Adoption is one of the most rewarding areas of practice for Kay Church.

Clients often feel the final sense of “family” as well as the legal protections of the law for the step-children or adopted children.

A step-parent adoption involves a termination of parental rights and can include changing a child’s last name on his or her birth certificate.  It  and will forever terminate  the legal ties between a child and their uninvolved parent. A more traditional adoption can be a lengthy and emotionally charged process. Kay will zealously advocate for each child and strive to complete the process as quickly as possible.

How does it work?


Schedule a free initial consultation, which can occur in person or over the phone (with a possible link to that online scheduling you were thinking about).


Officially hire us to represent you, we would be honored to handle your case.


We file a Petition in the appropriate court clerk’s office to Terminate any existing parental rights and then for adoption by the prospective parents.


Finalize a termination of parental rights.


Finalize the adoption portion of the case with a judge deciding or approving the adoption.


Obtain a new birth certificate reflecting the legal relationship of parent and child.

Meet D. Kay Church

D. Kay Church practices Family Law in the Middle Tennessee area, with the majority of her cases in Williamson, Davidson, Maury and Rutherford counties. While D. Kay Church focuses primarily on Family Law she also handles many other areas of practice.

Are you ready to start the conversation?