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2023 Adoption Tax Credit

2023 Adoption Tax Credit

The 2023 tax filing season is upon us! The Internal Revenue Service recommends taxpayers take time to determine if they are eligible for important tax credits. Many of our adoptive families will be applying for the Adoption Tax Credit. With that in mind, we have compiled some basic information about the 2023 adoption tax credit.

Adoption Tax Credit 101 – for 2023 adoptions (claimed in early 2024)

If you have done any research into adoption financing, you’ve probably heard about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. But what exactly is this credit, and how does it work?

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit that helps families offset the costs of qualifying adoption expenses. Families who paid qualifying adoption expenses in 2023, and owe taxes, may be eligible to benefit from this credit. For adoptions finalized in 2023, there is a federal adoption tax credit of up to $15,950 per child. The 2023 adoption tax credit is NOT refundable, which means taxpayers can only use the credit if they have federal income tax liability.

Parents who are adopting from the U.S. and claiming qualified adoption expenses can claim the credit the year of finalization or the year after they spent the funds. Parents who adopt a child with special needs and are not basing their request on expenses should claim the credit the year of finalization. Parents who adopt internationally cannot claim the credit until the year of finalization.

The credit applies one time for each adopted child and should be claimed when taxpayers file taxes for 2023.

To be eligible for the credit, parents must:

  • Have adopted a child other than a stepchild — A child must be either under 18 or be physically or mentally unable to take care of him or herself.
  • Be within the income limits — Income affects how much of the credit parents can claim. For 2023, the adoption tax credit is fully available in the amount of $15,950 if your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is equal to or less than $239,230. If your modified adjusted gross income is more than $239,230 but less than $279,230, you will receive a reduced tax credit. If your modified adjusted gross income is $279,230 or more for the year, you are not eligible for the tax credit.

According to the IRS, “qualified adoption expenses” can include items like:

  • Reasonable and necessary adoption fees
  • Court costs and attorney fees
  • Traveling expenses related to adoption
  • Other expenses that are directly related to and for the principal purpose of the legal adoption of an eligible child

If you’re not sure whether you are eligible to use the adoption tax credit or if you paid qualifying adoption expenses in 2023, a tax professional will be able to provide more information.

How Much is the 2023 Adoption Tax Credit?

The amount families are eligible to receive from the Federal Adoption Tax Credit depends on a number of factors and will vary based on their unique situation. Families who finalize the adoption of a child with special needs in 2023 and fulfill the eligibility requirements above, can claim the full credit of $15,950 whether or not they had any expenses.

Other adopters can claim a credit based on their qualified adoption expenses, which are the reasonable and necessary expenses paid to complete the adoption that have not been reimbursed by anyone else. If the expenses are less than $15,950, the adopters claim only the amount of those expenses. However, if the expenses exceed $15,950, the adopters can claim up to, but no more than, $15,950, per child.

The Adoption Tax Credit limit is based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) and is recalculated each year based on current cost of living. Income affects how much of the credit parents can claim. For the 2023 Adoption Tax Credit, families with a MAGI is equal to or below $239,230 can claim full credit. If your modified adjusted gross income is more than $239,230 but less than $279,230, you will receive a reduced tax credit. If your modified adjusted gross income is $279,230 or more for the year, you are not eligible for the tax credit.

Adoption and taxes can be complicated, and you will likely have questions about the tax benefits available in your specific situation. While we hope you find the information in this post helpful, keep in mind that Adoption Choices does not offer tax advice. Talk to a tax professional for more specific information about how the Adoption Tax Credit can benefit your family.

Future: 2024 Adoption Tax Credit – If you adopt a child in 2024, the credit maximum amount will be $16,810 with an AGI phaseout threshold of $252,150 to $292,150.

Present: 2023 Adoption Tax Credit – If you adopt a child in 2023, the credit maximum amount will be $15,950 with an AGI phaseout threshold of $239,230 to $279,230.

Past: 2022 Adoption Tax Credit – for the past tax year 2022, the maximum adoption credit was $14,890 per child with a phaseout range of $223,410 – $263,410.

Interaction with the Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit changed in 2018, there was also a temporary change in 2021. The amount is now $2,000 per child, but only $1,400 of it can become the refundable additional child tax credit (dependent on the family’s earned income), with the remaining $600 a non-refundable Child Tax Credit. This credit will supersede the adoption tax credit when reducing the tax liability.

To determine the amount of the Child Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit a family uses, a family must complete the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in IRS Publication 972. Software and tax preparers will automatically calculate these amounts.

