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Common Myths about Missouri Birth Mothers

Common Myths about Missouri Birth Mothers

By Kelly Paczkowski

When you think of adoption and birthmothers, many have a certain image in mind. Many people think of a teenager, and others think of a poverty-stricken birth mother. The truth is that birth mothers can come from anywhere and be anyone. The majority of birth mothers can be in their 20s and 30s. There is such a vast spectrum of what a birth mother is that it can be hard to pinpoint an exact type. Over the years, adoption has become a legitimate way to grow a family, yet misconceptions remain. Unfortunately, it is easy to get a hold of misinformation. But the better educated you are about adoption, the easier the adoption journey will be. We will go over some of the myths about Missouri birth mothers.

Myth 1- Birth mothers are selfish or do not love their child.

This is probably one of the biggest misconceptions about birth mothers, and it could not be farther from the truth. Most women in this position struggle with what to do with an unplanned pregnancy. They may feel at that time in their life. They are unable or unprepared to raise a child. Yet, deciding on an adoption plan is a selfless act. It is one of the hardest decisions anyone has to make. Yet, this is a display of the greatest type of love. The birth mother wants only the best for their child and places their needs over her own.

Myth 2- All Birth Mothers are young

Not all birth mothers are teenagers. Women of all ages decide on an adoption plan for their baby. Birth mothers come from every walk of life and any age. However, there can be women who already have families and are not in a situation where they can care for their child. There are many reasons why a birth mother might decide that they cannot provide a life for a child, but that does not mean they love them any less.

Myth 3- Once a birth mother places newborn a up for adoption, she will not have contact with them

That is not true. Depending on the type of adoption a birth mother chooses, she may still have contact with them. There are a few different options for a birth mother when considering adoption. Open and Semi-Open allow contact between the birth family and the adoptive family. While they differ in the type and quantity of contact, there can still be a connection. A closed adoption is where the birth mother has chosen not to have contact. A birth mother in this situation has her reasons for not wanting contact, but that does not mean she has forgotten her baby. She will undoubtedly think of them often.

Myth 4- Birth Mothers will try to regain custody

While choosing an adoption plan for a child can be a difficult decision to make, 

birth mothers have their reasons. It is an emotional process for anyone and, understandably, is hard. Most birth mothers, who have sought out an adoption plan, do not regret doing so. Once the adoption papers are signed, the adoptive family is the child’s legal parents. The adoption representatives at Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri are there to help every step of the way. They are willing to work with the birth mother and adoptive family to answer questions regarding custody.

Myth 5- Missouri Birth Mothers Have to Navigate Pregnancy on Their Own

An unplanned pregnancy for any woman can be a scary and emotional time, especially when you feel alone in the process. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Most birth mothers work through a responsive and trusting agency to work with. An adoption agency near you can help a birth mother plan for everything they need. Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri can help with various resources from financial assistance, pregnancy support, or after-care needs. From beginning to end, an adoption representative will be there to guide you and help answer any questions you may have.

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you do not have to go through it alone. We are here to help. Contact Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri. You can call/text at 816-527-9800. Adoption specialists are available to make the adoption process as comfortable and simple as possible.  

 

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Celebrating Mother’s Day and Birth Mother’s Day!

Celebrating Mother’s Day and Birth Mother’s Day!

By Isabella Chichioco

Many women who face an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy wonder whether they should place their newborn for adoption. Although adoption is a lot more common, the process can be overwhelming trying to do it on your own. At the Adoption Choices of Missouriwe are dedicated to helping you find the resources you need to have a successful adoption journey. Whether you adopt or give birth to a child, you become a mother once you start taking care of your baby. So let’s start by celebrating Mother’s Day and Birth Mother’s Day!

Being a mother is no easy feat. We hope you all realize how appreciated you are by your family and child. Whether your child is related to you biologically, all mothers deserve a special day. It is a day to be recognized and rewarded for all their love and dedication to their child. Moreover, mothers who give their baby up for adoption should also be recognized, which society has not done until recently. 

Appreciating all kinds of Mothers

With Mother’s Day coming right around the corner, it is important to reflect and be grateful to all mothers. Although most people usually just think of mothers who have biological kids at first, there are also different kinds of mothers. There are three main types: expectant mothers, birth mothers, and adoptive mothers. These mothers are of equal importance, and not one is more “mother-like” or better than the other. 

