International Adoption – Tennessee

Tennessee State InformationBelow is a list of helpful information for your adoption journey in Tennessee.

Child Abuse/ Neglect Central Registry Check

Toll-Free: (877) 237-0004Department of Child Services

Secretary of State

The fee for an apostille or authentication is $2.00 per documentThe County Clerk must certify the notary public’s signature before the document can be apostilled or authenticated

Documents are taken to the State of Tennessee Department of State, Division of Business Services, NTS Unit, 312 Eighth Avenue North, 6th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower, Nashville, Tennessee 37243. Requests for apostilles and authentications of documents can also be mailed to the Secretary of State to the above address. The phone number for more information is (615) 741-3699, the fax number is (615) 741-7310, and the email address is business.services@state.tn.us

Services may be obtained in person at the Secretary of State building during the hours of 8:00am until 3:30pm, Monday through Friday

Vital Records and Health Services

Tennessee Vital Records
Department of Health Central Services Building
421 5th Avenue
North Nashville, TN 37247-0450

State Police Check

Information Systems Division

USCIS Office

USCIS -Tennessee
842 Virginia Run Cove
Memphis, TN 38122-4419Email: memadoption@dhs.gov

Fingerprint offices:

USCIS Application Support Center
842 Virginia Run Cove
Memphis, TN 38122-4419

USCIS Application Support Center/Airpark Business Center
1400 Donelson Pike, Suite B-13
Nashville, TN 37217

*The above offices serve all of the state of Tennessee

Home Study providers

Please contact your adoption consultant for a list of home study providers.

Medical Clinics

Vanderbilt International Adoption Clinic: international.adoption@vanderbilt.eduMonroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
2200 Children’s Way
Nashville, Tenn. 37232
Phone: (615) 936-1000

Post-Adoption Lawyers

Lisa Collins: (615) 269-5540Michael Geracioti: (615) 244-4944

Kevin Weaver: (901) 757-1700

Dawn Coppock  865-933-8173

International adoption training

Vanderbilt International Adoption Clinic: international.adoption@vanderbilt.edu

Adoption support groups

FCC: http://www.fccmidtn.org/5.htmlAdoption Support and Preservation: http://www.tnasap.org/index.php?command=6

Childhood Centers and Programs

Department of Education – Office of Early Childhood
Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS)
710 James Robertson Pkwy, 7th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243Phone: 1-800-852-7157