Senator Joey Hensley, MD

New 2023 laws improve adoption and foster care services

Series: Tennessee 28th District Update | Story 137

October 19, 2023

When Tennessee ushered in our current fiscal year on July 1, 2023, a slew of new Tennessee laws passed by the General Assembly went into effect. I was proud to pass new laws to care for children by improving adoption and foster care services, as well as strengthening resources to the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and the Wilder Youth Development Center in Fayette County.

A new law went into effect this year to protect prospective adoptive parents and expectant parents from illegal adoption facilitators. Unfortunately, unlicensed and unregulated adoption facilitators, often base...

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