As the name suggests, expectant mothers refer to women who are currently pregnant and expecting a baby. Birth mothers are women who have given birth to a child that another family has adopted. Lastly, adoptive mothers are women who have an adopted child and are not related biologically.

Celebrating Mother’s Day and Birth Mother’s Day, with Different Kinds of Mothers

There are two Mother’s Days to celebrate the different kinds of mothers. Mother’s Day on May 8th is a celebration to honor all kinds of mothers. National Birth Mother’s Day occurs the Saturday before the previously mentioned holiday. Specifically to honor the mothers who have given birth to an adopted child. Established by birth mothers in Seattle as a way to cope, recognize, and bring awareness to this topic. 

National Birth Mother’s Day allows the adoptive child and family to honor birth mothers. Creating a special and unique day that has not been provided until recently. Some simple way you can honor National Birth Mother’s Day is by treating it as equally important as Mother’s Day on May 9th. Sending flowers, spending time over lunch, or simply just making a phone call can mean a lot to birth mothers, especially when they do not see their adoptive kids all the time.

The Adoption Process with Adoption Choices of Missouri

Overall, National Birth Mother’s Day and Mother’s Day are coming up on May 8th and 9th. To prepare for this annual occasion, honor all kinds of Mothers a little bit more than usual! Simply reaching out to your mother can make a huge difference since it can be very easy for a mother to feel unnoticed or unappreciated.

To learn more about what mothers do and adoption in general, it is important to find a community that can help support you throughout this tough but extremely rewarding process. At the Adoption Choices of Missouri, we hope to lessen your worries over adoption by giving you any resources you might find yourself needing.

To learn more about our adoption agencies near you and what we do,  Adoption Choices of Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond. Call us toll-free at 877-903-4488 or, in Missouri call or text us at 816-527-9800

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Adoption Resources for Birth Mothers in Missouri

Adoption Resources for Birth Mothers in Missouri

By Blessing E. Ikhimokpa

You’ve been thinking about putting your child up for adoption. But you don’t know where to start. The blogs you’ve read all say the same things. They tell you to “start here, or start there.” But you don’t know what they mean. “Start where?” At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we’ll give you the answers to questions you may have. Don’t know what to ask? Just inform us. We’ll guide you in the direction you need to find the right adoption resources for birth mothers in MO. We won’t know what you need unless you tell us.

Don’t know where to start when putting a child up for adoption in Missouri?

Before considering putting a child up for adoption, make sure this is your decision. Once you’ve placed your newborn up for adoption in Missouri, you cannot regain custody unless the adoption is done under fraud, coercion, or duress. So, to not have to go through that. So, make sure that placing your birth child up for adoption; is a decision you’ve gone over. 

When deciding to place your child up for adoption. First, find an agency in your state that specializes in adoption. At our local adoption agency, we specialize in helping birth mothers with unplanned pregnancies or unwanted pregnancies. Birth mothers who have decided becoming a parent isn’t for them. Who would like to place their birth child up for adoption? 

Second, search up the different adoption methods. Like in other states, there are the three main adoption methods in Missouri. There’s an open, semi-open, and closed adoption. Open is where both the birth and adoptive parents have shared custody of the adopted child. The birth parents have the option to always be around the birth child on the adoptive parents’ time. All these methods are both the birth parents and the adoptive parents’ decisions. They make these decisions with the birth child in mind. What method you choose will determine how much you’ll see the birth child. 

Semi-open adoption is when the birth parent (s) have decided they don’t want complete contact. Or the adoptive parents have kept their information anonymous. Since you don’t have the adoptive parents’ information, the adoption process will be done through the agency of choice. 

Closed adoption is where the birth parents have decided not to be involved in the adoption process. They wanted everything involving the process to be done through the agency. They didn’t want to know anything concerning the potential adoptive parents. Once you’ve signed the adoption papers in Missouri, you can’t change your mind. You can’t decide this isn’t what you wanted. This is why choosing the right adoption method is important. 

Is there a time limit for placing a child up for adoption in Missouri?

