Open Adoption in Missouri: What do You Need to Know?

The majority of adoptions today are open. What is an open adoption? It means an expectant or birth mother communicates directly with the adoptive couple she selects as her child’s parents.  Learn more about the various adoption plans and how choosing an open adoption could be perfect for you and your child. What are the

The Adoption Process in Missouri: What to Expect

Making an adoption plan for your child is a life-changing experience for everyone involved. For the most part, Missouri adoption laws are similar to other states, but knowing what to expect is essential. From finding the right adoption agency to finalization, here is the process you should follow. Select Your Adoption Specialist When you type

Understanding Adoption Laws and Regulations in Missouri

Creating an adoption plan for a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy or a potential adoptive couple may seem mind-boggling, but it doesn’t have to be. Both parties can be confident when they work with a reputable agency that thoroughly understands its state’s adoption laws. Contact A Gift of Hope Adoptions to learn more about Missouri’s

Can I Get Paid for Putting My Baby Up for Adoption?

Making an adoption plan for your child should cost you nothing. But we are not aware of any State where it is legal for a birth mother to receive payment merely for placing her baby for adoption. Never deal with an agency or adoption coordinator who suggests this. It may be considered a crime  and

How Many Teenage Mothers Put Their Baby Up for Adoption?

The face of adoption today is very different than what people imagine. Although there is no typical birth mother, the image of a desperate pregnant teen who has dropped out of high school, kicked out of her house, and doing drugs isn’t the norm. In fact, most birth mothers today are in their 20s and

Rights of the Birth Mother in Your State

No matter what state you live in, all birth mothers have certain guaranteed rights, such as choosing what’s best for your child. But, in other matters, adoption laws do vary by state. Working with an adoption agency or specialist who understands your state’s rights is vital. Do You Understand Adoption Terms? The adoption process can

Do Teens Have Adoption Rights?

As a teen facing an unexpected pregnancy, you need to know your rights. Every state has different adoption laws, so talking with a reputable adoption agency to know yours is essential. But if you are under 18, you can choose to place your baby for adoption if you feel it is best for both of

Contact with Birth Parents After Adoption

One of the biggest questions women ask when considering adoption for their child is, “Will I have contact with them after the adoption?” Birth mothers and adoptive parents wonder if it will confuse their child to have relationships with both families. The bottom line is maintaining a connection between the biological and adoptive families is

How to Cope with Mood Swings During Pregnancy

The Mayo Clinic lists the early signs of pregnancy. Symptoms include a missed period, tender breasts, fatigue, nausea, and, yes, moodiness. Even though mood swings are a typical pregnancy experience, that doesn’t make them any easier. Concentrate on coping with proper sleep and diet, physical activity, and other techniques.  What Does It Mean to Be

Do My Parents Have to Agree to the Adoption?

Most of us want our parents to approve of the decisions we make in life. But sometimes, it’s necessary to make certain choices they may disagree with. When choosing adoption for your child, your parents do not have to agree with your decision. You can choose what you believe is best for you. If I’m

What They Don’t Tell You About Adoption

Adoption can be a confusing topic filled with misunderstanding. You may have heard both good and bad adoption stories, but no one usually talks about the feeling of loss, the judgment others make, or the satisfaction you can feel knowing you did what was best for your child. Adoption Involves Loss There is no other

5 Tips for Your First Conversation with the Adoptive Parents

By now, you’ve shared with your adoption coordinator what you are looking for in a potential adoptive couple. You’ve poured through a few bios and selected a couple you feel connected to.  Have you decided to meet before the baby is born? Here are five tips to guide you through what hopefully will be an

Is Adoption Giving My Baby Away?

Phrases like “giving my baby away” and “giving up my baby” are part of the hurtful misunderstandings of adoption. A woman who chooses adoption for her child never “gives away” or “gives up.” Her adoption plan means she is taking charge of her future and her child’s future. Why Do People Say “Giving Away”? Before,

Can I Place My Baby for Adoption Even if the Birth Father Disagrees?

Every state has different adoption laws. A birth father’s rights vary from state to state. In Missouri, usually both birth parents must consent to the adoption. However, there are exceptions to the rule. A Birth Father’s Rights Are Complicated Relationships can be messy, and any number of scenarios could result in an unplanned pregnancy. For

How Do I Tell the Children I’m Raising that I’m Placing This Baby for Adoption?

An unplanned pregnancy is complex, no matter what your situation. If you’re already raising children and don’t feel you have the resources for another, you may want to consider making an adoption plan.  It is not uncommon for single or married mothers to consider placing a second, third, or fourth child for adoption. But remember,

How Do Adoption Agencies Help Birth Mothers with Expenses?

Deciding what to do about your unplanned pregnancy is one of the most significant decisions for your future. Consider making an adoption plan. You pay nothing for our services, and in many cases, we can assist you with pregnancy-related expenses such as rent, food, utilities, and medical fees. Although placing your child for adoption isn’t

Why Should I Choose to Place My Child for Adoption?

Whether you are currently expecting or have already had your baby, it’s never too late to consider making an adoption plan. If you financially and emotionally aren’t ready to parent, choosing to place your child for adoption could be the best solution. Here are seven reasons why adoption might be the right choice for you. 

Can I Change My Mind About Adoption?

Understandably, if you’re considering placing your child for adoption, you would have many questions. If you’re wondering if you can change your mind about placing your child for adoption, the answer is “Yes.” Nothing is final until you sign the papers to terminate your parental rights. It is the responsibility of the adoption agency you

How to Have a Private Missouri Adoption

Whether you are an expectant mother, have already given birth, or are a potential adoptive couple, understanding Missouri’s adoption process is important.  Private adoption is also known as a domestic or independent adoption. It involves a birth mother voluntarily placing her baby or young child with a qualified adoptive couple through an adoption agency. Choosing

3 Common Questions About Adoption

As an expectant mom or birth mother considering adoption, you must have many questions. It’s common to want to know more about the adoption process and how you and your child will feel emotionally. Are you asking yourself these questions? Am I Allowed To Change My Mind? You have the right to change your mind

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