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Adopting in Missouri

Adoption in Missouri

Missouri is nicknamed, "The Show Me State," because early American settlers didn't believe in its existence. What you can believe in are the state's adoption laws. Any adult may adopt, and there are many allowances for Adoptive Families to financially support the Birth Mom. Medical, legal (plus court costs, administration expenses), counseling, living (food, shelter, utilities, transportation, and clothing within community norms; adoption-related travel) can be covered by Adoptive Parents. Interesting facts: Missouri is known for ragtime, Kansas City jazz, St. Louis blues and Kansas City-style barbeque.

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Adoption Attorneys in Missouri

15 Adoption Agencies in MO

15 AAAA Attorneys in MO

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  • Attorney
    Kay A. Van Pelt
    1524 E. Primrose, Suite A
    Springfield, MO 65804
    (417) 886-9080
    (417) 886-8563
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Rachel J. White
    P.O. Box 358
    Rolla, MO 65402
    (573) 426-3346
    (573) 426-2232
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Mary Beck
    2775 W. Shag Bark Court
    Columbia, MO 65203
    (573) 446-7554
    (866) 632-1345
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Cindy A. Bentch
    PO Box 521
    Versailles, MO 65084
    (573) 569-2344
    (573) 564-4286
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    David Sims
    202 South Wood Street
    Neosho, MO 64850
    (417) 451-3883
    (417) 451-3885
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Hon. Joseph L. Hensley
    Jasper County Courts Bldg, 601 S. Pearl Avenue, Room 211
    Joplin, MO 64801
    (417) 625-4316
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Karen Rosenberg
    4520 Main St., Suite 700
    Kansas City, MO 64111
    (816) 756-5800
    (816) 756-1999
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Michael J. Belfonte
    14801 E. 42nd Street South
    Kansas City, MO 64055
    (816) 842-3580
    (816) 842-7875
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Jayne M. Glaser
    222 S. Central, #708
    Clayton, MO 63105
    (314) 726-6242
    (314) 726-5155
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Catherine W. Keefe
    222 South Central Ave. Suite 708
    Clayton, MO 63105
    (314) 726-6242
    (314) 726-5155
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Harry O'Rourke
    222 South Central Avenue, Suite 202
    St. Louis, MO 63105
    (314) 863-8484
    (314) 863-5312
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Allan F. Stewart
    222 S. Central, Suite 202
    Saint Louis, MO 63105
    (314) 863-8484
    (314) 863-5312
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Joanna Beck Wilkinson
    81 Aberdeen Place
    St. Louis, MO 63105
    (573) 446-7554
    (866) 632-1345
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Sarah S. Ginther
    Kansas City, MO
    (816) 217-9998
    (816) 293-9189
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Taylor Goodale
    Union, MO
    (636) 583-4541
    (636) 583-4541
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption

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      I do not have any children. However, I hope that one day I will be able to adopt again to provide a sibling. I also believe it's incredibly important to treat all children the same with no favoritism. - April

Traveling For Your Adoption in Missouri

Length of ICPC
in Missouri

1-30 days

Email: MO_ICPC@dss.mo.gov

Missouri participates in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) – a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.

Adoption Law FAQ in Missouri

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Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Code of Regs. Tit. 13, § 40-73.080
    The family assessment process shall include:
    • Confidential interviews with the applicants and all members of the applicants’ household, as age appropriate
    • A visit to the residence of the applicants that includes a complete inspection of the home
    • A minimum of at least two separate visits on nonconsecutive days
    A social history on each applicant that shall include:
    • A description of the applicant’s family of origin, including type of family structure, values, child rearing, relationships past and present, and discipline methods
    • Education and occupational history including current employment
    • Marital history and current relationships
    • Interests and hobbies
    • Physical and mental health history including psychiatric treatment, if any, and extent of alcohol and drug use
    • The applicant’s emotional stability and maturity
    • Religious beliefs and practices
    • Parenting background including motivation to adopt
    • Location and description of physical residence, including type of community and school district available
    • Financial status and management
    Supplemental documentation shall include:
    • At least four reference letters, including one employment-related reference per applicant from one who has worked with the person within the past 5 years, one relative, and one nonrelated personal reference
    • A child abuse and neglect background screening check that is no more than 6 months old
    • Criminal arrest and conviction records from a State law enforcement agency that are no more than 6 months old
    • Written medical reports on all adult members of the household that are no more than 12 months old
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Code of Regs. Tit. 13, § 40-59.030
    Information obtained from the criminal background and central registry checks regarding harmful acts to a child is provided to local division staff who are completing the home study. Findings of harmful acts do not automatically preclude approval. The relevance of the findings to child-caring responsibilities will be determined by division staff.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Code of Regs. Tit. 13, § 40-73.080
    Adoptive family assessments shall be updated annually. An update also shall be completed if there is a significant change in the family situation. Updates shall include:
    • One or more interviews with all members of the family
    • Medical reports on all household members biennially unless otherwise indicated
    • Child abuse/neglect reports on all adults completed within the past 30 days
    • Arrest record check completed within the past 30 days
    • Evaluation of any previous placements
    • A summary of additional children to be adopted
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 453.077; Code of Regs. Tit. 13, § 40-73.080
    When a child has been placed with the petitioner for the required 6-month placement period, the person conducting the preplacement assessment shall provide the court with a postplacement assessment. The postplacement assessment shall include an update of the preplacement assessment that was submitted to the court and a report on the emotional, physical, and psychological status of the child.
    In regulation: A child-placing agency shall maintain contact with the family during the supervision period. For children younger than age 3, the agency shall:
    • Conduct quarterly home visits until the adoption is final
    • Conduct monthly telephone contacts between home visits
    • Receive regular written reports from the child’s pediatrician
    For children age 3 or older or children with special needs, the agency shall:
    • Conduct one home visit within the first 10 days of placement, then, at a minimum, quarterly until the adoption is finalized
    • Conduct monthly telephone contacts between home visits
    • Receive regular written reports from the child’s pediatrician
    The agency shall document in the child’s record that all members of the adoptive family’s household, including the adoptive child, were interviewed during supervision and that the following issues were discussed:
    • How the addition of this child into the family has changed marital and sibling relationships and how extended family and friends have reacted to the adoption
    • What role each family member has assumed in child care
    • How parents have coped with adjustments, additional responsibilities, discipline, physical, psychological, emotional, and financial stresses
    • How the family is imparting knowledge of the child’s history, as age appropriate
    • The child’s adjustment, including health, school, and family

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