Will My Baby End Up in Foster Care if I Place them for Adoption?

This woman is grateful that her child will not end up in foster care.

If you’ve found yourself in an unplanned pregnancy, you’re most likely thinking about your options. Maybe you’ve had an abortion before and you’re reluctant to have another. Or, if you’re raising other children, adding one more just isn’t possible. No matter what circumstance you’re facing, making an adoption plan could be the answer.

The importance of adoption

Women from all walks of life choose adoption for their children. Out of love, these women know they’ll be giving them a better chance at life. Whether it’s a lack of maturity, finances, or parenting support, when a woman places her child for adoption, she can be secure in knowing she’s doing the very best for them.

It’s extremely important to choose a reputable adoption agency. A knowledgeable adoption specialist can carefully explain the process, provide emotional as well as physical support, and make the adoption transition as smooth as possible. An agency also has access to many families who are ready and waiting to adopt. 

Choosing the adoptive family

As the birth mother, you choose the adoptive family best suited to raise your child. Potential adoptive families go through a variety of background checks. They’re also required to have a home study to make sure their home is safe and secure for a child. Plus, they provide photos and personal information to help a birth mother know them better. 

The process after your baby’s birth

In Missouri, once you’ve chosen your adoptive family and given birth, you have at least 48-hours before you sign your consent to the adoption. After signing, your baby can be placed directly with their new family. This means they will not go into foster care. 

There are some unusual situations where your baby may spend a few days with a foster family chosen by your adoption agency. For instance, the adoptive family you’ve chosen could be from out of state. If they can’t get to the hospital quickly, your baby may have to spend a short amount of time with their foster family until their adoptive family arrives. In most instances, however, your adoptive family is ready to bring their baby home once you’ve signed your consent. 

Are you considering adoption for your child?

Contact us today.  Whether you’re pregnant now or your child has been born, choosing to make an adoption plan is possible. We’re here to help you. If you’d like to explore the idea of adoption, give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide you with more information. 

Only you know if adoption is right for you and your child, but we’re here to guide you through the decision-making process. We’ll also be happy to show you the wonderful families eagerly waiting to adopt your child. Don’t worry. There is a solution to your current situation and it just might be the adoption option.


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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.”