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Adoptions in Missouri: Some things you should know

On Behalf of | Jan 19, 2021 | Adoptions |

The reasons a couple may choose to adopt a child are varied and personal, but the main one is to give a child all the love and care he or she deserves. There are many adoptions in Missouri each year and for couples still on the fence about adoption, there are some points to consider about the process that may make their decision less stressful and more informed. Adoptions do not happen overnight and can be arduous and wrapped up in legalities, so getting some help is essential.

There are three types of adoption: open, semi-open and closed. Open adoption allows the biological parents and the adoptive parents to communicate directly about the child. In semi-open adoption biological parents don’t have direct communication with the adoptive parents, but are provided with photos of the child to allow them to see the child grow up. Closed adoption means there is no communication at all between the biological and adoptive parents, but this form of adoption is chosen less often these days.

Home study

In addition to meeting the requirements set out by state law, prospective adoptive parents also must agree to a home study which essentially assesses whether they are suitable to adopt. Here are some reasons why an applicant would not be found suitable:

  • The environment in which the child would be living is unsafe and unsanitary.
  • Applicants do not comply with state laws and regulations.
  • The refusal to provide required documents.
  • Making false or misleading statements.
  • Failure to be able to financially provide for the child.
  • Refusing to allow and assessment of home and personal life.

Although rewarding emotionally, adoption can be a very complex and confusing process. When Missouri residents who are considering adoptions know about the legalities, they may understand the process better. Getting legal advice in these instances is crucial.

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