JFS Adoption Services

LGBTQ+ Adoption Services in Middle Tennessee

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We are passionate advocates for adoption equality and understand that love knows no bounds.

If you are an LGBTQ+ person in Nashville or Middle TN who is considering adoption, you have come to the right place. As a gay-friendly service, we will guide you through the adoption process with understanding, sensitivity, reliability, dignity and 40 years of adoption experience.

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LGBTQ+ Adoption History

We are proud that through our Adoption Journeys program, more than 65 children have been originally adopted and over 115 children have been provided security and stability through second parent or step-parent adoption in the LBTQ+ community.
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2002

When an openly gay Nashville man tried to find an adoption agency to help him in his quest to adopt a child, JFS was the only agency to say “YES.”

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2005

When a state judge searched for an agency to conduct the first home study for a second-parent adoption, JFS was the only agency to say “YES.”

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2011

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

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2020

JFS became the first child welfare agency in Tennessee to be certified by the Human Rights Campagin as an “All Children’s All Families Agency.”

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How We Serve

LGBTQ+ Adoption in Tennessee

Since 2002, JFS has been the adoption agency that says “YES!” to enthusiastically to serving the LBTQ+ community through adoption.
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. 

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

- Adoption Client

"I wanted to take this time to remind you how very much you are appreciated."

- Adoption Client

"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

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.

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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Our Staff

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

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Board 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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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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Volunteer

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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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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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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