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Are there Requirements for Placing a Baby for Adoption in Missouri as a Pregnant Woman?

Before beginning anything new, it is always a good idea to do some research. Beginning the adoption process is no different! If you are researching your unplanned pregnancy options, and learning more about adoption in particular, you might have some questions. You’ve come to the right place!

We are here to help you familiarize yourself with the requirements for placing a baby for adoption in Missouri as a pregnant woman. Here are some questions that you might be asking. 

  1. Does Choosing Adoption Cost Money? 

The short answer, no. Choosing to place your child for adoption in Missouri will always be free as a birth mother. You do not need to let fear of surprise costs or lack of finances stand in the way of choosing to start your adoption journey. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, there is even the possibility of financial assistance throughout your pregnancy. The amount of assistance is determined on an as-needed basis. Your adoption caseworker will be able to help you determine if you are eligible or not. 

  1. Do I Need to have Health Care? 

Again, no. You will be able to work with your adoption caseworker to find prenatal care and health care. As you conduct your search, your adoption caseworker will work to help you find care that matches your own unique needs. Our goal is to ensure that you are well taken care of throughout your pregnancy and adoption journey. 

  1. What If I am Currently Homeless? 

Not a problem! If you are an expecting mother, but do not currently have a stable housing situation, you will be provided with a safe housing option. One of our top goals at our adoption agency is to ensure that your entire adoption journey, including your pregnancy, is as comfortable, safe and healthy as possible. If you have a house, but need assistance with rent or utilities, your adoption caseworker can help you receive assistance in these areas. 

  1. Will I have Access to Counseling? 

Yes! Choosing to place your baby for adoption is an emotional and complex decision. While turning to friends and family for support can be a useful tool, you will also have access to our free counseling services. These services will be available throughout your adoption journey and can provide you with post-placement support after the adoption is finalized. 

Mental health is a vital component of any healthy pregnancy and successful adoption journey. We want to ensure that you are as supported as possible in this department. Your adoption caseworker will be available to help match you with an adoption counselor who can support you in a way that best fits your unique needs, situation and personality. 

Requirements for Placing a Baby for Adoption in Missouri as a Pregnant Woman

These are some of the main requirements for placing a baby for adoption in Missouri as a pregnant woman. If you still have any unanswered questions, Adoption Choices of Missouri is happy to help you answer those. If you are still experiencing any hesitation, feel free to schedule an initial meeting with us. We are here to support you and guide you safely through the adoption process in Missouri.

Adoption Choices of Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond, please call us or text us to learn more! Call us toll free at 877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at 1-816-527-9800

Meet the Author: Molly Doyle is a native San Franciscan, Molly is an experienced educator and a dedicated writer. She holds her multiple subject teaching credential as well as her Masters of Arts in Teaching. When not teaching children or creating new written pieces, Molly can be found kicking around a soccer ball, going for urban hikes or whipping up a fruit pie. 

She currently lives in Seattle, her first home outside of California.