in the annual birthparent celebration and are a member of the National Council For Adoption.
We have been serving children and families since 1997. Therapeutic Interventions provides therapeutic foster care and adoption services for children and youth in state custody in the west, middle and east regions of Tennessee. We have offices in Nashville, Jackson and Cookeville. TI embraces the diversity of the human spirit and we welcome and affirm all children and all families.
Robert D. Tuke, Esq
Trauger & Tuke
222 Fourth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219