Tennessee State Information

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

Child Abuse/ Neglect Central Registry Check Toll-Free: (877) 237-0004

Department of Child Services

Secretary of State The fee for an apostille or authentication is $2.00 per document

The 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.edu

Monroe 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.html

Adoption 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