How does the adoption process work in Missouri?

This couple went through the adoption process

Adoption laws vary from state to state, and the actual procedure can vary from county to county. Even though adoption laws are similar, that doesn’t make them simpler. 

You need to work with an agency who can explain the process for adoption. Select a reputable agency that won’t charge you anything for their services. Choose A Gift Of Hope Adoptions in Columbia, MO.

The Adoption Process For Birth Parents

When considering adoption for your child, you want to research the adoption agency you’re considering. At A Gift Of Hope, our counselors spend time making sure you thoroughly understand the adoption process, Missouri laws, and your rights. Contacting us does not mean you’re committing to adoption.

Choosing Your Adoption Plan

As the birth mother, you choose the adoption plan best for you. If the birth father is involved, you work together to select the plan most comfortable for both of you.

Talk with the counselor to determine how much involvement you wish to have with the adoptive family and your child after placement, then select your plan. 

An open adoption plan means you want to have direct contact with the family. You both share identifiable information and begin communicating as soon as you are ready. 

If you do not wish to have contact with the adoptive family or your child, choose a closed adoption plan. A semi-open plan is in between the other two. You have contact, but correspondence goes through your adoption specialist at A Gift Of Hope Adoptions.

Placing Your Child

It doesn’t matter if you’ve already given birth, or you are still pregnant, it is never too late to make an adoption plan. There are many potential adoptive parents who would love to adopt your child.

If you’ve chosen an open adoption (which most women do today), you will review bios of potential adoptive parents and pick the couple that most resembles what you want for your child. 

By selecting a closed adoption plan, your agency specialist chooses a family for you.

In Missouri, the written consent of the birth father to place his child for adoption can take place at any time during the process. If you are no longer in a relationship with the father or do not know which man is the father, it is usually still possible to proceed with the adoption. 

In Missouri, a birth mother does not sign a consent to place her child for adoption until at least 48 hours after the child’s birth. This gives her additional time afterward to determine if adoption is still the right choice.

The Process

If you have decided adoption is what you want, in most states you sign a consent form stating you are willing to place your child for adoption.

Before the process is completely finalized for the new family, in Missouri the child must live with the potential adoptive couple for at least six months. Other states may have different time periods, although six months is a pretty common time frame. At the end of that period, the family appears before a judge who reviews the adoption and signs off on the adoption. It is extremely rare to not finalize an adoption.  

Do You Have Questions?

Because every situation is unique, your adoption experience will be different for you. We imagine you have many questions about the process, the emotional and physical help you might receive, and the future relationship you can have with your child.

Our adoption specialist is here to answer those questions. It costs nothing to talk with us, and we will never force you to make a commitment. Contact A Gift of Hope Adoptions today. We can discuss if adoption is right for you and your child.

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Elizabeth and A Gift of Hope have been a touchstone during our adoption process. Having had issues with a previous agency – Elizabeth was a breath of fresh air! Reassuring, supportive and empathetic. We are so in love with our daughter and thank A Gift of Hope everyday for her!

AGOHA is a great agency that has provided amazing support and guidance though the adoption process. Would highly recommend AGOHA!

Our family has used their services for adoption. It’s wonderful dealing with someone who is looking out for the whole child, not just placing kids.

A Gift of Hope Adoptions is a Godsend for so many expectant young mothers. I completely recommend this organization for anyone interested in providing a wonderful life for their soon-to-be baby. This organization is also a Godsend for those of us who cannot have our own biological children.

I have recommended A Gift of Hope Adoptions to several mother’s considering adoptions for their babies. They have been so happy to feel supported and empowered through their decision.
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“We adopted both of our sons through A Gift of Hope Adoptions. They helped us every step of the way and answered all the questions we had, and we had a lot! We would not be where we are today, with two busy boys in our family, if it wasn’t for A Gift of Hope.”

“We decided to use A Gift of Hope Adoptions because they are very personal and caring. The wait and uncertainty of adoption seemed daunting, but A Gift of Hope helped make the process go smoothly, and we couldn’t be happier with our beautiful child.”