In Missouri, after you’ve given birth. You’ll have to wait for 48-hours before the adoption process can be completed. This is the case because in those 2-days you could spend it with the birth child. Or the adoptive parents can spend that time with the birth child. During this time, you could decide to place your birth child up for adoption isn’t something you want, which is why the state has given you this time. Once the documents are signed, you can’t say you made a mistake. 

What is the hospital birth plan for placing a child up for adoption in Missouri?

Once you’ve picked the adoption method, you’d like to take. Next, it’s time for the hospital visit. When you get to the hospital, tell the nurse your plans if you’ve chosen a counselor from the adoption agencies of choice. You could have them inform the nurse instead. Depending on the adoption method will determine who will be in the room with you. If you’re doing this pregnancy alone, the counselor will be there for you. 

After you’ve given birth, you’ll have to wait for 48-hours before the adoption process can be completed. This is done so that the birth parents can spend some time with the birth child. If you’ve chosen open adoption, this time is just extra time. You’ll be a steady figure in the birth child’s life with open adoption. But if you’ve chosen closed adoption, this time might not be something you’d like. This is why having the adoptive parents spend this time is an option. Once the 48-hours are complete, you and the adoptive parents can sign the adoption papers. 

Finding the Right Adoption Resources for Birth Mothers in MO

Now that you have some insight into what to do. The next step is up to you.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 816-527-9800

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What is an Adoption Birth Plan?

What is an Adoption Birth Plan?

By Blessing E. Ikhimokpa

You’ve found out you’re pregnant. This wasn’t the news you were expecting. Nor was it something you were excited about. At this point in your life, you didn’t plan on becoming a parent. So, you weigh your options. But get stuck on where to start when placing your newborn up for adoption, where Adoption Choices of Missouri comes into hand. 

We help birth parents find plans that best suit them at our agency. We help them figure out the best program for them. While offering counselors that will guide them through an adoption process if needed. We know this is stressful for some, and we don’t want birth parents to feel that way. This is why our counselors will help take the load off.

What does an adoption plan look like in Missouri?

An adoption plan is a set of steps birth parents are welcome to take. It goes over: 

  • What needs to be done? 
  • If the birth parents decide adoption is for them. 
  • The different adoption types. 
  • If they’d like to be a part of their birth child’s life. 
  • How much they’d like to be in their birth child’s life? 
  • If they’d like to have a relationship with the adoptive parents. 

What steps are needed to place a newborn up for adoption in Missouri?

With Adoption Choices of Missouri, we’ll go over the steps. But, first, you’ll need to talk to someone about your decisions. Talk to them and ask them questions you may have. At our agency, we have counselors that will be the ones you can talk to. 

Second, you’ll have to decide what comes next for your birth child. You’ll go over the possibly adoptive parent profiles. Depending on your type of adoption choice. Both you and the adoptive parent will communicate with each other. Go over how much you’d like to be in the birth child’s life. 

In the third step, you’ll go back to the first step and ask the counselor about the different adoption choices. They’ll tell you that you can pick from 3 adoption choices in Missouri: open, semi-open, and closed adoption. Before, you can decide which adoption plan you’d like. Next, you’ll have to go over the post-placement agreement. This talks about how much you’ll get to see your birth child. In Missouri, the birth parent can regain full custody. If they decide, they can provide for the child. But for this to happen, the birth parent (s) will have to petition in court after the post-placement agreement is done. Then, the birth parent can decide which adoption plan is right for them. 

In the fourth step. Once you’ve gone over which adoption plan you want to pick. You’ll plan a hospital birth plan. Depending on the adoption plan, you can have the adoptive parents be there for the birth. In this step, you’ll go over:

  • What type of birth are you planning on having?
  • Would you rather have pain medicine or none?
  • Who do you want in the room with you?
  • Do you want to hold the birth child first?
  • Do you want the adoptive parents to hold the birth child first?

Finally, in the fifth step. After you’ve given birth and completed the adoption process, you’ll want to seek post-placement counseling. At our adoption agencies near you, you’ll have your counselor be the one you talk to. Your counselor will make sure you’re doing well. Make sure they’re available wherever you need to talk. Make sure you don’t feel alone.

What are the different adoption plans in Missouri?

