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Adoption Agency Services Nashville

Adoption is a journey. Let us to be your guide for placement and adoption services in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

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Compassionate and inclusive adoption services serving Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Choosing to adopt a child, or to place a child for adoption, is a life-altering decision. Jewish Family Service is a licensed child-placing agency in Tennessee with more than 50 years of experience in adoption services in Nashville and Middle Tennessee and operates out of a place of knowledge and compassion for everyone involved.

Choosing adoption is an extremely emotional decision, and JFS has the tools to guide the process along until it reaches the end goal – a happy, healthy family unit. The opportunity to receive education and counseling along the way is invaluable to the success of the adoption journey. While there is a fee for our adoption services, we are confident you will feel well-informed and prepared throughout the entire process.

Serving Tennessee Families

Since 1970


JFS adoption services are open to all Tennesseans, regardless of religious affiliation, race, ability, orientation, or identity.


We were the first child welfare agency in the state to facilitate an LGBTQ+ adoption (2002) and the first adoption agency in TN certified as a Human Rights Campaign (HRC), All Children’s All Families Agency.


Over the last 50 years, we have helped place nearly 1,000 children into loving, thriving homes.

Who We Serve

Adoption Services

Birth Parents

Choosing to place your child for adoption takes courage and compassion. We’re here to offer guidance and support.

Adoptive Parents

With over 50 years of experience in adoption services in Nashville, we’ll simplify the process and help grow your family.

LGBTQ+ Adoption

Since 2002, we have been passionate advocates for adoption equality in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Inclusion Commitment

Jewish Family Service believes that families can be comprised of many different make ups because love knows no bounds. JFS is proud to offer services to anyone compelled to adoption, no matter their religious affiliation, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

How We Serve

Nashville Adoption Services

Adopting in Tennessee can be an overwhelming process; it can be hard to even know where to begin. With over 50 years of experience in adoption services in Nashville, we’ll help you get started on your journey.

Are adoptions services available to everyone?

Yes! While some of our other programs are available to only those of the Jewish faith, our Nashville adoption services are available to the entire community.

How do I get started?

You can send a request here, or call us at (615) 356-4234.

How will you keep my information private?

All communications with JFS are confidential and all employees must sign confidentiality agreements. Written records are kept in locked files. Although our offices are located within the Gordon Jewish Community Center, the entrance to our offices are in the back of the building with a private entrance and fully confidential.

Do you charge fees for service?

Adoption is a fee for service program.  Contact us for more details. 

“We wanted to let you know how truly appreciative we are that you have been so friendly and efficient in getting [our adoption] done for us in a timely fashion. You have far exceeded our expectations and made this experience very pleasant for us both. It was truly a pleasure meeting you.”

– Adoption Client

“We will never be able to express our gratitude for all you have done to make our dream of becoming parents a reality. Our daughter is a happy and healthy child.”

– Adoption Client

“The staff of Jewish Family Service gave our family a sense of compassion and caring in a sometimes challenging process.”

– Adoption Client

“We have often thought of you since our last home visit. I wanted to take this time to remind you how very much you are appreciated.”

– Adoption Client

All Services

Our comprehensive social services and programs are designed to enrich the whole person, enhance the whole family, and empower the whole community–no matter your age, race, religion, preference, identity, economic standing, or otherwise.

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Counseling Services

Life can be challenging, relationships can be hard, and you may need the extra support that comes with working with a therapist. Our licensed social workers offer counseling for individuals, couples, and families, as well as for children and adolescents.

Individuals  |  Couples  |  Families   |  Children & Teens

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Adoption Services

Choosing to adopt a child, or to place a child for adoption, is a life-altering decision. We are a licensed child-placing agency in Tennessee with more than 40 years of experience in adoption services in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

Birth Parents  |  Adoptive Parents  |  LGBTQ+ Adoptions

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Food & Financial Support

Whether you need emergency financial assistance, such as help paying a utility bill or rent for the month, or material assistance by ensuring your children have gifts at the holidays, school supplies, or food supplements, Jewish Family Service offers this critical assistance in a confidential, compassionate manner.

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Older Adult Programs & Services

We recognize that older adults are true treasures, and we strive to create and maintain a community that values and celebrates them for their wisdom, contributions, and experiences. Our programs and services are an important outlet for our older adults, encouraging them to be social and stimulated.

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Family & Community Enrichment

Life can be challenging, and knowledge is power. The Jewish Family Service’s Family and Community Enrichment programs serve to empower, protect, and address the ever-changing needs of the entire Nashville community.

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Who We Are

Passionate providers of comprehensive social services, we are advocates, allies, educators, cheerleaders, and guides who create solutions to problems facing families and individuals of all ages.

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jfs-nashville-about-us-thumbnail-2024Our Staff

We are a team of experienced professionals dedicated to treating each person with compassion, care and dignity.

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jfs-nashville-board-of-directors-thumbnail-2024Board of Directors

A group of people with different backgrounds and perspectives who come together to help Jewish Family Service fulfill its mission and expand its reach.

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Our Impact

We serve the people of Nashville and Middle Tennessee in many different ways. Here are a few of the human stories where JFS programs have made a tangible difference in people’s daily lives.

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Items That Tell a Story

We’ve compiled a selection of items that we use frequently at JFS – in some cases every day.

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Ways To Help

The number of ways in which you can help support individuals and families navigate life’s transitions are endless.

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Volunteers are a vital part of how we support our clients. Find opportunities to assist those in our community who need a helping hand.

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Make a Donation

Since our founding in 1853, the generous support of our community has made the work of Jewish Family Service possible.

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JFS Central

Press coverage about JFS Nashville’s programing and services, learn about the history of the agency from our past newsletters, and enjoy reading original JFS content like our signature advice column, “Dear Esther.” Stay up to date with the impact we’re making throughout our community.

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Events & Gatherings

Check out the full calendar of upcoming JFS Nashville events. From community education, support groups, and special engagements alike, find out where you can show up and get connected.

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Information & Referral Resources

Connect with our community partners. Our information and referral directory includes local and national resources that can provide additional support for addiction, mental health, and more.

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Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters is a JFS series that was designed to reduce the stigma of mental health issues by providing education, increasing awareness, and inclusivity. Check out our ongoing resources and past programming.

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Senior Services Directory

Need to know which pharmacies deliver? How to get a ride somewhere? Volunteer opportunities? The senior directory is the go-to resource for anything seniors might need related to the community.

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Contact Us

How can we help? Send us a message, give us a call, or find us on social media. We usually respond within 1-2 business days.

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