History of GLBT Adoption in Nashville and Middle TN

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Since 2002, Jewish Family Service has been the adoption agency who says “YES” enthusiastically to serving the GLBTQ community through adoption

In 2002, an openly gay man tried to find an adoption agency to help him in his quest to adopt, JFS was the only agency to say “YES”

In 2005, when Judge Marietta Shipley searched for an adoption agency to conduct the first home study in Tennessee for a second-parent adoption, again JFS was the only agency to say “YES”

Over the years, we have been passionate advocates for adoption equality, as bills introduced to ban gay adoption in Tennessee have been introduced.

In 2011 JFS was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award for the adoption and advocacy work that we do with the LGBTQ community.

JFS is proud that through our Adoption Journeys program 46 children have been originally adopted and 99children have been provided security and stability through second parent adoption in the GLBTQ community.

Join us to celebrate and support 14 years of building families in the GLBT community through adoption

Thursday,  November 3rd  from 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres

and a breathtaking view of Nashville

 at the home of

Curtis Shaw Child and Desmond Child

509 Tuckaway Court Nashville 37205

…Hear the heartwarming adoption

story of Dr. Christopher Harris and his 14 year old daughter, Maria.

Dr. Harris, who is openly gay, turned to JFS in 2002 when he was unable to find another

agency to help him adopt.

Honor former Judge Marietta Shipley for

her courageous perseverance in finding an adoption agency willing to conduct the

first home study in Davidson County for a second-parent adoption in 2005


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Host Committee

Iris Buhl

Michael Burcham and Hal Cato

 Curtis Shaw Child and Desmond Child

Robin Cohn and Jennifer Knight

Jeremy Davis and Matthew Dillman

Jesse Ehrenfeld and Judd Taback

Kaaren Engel

Randy and Michael Gross

Heidi and John Hassenfeld

Paul Hoffman and Peter Martino

Pam and Saul Kelner

Allison and Chris Koch

Rabbi Shana Goldstein Mackler and James Mackler

Judy Lojek and Suzanne Bradford

Linda Latter

Patty and Jimmy Marks

 Marissa and Ben Russ

Arlene and Howard Safer

Maria Salas

Stan Schklar (chair) and Marco Fernandez

Jim Schmidt and Joe Woolley

Anna and Martin Sir

Katie and Anderson Williams

Alice Zimmerman