In Missouri, open adoption is when you’ll have a relationship with your birth child and the adoptive parents. You’ll have their contact information, and they’ll have yours. You and the adoptive parents can schedule it whenever it’s convenient for you to be around the birth child. It’ll be like you’re a part of the family in this method.

Semi-open adoption is like an open adoption. But, instead of full communication between the birth parents and the adoptive parents. It’s semi, where either you or the adoptive parent wants to be hidden. It’s more about keeping their information hidden than having full communication like the open adoption method. In this method, you’ll still be able to have a relationship with the birth child. But it wouldn’t be as often as open adoption. Hence, the name is semi-open adoption. 

Closed adoption is where there isn’t any communication from either side. This means you’ve decided you didn’t want to be involved in the adoption process, unlike the other methods, where communication with both the birth child and adoptive parents was an option. In this method, you’ve decided communication isn’t something you’re interested. If you decide to choose this method, you won’t be able to have a relationship with the birth child. 

During this time, remember you don’t have to handle this alone. Having people you can rely on during this process is a good thing. We’re here to take it step-by-step with you. 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 816-527-9800

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What Does Adoption Finalization Mean?

What Does Adoption Finalization Mean?

By Auroura Warner

In Missouri, many adoption agencies nearby are willing to help with unplanned pregnancies. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we will explain how the adoption process works in this article and how it is finalized.

You might have been looking up adoption and have come across adoption terminology such as adoption finalization. We can answer that for you. First, the judge will ensure that the adoption was carried out per the law. Following that, the adoption is completed. The adoptive family will next be expected to attend the finalization hearing. By being there, the judge will be able to sign the final adoption decree, which grants legal custody to the adoptive parents.

What is the adoption Process In Missouri Like?

If you decide to place your newborn for adoption, you should do it in the most comfortable manner, resulting in the best outcome for both you and your child. The adoption procedure in Missouri is simple. The first step you may need to take is to meet with one of our adoption specialists to review your choices for your unplanned pregnancy.

Even though our main objective is to place children for adoption, we also want to talk about your choices. You have three main choices from which to pick. These options include raising the child, terminating the pregnancy, or placing the child for adoption. If you decide to adopt, you will be able to make your own decisions while developing your adoption plan. This includes choosing the sort of adoption you want, the amount of help you will want during the pregnancy, and who will be the adoptive parents for your child. After deciding on the form of adoption and the adoptive family, the only thing left to do is complete the adoption.

What is Required for Adoption Finalization Within Missouri? 

Adoption must be legally finalized by following all state adoption laws. In addition, each adoption must meet the following criteria at the very least.

Termination of Parental Rights

Parental rights must be legally and ethically terminated for both birth parents. Before the child can be adopted into a new family, it is a legal requirement that both birth parents give their consent to the adoption.

Interstate Convention on Child Placement (ICPC) Clearance

Whether or not the child crosses state boundaries to be adopted, ICPC regulations are validated during the finalization hearing. As a result, ICPC ensures the child is placed in a safe environment. ICPC also ensures the adoption is legal by acting as a check and balance system.

Post-placement

The state requirements for post-placement contact vary. Usually, the adoptive family is required to visit up to six times after the placement. The home study social worker will have post-placement visits for the adoptive family to continue the home study.

How Do I Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri for Adoption Finalization?

We are here to help you if you decide to adopt or have any questions. When it comes to contacting us, you have several options. First, you may phone or email us. To get in touch with us, please call or text 816-527-9800.

How Can Adoption Choices of Missouri Help Me with Adoption Finalization?

Adoption Choices of Missouri is a great place to start if you wish to consider adoption in Missouri. Even whether you have made an official decision to adopt or are still undecided, we may have our counselors and advisers be there for you in whichever way you want. We focus on meeting your circumstances regardless of the type of adoption you choose.

You are not giving up if you choose adoption. If you need unplanned pregnancy help, we serve birth parents across the state. Our services include teen pregnancy, financial assistance, and difficult situations. If you want to learn more, please call us or text us!

Our Adoption Agencies Will Help You with Your Final Decision

You might be searching for unplanned pregnancy help since you are pregnant. You realize you are not fit to raise this child but are unsure what to do. Remember, you have choices. This applies when it comes down to adoption too. We are an adoption agency that can offer you whatever help you need. We will let you know what your options are and if our agency is the best choice or not.

