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Adoption in Missouri
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Pregnant and Considering Adoption in Missouri
That pregnancy test is positive now you don’t know what to do. You are unsure where to turn. You may have shared your news with the baby’s father, your family, and even close friends and received a lot of different opinions which can leave you feeling more confused.
Don’t feel alone, contact a Lifetime Adoption coordinator who will be a caring and non-judgmental support for you. She will go over your options and explain what resources are available to you. You can call, text, or fill out our online form, and a Lifetime Adoption coordinator will provide the support you need.
What is the Adoption Process in Missouri?
Lifetime Adoption coordinators have been helping expectant mothers in Missouri navigate the adoption process for over three decades. Just call, text, or fill out our online form. A coordinator will listen to you and answer any questions. She will provide all the information you need to choose the right options for you and your baby.
If you believe adoption is the right choice for you and your baby, check out Lifetime adoptive family profiles and find the family you think is the right family for you and your baby. You may want a family from Missouri or from another state. You also choose what kind of contact you want in the future. It’s important to know that adoption isn’t only for newborns. If parenting a toddler or older child is a struggle that is not healthy for you or your child, Lifetime coordinators can help you create an adoption plan. They will recommend a professional counselor at no cost to you who will create a transition plan for you, your child, and the adoptive family. She will also create a post-adoption contact agreement that is healthy for the entire adoption triad.
You will also need a hospital plan if you are pregnant and placing your baby for adoption. Your Lifetime coordinator will help you decide who will be in the delivery room, who will hold the baby first, and other details. She will make sure the hospital staff and adoptive family are aware of your wishes. You will have your own legal representation at no cost to you. Your attorney will make sure that you are aware of your legal rights and will take care of all the legal issues.
Open Adoption in Missouri
- What characteristics are you looking for in a family?
- What type of contact do you want in the future?
- Do you know what you want included in your hospital plan?
- Do you need resources such as help with pregnancy-related expenses?
Modern, open adoption is a loving and brave choice you make for your child. Know that adoption does mean not having to say goodbye to your child forever. You can receive updates, pictures, and may even have some visits once or twice a year. Many of our birth families have lifelong relationships with their child’s adoptive families. Not long ago, one of our amazing birth mothers was getting married, and she asked if her daughter would like to be there. She was not only there, but the adoptive parents were there as well, and the adoptive father even walked the bride down the aisle.
Help With Pregnancy Expenses and More
- Adoption-related attorney fees
- Pregnancy-related living expenses
- Medical and hospital costs
- Professional and Peer counseling fees
Families Wanting to Adopt in Missouri
Are you in Missouri and have been considering adopting a newborn, toddler, or child up to the age of six? As a nationwide leader in open adoption Lifetime coordinators are here to guide you to a successful adoption journey. Our coordinators have been matching expectant mothers with adoptive families for over three decades. You will always find a caring and experienced coordinator who will work hard to make sure our birth mothers have all the support and resources they need and who will connect them with the perfect adoptive families for a great match.
Starting the Adoption Process
How do you begin the adoption process? It’s really quite easy. Just fill out our short online application. Applying is free and you will not be obligated in any way. Once your application has been pre-approved, a coordinator will contact you and explain the entire adoption process. You will be given information on how to create your personal profile for birth mothers to view, referrals for your home study, and access to the education you need in the form of, podcasts, blogs, webinars, and other resources available on our membership site.
The Lifetime program was created by Mardie Caldwell, the founder of Lifetime Adoption. She created Lifetime as a result of her experiences when adopting her son. For over three decades, the Lifetime Adoption process has been a success. Our adoption coordinators will guide you on your adoption journey so that you can see your dreams of growing your family come true.
Adoption Laws in Missouri
In Missouri, the timeline for legal documentation for adoption is as follows.
In general, a written consent of the birth parents can signed any time but the execution of the birth mother consent cannot occur until at least 48 hours after the birth. The adoption is irrevocable upon signing the consent papers.
Every state requires a home study before the finalization of the adoption. There may be different legal requirements in Missouri depending on the facts of each adoption. Depend on your Missouri adoption attorney to make sure all legal requirements are followed.
Missouri Home Studies
With a home study be prepared to provide the following:
- Criminal and background checks
- Medical reports
- Employment verification
- Four personal references one of which is from an employment situation
- Financial records
- Visit to the home
Your home study social worker will interview every member of your household and will ask for information why you have chosen adoption . She will want to know what your lifestyle is like, your religious affiliation, your marital background, what kind of support system you have, what your parenting style is, and more.
Whether you are hoping to adopt or are a parent considering placing your child for adoption, Lifetime Adoption looks forward to working with you and providing the information and support you need for successful adoption.
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Pregnant and Considering Adoption
Adoption can be the kindest choice you could make for your child. Unfortunately, you may not know where to turn. This is why Lifetime Adoption has made our services available to birth parents throughout the country. No matter where you are in Missouri, we can facilitate a successful adoption.
Start by completing our online questionnaire. This will let us know more about you, your unborn child and what you expect out of birth parents. We can then start the matching process. However, unlike some facilitators, we will not urge you to choose a specific adoptive parent. The choice about who adopts your baby is up to you and you alone.
You probably have many questions about your Missouri adoption. We are happy to answer them all. Call us at 1-800-923-6784 or chat with us online. There is no question we can’t answer and probably none we haven’t heard.
Adoption for Older Children in Missouri
Has your baby already been born? Have you discovered that you aren’t ready for motherhood? Did your support system leave you lacking? Whatever the case, you may have decided that you want to give your older child a chance of living with a caring, supportive family. Choosing adoption for an older child works in a similar fashion as for a baby. You still get to choose the adoptive parents. You also have the option of visiting the family occasionally if you would like to continue to have a relationship with your child.
Using Lifetime for Your Missouri Adoption
We know you have a lot of options when it comes to choosing an adoption facilitator in Missouri. You need one that can guide you through the process, help you with the sometimes confusing legal terms and keep you safe from scams that steal your money and play on your emotions.
Contact us at Lifetime Adoption to learn how we can help your dreams of a big, happy family come true.