TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Berkley Schwarz on Apr 6, 2018
The Tennessee: First In Adoption Act, HB1856, passed the House of Representatives unanimously this week. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, and Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin, the legislation makes significant changes to Tennessee adoption laws. The legislation was drafted by members of the TBA Adoption Law Section, and it addresses a number of issues, such as simplifying and adding to the Tennessee Code the parental surrender form, clarifying parental termination grounds, and affording greater protections to biological fathers attempting to assert their parental rights. Earlier in the week, the Senate Judiciary Committee had voted to adopt the House Civil Justice Committee amendment and recommend the Senate version, SB1851, which is now identical to the House bill for passage. The next step will be consideration by the full Senate.