Why Should I Choose Adoption Choices of Missouri? 

The state of Missouri licenses this adoption agency, which assists birth moms who wish to place their child for adoption. We are here to give birth mothers, and all other parties involved a one-of-a-kind adoption experience. We are also here to help you throughout your entire adoption process. Know and remember that you are not alone and that we will assist you in dealing with your unexpected pregnancy.

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 816-527-9800.

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Adoption Services in Missouri 

Adoption Services in Missouri 

By Isabella Chichioco

Many women who face unplanned pregnancies often find themselves lost on what options they have. They can either terminate their pregnancy, decide to keep their baby, or place their baby up for adoption. Choosing what to do is not easy for anyone, and it is tough to make this decision on your own. We at the Adoption Choices of Missouri want to let you know that you are by no means alone at any part of this process. If you have any questions regarding how to adopt or how the adoption process works. We have many resources and specialists available to help you!

What does it Mean to Place my Baby up for Adoption?

When considering adoption, there are many outdated adoption terminologies that are used. Many people often say “giving up your baby for adoption” instead of “placing your baby up for adoption.” While these two sayings mean the same thing figuratively, we at the Adoption Choices of Missouri try to refrain from using the former terminology. Placing your baby up for adoption in no way means that you are giving up your child. If you are still unsure about the difference, we have more articles available on our website.

Financial Resources Available for Adoption in Missouri

We often get asked if women get paid for placing their baby up for adoption. While you do not get paid, we at the Adoption Choices of Missouri have financial resources to assist you with any pregnancy-related expenses. 

Although every state is different, adoptive parents can provide you with any financial assistance you may need during your pregnancy. Your adoptive counselor will also work with you to determine which living and pregnancy expenses will be covered. Although the amount of financial assistance mostly depends on your specific situation and circumstance, we will try our best to accommodate any needs you may have.

Counseling Support for Choosing Adoption in Missouri

Figuring out what steps to take during pregnancy is physically and mentally exhausting. It can be very easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed when facing an unplanned pregnancy, which is why we at the Adoption Choices of Missouri are here to help you in any way we can. At our agency, we offer free birth mother counseling sessions to talk about any worries or concerns you may have. Everything said during these sessions is entirely confidential to completely respect your privacy. If you decide on adoption, your birth parent counselor will do their best to find the best fit caseworker to help you with the adoption process.

Need More Advice? Hear from Birth Mothers Firsthand?

Adoption is always hard to discuss. Especially when not many people around you have gone through this process or even know what adoption is. However, we at the Adoption Choices of Missouri understand how important it is to be able to talk to people who understand what you are going through, which is why we try our best to give you any information or resources that will help you throughout your pregnancy. For instance, we have many birth mother blogs and birth mother FAQs to remind you that you are never alone. 

The Adoption Process with Adoption Choices of Missouri

It is essential to find a community to help support you throughout this challenging but extremely rewarding process when considering adoption. At the Adoption Choices of Missouri, we hope to lessen your worries over adoption by giving you any resources you might find yourself needing. To learn more about our agency and what we do,  Adoption Choices of Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond.

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 816-527-9800

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Is open adoption in Missouri better than closed adoption?

Is open adoption in Missouri better than closed adoption?

By Aurora Warner

A common question you may have is whether open adoption is better than closed adoption. You might be unsure of what open adoption is. Open adoption does not involve co-parenting. Instead, it keeps communication channels open between you, the adoptive parents, and your child. The best way to start the journey into learning about open vs. closed adoption is by defining the two terms. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we will help you and inform you of your adoption choices. We will help you decide what is best for you and your child. 

 Adoption Types: Open Adoption vs. Closed Adoption

Open adoption is a kind of adoption in which you, as the birth mother, place your child for adoption with an adoptive family and then contact the adoptive family and kid. On the other hand, closed adoption is when the birth mother has no contact with the adoptive family, and the adoptive parents often know very little about the biological parents.

What is an Open Adoption?

You might be thinking about adopting but aren’t sure what some adoption terminology means. You may have come across the term “open adoption” while researching. Despite this, you realize you’ve never heard of it before. You may be unsure whether it is the best decision for you and your child.

A good question is whether you’ve looked into other types of adoption to see what might work best for you. Understanding adoption terminology can help you realize that deciding what type of adoption you want is important in determining what you want and need from an adoption. It will also help you understand how your adoption journey will develop in real-time.

Is open adoption the best option for you?

In the end, whether you’re considering putting your child for adoption or finding an adoptive home, you must consider what is best for the child. You must do this before deciding if open adoption is right for you. Please keep this in mind when you decide on the type of adoption you want.

Consider the following:

  • You get to choose your child’s adoptive parents.
  • If you want to be active in your child’s life and see them grow up through phone calls, pictures, and visits, here is the place to be.
  • If you wish to maintain mental and emotional touch with the child for an extended period of time.

The Benefits of Open Adoption

Choosing an open adoption is getting increasingly popular these days. Many birth mothers prefer open adoptions because they may be involved in the lives of both the adoptive parents and the child regularly. In addition, they want to keep in touch with their child and the adoptive family. While it is natural to feel emotionally overwhelmed while placing your kid for adoption, open adoption can help. You can have a long-term relationship with your child if you choose open adoption. It is also quite helpful for adoptive parents. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we help birth moms by focusing on the advantages of open adoption for both birth mothers and their children.

How Can I Find the Right Adoption Service In Missouri?

After learning you’re pregnant, you may be e unsure of what to do. Pregnancies are typically unplanned and occur when you do not have a secure home, a well-paying job, or a support system. Finding help throughout your pregnancy in Missouri and obtaining the resources you require can be difficult. You do, however, have a lot of options. Many other women have had situations similar to yours. However, we can help you by making you feel safe and getting the help you require.

Why Should I Choose Adoption Choices of Missouri? 

The state of Missouri licenses this local adoption agency, which assists birth moms who wish to place their child for adoption in Missouri. We are here to give birth mothers, and all other parties involved a one-of-a-kind adoption experience. We are also here to help you throughout your entire adoption process. Know and remember that you are not alone and that we will assist you in dealing with your unexpected pregnancy.

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 816-527-9800

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Considering Adoption but don’t know Where to Start? Start Here with Adoption Choices of Missouri!

Considering Adoption but don’t know Where to Start? Start Here with Adoption Choices of Missouri!

By Isabella Chichioco

Many women who face an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy consider whether placing up their baby for adoption is a good option for them. Although adoption in Missouri is a lot more common today than before, the process is still challenging and can be overwhelming trying to do it on your own. However, if you want to or even just thinking about adoption, we are here to help and guide you through the process! At the Adoption Choices of Missouriwe have many resources and counselors available to help you with the adoption process, from finding an adoptive family to giving financial and emotional support.

Simplified: The Adoption Process in Missouri when Considering Adoption

If you are considering adoption in Missouri, it is essential to know how the adoption process generally works to ensure that your needs and priorities as a birth parent are met. We see the adoption process can seem overwhelming, so we have simplified the adoption process into six steps! Listed below is everything that occurs during the adoption process.

  1. Contact Adoption Choices of Kansas and Missouri via phone, email, or our contact form
  2. Schedule an initial meeting with one of our birth parent counselors
  3. Create your adoption plan with help from your assigned birth parent counselor
  4. Review and choose an adoptive family
  5. Consolidate hospital plans to prepare for your due date
  6. Work with an adoptive family and counselor to figure out your post-placement goals.

Fundamentals of an Adoption Plan in Missouri

Now that you have a general overview and understanding of the adoption process, we can move on to specifics about what adoption means in Missouri. Adoption Choices of Missouri is a licensed adoption agency in Missouri that can assist you with resources including but not limited to financial assistance, access to medicare, safe housing, shelter, and professional counseling. If you need any other support, we are very accommodating and will make sure to find the proper steps to take that benefit both you and your baby. We have local adoption agencies all over the state of Missouri, so location and commute will not be an issue.

Understanding the Different Types of Adoption

A considerable part of an adoption plan is determined by what type of adoption you ultimately decide. There are generally three types of adoption: open adoption, closed adoption, and semi-open adoption. No kind of adoption is better than the other, as it depends on your circumstances and preferences. In an open adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents communicate regularly and share their personal information. Open adoptions are a good option for birth mothers if they want to keep a relationship with their child but do not feel confident or cannot keep their baby. There is no requirement in open adoptions regarding how often birth mothers and adoptive parents communicate, as this decision is entirely up to both parties. Adoption Choices of Missouri generally recommends open adoptions if you cannot decide since it provides you with the most options both during pregnancy and post-placement. 

If you like the idea of some form of contact with your child and adoptive family but feel like an open adoption is too demanding, semi-open adoptions are a good alternative. In semi-open adoptions, birth mothers and adoptive parents share some information while maintaining privacy. Unlike an open adoption, birth parents and adoptive parents do not share all private information, such as last names to respect the birth mother’s choice. Semi-open adoptions are significant if you want some contact with your adoptive family and child post-placement but want to keep your privacy for some closure.

In contrast to open and semi-open adoptions, closed adoptions are where adoptive parents and the birth mother have no communication directly with each other. Instead, any vital information is usually taken care of with the birth parent counselors. Although closed adoptions are rare nowadays, it is still a good option if you want to move on with your life and gain full closure after birth.

All these types of adoptions are good options, so it is essential to think about how much openness and communication you would like to have with your respective adoptive family and child. Regardless of which adoption you ultimately decide on, we at the Adoption Choices of Missouri are here to support you throughout the whole adoption process.

Adoption Resources and Services when Considering Adoption

The adoption process has a lot of steps and can be very stressful at times, which is what we are here for! Adoption Choices of Missouri serves birth parents statewide and beyond. Please call us or text us to learn more about our adoption resources and services! Call us toll-free at 877-903-4488 or, in Missouri, call or text us at 816-527-9800. 

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Can I Get Paid To Put My Baby Up For Adoption In Missouri? 

Can I Get Paid To Put My Baby Up For Adoption In Missouri? 

By Auroura Warner

If you find out you are pregnant in Missouri and wonder if you will receive money to give a baby up for adoption, you are not alone. Many other women are asking the same thing. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about this, but this article will help you answer this issue for yourself.

To summarize, the answer is no. It is illegal to accept payment for placing your child for adoption. Therefore, you will not be able to get any money, but you will be able to receive some expenses while pregnant, such as the services of a local adoption agency to complete the adoption in Missouri.

What Kind of Services Can I Get With an Adoption Agency in Missouri?

In Missouri, you are all supported as a birth mothers, pregnant women, and adoptive parents. Missouri adoption agencies help pregnant women and families who want to consider putting a child up for adoption or adopting one. Missouri specializes in new adoptions and will enable you and your adoptive parents to meet. They also will provide you and your adoptive parents with individualized adoption services.

 Within these services will be:

  •  A 24-hour helpline for counseling
  • Adoptive parent profiles
  • Assisting in the creation of adoption and hospital plans
  • Financial support from legal counsel
  • Adoption aftercare

Is Putting A Baby Up For Adoption Free In Missouri?

Like many birth moms, you may be struggling financially and are concerned about how to pay for the adoption process. However, this is not the case. All birth moms in Missouri can get free adoption. There are no hidden fees, and many birth moms can qualify for help with adoption. Adoption focuses on your child’s future and needs, and there are no fees, especially when giving up your baby for adoption. Our adoption specialists at Adoption Choices of Missouri will look after you. They will help you in every way and ensure that all pregnancy-related costs are covered.

What kind of financial assistance can I get in Missouri?

We can provide you with financial aid for adoption daily. We will make every effort to offer you the best possible support. However, the cost of “offering up a baby for adoption” in Missouri is not your responsibility.

During your pregnancy, your medical bills will be covered. You may also be prescribed drugs that are covered.

You may be able to obtain the following types of assistance:

  • Rent- Many birth moms need to cut their job hours while pregnant. As a result, they may struggle to meet her housing fees. We can step in and help her financially in this kind of situation.
  • Groceries– You may be offered groceries expenditures. It might help you maintain healthy eating choices throughout this time. You will not have to worry about money while pregnant since we will provide you with good meals.
  • Legal Expenses– Birth moms are not required to pay any legal fees for their adoption. These are nearly always included in the financial help for adoption offered by the adoptive family or agency.

Giving a Baby Up For Adoption: How to Find the Right Adoption Services Near Me

You have just found out that you are pregnant, unsure of what to do. Most pregnancies are unplanned and usually happen when you do not have a safe place to live, a stable job, or a support system. Finding access to pregnancy help in Missouri and resources can cause a lot of unnecessary fear and stress. You, as a birth mother, have many choices to choose from. There are many women in the same situation. You should feel safe and get the help you need.

Where can I contact Adoption Choices of Missouri?

The state of Missouri licenses this adoption agency. We help birth mothers, children, and adoptive families. Our goal is to provide all parties involved with a personalized experience during the adoption process. We are also here to help with every step of your adoption process. You are not alone. We will help you with your unexpected pregnancy. 

Many of the women we help have no support. Often, we are the only people they can talk to about their situation and pregnancy. Adoption Choices of Missouri counselors work with these women to give pregnancy assistance and support. Our counselors are dedicated to the women we help, regardless of their decision. We want to help birth mothers that want to find hope in what appears to be a dismal circumstance.

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 816-527-9800

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Adoption Post-Placement Services in Missouri

Adoption Post-Placement Services in Missouri

By Isabella Chichioco

Many birth mothers who face unexpected or unplanned pregnancies choose to place their baby up for adoption rather than terminate their pregnancy or raise it on their own. Adoption is a great option to look into, especially if you feel not ready to start a family independently. We at the Adoption Choices of Missouri have many resources available to help you through this process– from choosing a local adoption agency, to selecting the type of adoption, to post-placement plans after birth.

The Missouri Adoption Process in a Nutshell

Once you have decided to place your baby up for adoption, there are a series of steps that an adoption agency in Missouri helps you with. At the Adoption Choices of Missouri, we have come up with six general steps in an adoption plan that happen in the adoption process.

Step 1: Contact Adoption Choices of Missouri

Contact us at the Adoption Choices of Missouri! Our contact information can be found on our website and at the bottom of this article. We also have a contact form for any other questions or concerns you may have. After the initial contact, we will reach out to you and set up an initial meeting to get to know you better. Every birth parent has unique and different circumstances, so this appointment is designed to understand your specific needs so we can make the adoption plan that is the best fit for you and your priorities.

Step 2: Create an Adoption Plan

You are ready to start making your adoption plan with your respective birth parent counselor. Your adoption plan will include making decisions necessary for adoption and figuring out a financial budget. Your birth parent counselor will also help you find a doctor to begin prenatal care.

Step 3: Choosing an Adoptive Family

The next big step is finding and choosing an adoptive family for your future child. Your birth parent counselor will curate a list of adoptive parents best suited for your preferences. Once you find a match, you will receive financial assistance and a place to live. The amount of communication between you and your adoptive family depends on the type of adoption you choose, so it is essential to pick the adoption type that best aligns with your idea of openness.

After these steps, you are ready to finalize your birth date with your respective hospital. As a birth mother, you have complete control over who is in your room during labor.

Now that the adoption process is complete, we at the Adoption Choices of Missouri will provide you with any post-placement support you may need during this time. We will also be there to support you as you decide how much communication you would like to have with the adoptive family after birth.

What Happens After Birth? How does an Adoption Agency Help Me After Birth?

You might be wondering what happens after birth. Post-placement plans vary depending on the type of adoption you choose. In closed and semi-open adoptions, there usually are not any post-placement plans to work with since you typically do not remain in contact with the birth family. However, if you need post-placement care, we at the Adoption Choices of Missouri have many resources available to help you.

To be more specific, we will still be there to help you financially and personally post-placement. You and your adoptive family will figure out which communication method works best for you, whether that is through video call or email. Any expenses will be covered for the first six weeks after delivery.

We offer counseling and emotional support if you find yourself needing it during post-placement. Birth mothers after labor often have a hard time adjusting back to normal, and we are just a phone call away to help you in any way you need mentally.

Another way the Adoption Choices of Missouri helps post-placement is with last-minute hospital adoption. It is not uncommon for birth mothers to decide at the last minute that they would like to place their baby up for adoption. We are here to help you no matter what you choose. Even though it is last minute, you will still have complete control of your adoption plan.

Post-Placement Services in Missouri

Adoption is not the easiest process to complete on your own, so adoption agencies are here to help you every step of the way. If you are in Missouri and need help finding adoption agencies, look no further! 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 816-527-9800