Taxpayers who can answer “Yes” on the last line of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet may be eligible for the Additional Child Tax Credit, which is a refundable credit (meaning they can claim the credit regardless of their tax liability). To claim the Additional Child Tax Credit, parents must complete IRS Schedule 8812.

How Much Taxpayers Will Benefit

How much, if any, of the adoption tax credit a parent will receive depends on their federal income tax liability in 2023 (and the next five years). In one year, taxpayers can use as much of the credit as the full amount of their federal income tax liability, which is the amount on line 11 of the Form 1040 less certain other credits (see Child Tax Credit above). Even those who normally get a refund may still have tax liability and could get a larger refund with the adoption tax credit. Taxpayers have six years (the year they first claimed the credit plus five additional years) to use the credit.

People who do not have federal income tax liability will not benefit this year. We encourage them to claim the credit and carry it forward to future years since the credit may become refundable again in the future.

Claiming the Adoption Tax Credit

To claim the credit, taxpayers will complete a 2023 version of IRS Form 8839 (available at irs.gov) and submit it with their Form 1040 when they file their 2023 taxes. Most tax software will create this form for you. Before filing, taxpayers should review 2023 Form 8839 instructions (will also be available at www.irs.gov) very carefully to be sure that they apply for the credit correctly and to see if anything has changed. The instructions are needed to calculate how much of the credit will be used.

When claiming the adoption tax credit, you’ll want to be ready with documents such as:

  • The final adoption decree
  • A placement agreement from an authorized agency
  • Court documents
  • A state’s determination for special-needs children, if applicable
When Can I Claim The Adoption Tax Credit?

If the child is born in the United States or is a resident alien, you may claim the adoption tax credit in the year after you incurred the expenses. However, if you completed the adoption process in the same year you incurred the expenses, you may claim the adoption tax credit in that year. Also, if you incur expenses in the year after the adoption is finalized, you may take the tax credit in the year you incurred the expenses. In an international adoption, the adoption tax credit can be claimed only after the adoption is finalized.

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What If The Adoption Is Unsuccessful?

One of the amazing things about the federal adoption tax credit is that eligibility does not depend on whether an adoption attempt was successful. Indeed, expenses incurred with an adoption attempt of a specific child, whether successful or not, may be reimbursed through the credit. The IRS allows you to treat these adoption expenses in the same manner as expenses you paid for an adoption that was not finalized by the end of the year. However, in an international adoption, the adoption tax credit can be claimed only if the adoption is successfully finalized.

What If My Qualified Adoption Expenses Are Greater Than My Tax Liability?

In its current form, Congress rejected the lobbyists’ plea to make the credit refundable. This would have meant that an adoptive parent would receive a check for the full credit whether or not they owed that amount in taxes for that year. Instead, Congress chose to treat the credit as a true “credit” meaning that the credit can only offset actual tax liability for that given year. If the adoption tax credit exceeds the amount of your tax liability for the year, the good news is that the excess amount of the tax credit can be carried forward for up to five years.

What Type Of Proof Must I Submit To Take The Adoption Tax Credit?

To take the adoption tax credit, you must be prepared to provide documentation to the IRS showing that your expenses are “qualified adoption expenses.” Therefore, during the adoption process, you should keep all of your receipts, invoices, and financial documents relating to the adoption so that you are prepared to submit these documents to the IRS.

What If My Employer Reimburses Me For Certain Adoption Expenses?

It is important to know that if your employer reimburses you for certain adoption expenses, you are permitted to exclude the amount of the reimbursement from your income. In other words, employee adoption benefit programs are tax deductible. You should inquire into whether your employer offers an adoption benefit program. A typical employer contribution is between $5,000 and $25,000.

In addition to this exclusion, you also are permitted to claim the adoption tax credit for the remaining amount of adoption expenses. The thing to remember is that you are not allowed to claim the tax credit and the exclusion for the same expenses. Again, you should consult with a tax professional to determine the extent of the adoption tax credit and exclusion available to you.

Since The Tax Credit Is A Federal Program, Does My State Offer Similar Types Of Tax Credits Or Deductions For Adoptive Parents?

Some states do and some do not. Since every state is different, you should consult with a tax professional to determine the extent of the adoption tax credit available in your state.

Talk to a Tax Professional about Adoption Tax Credit 2023

This is a lot of information, and you probably have more questions about the tax credit for adopting a child in your specific situation. Remember, Adoption Choices does not offer tax advice and recommends that you talk to your tax professional for specific information on how the Adoption Tax Credit can benefit your family.

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All About Missouri Birth Fathers

All About Missouri Birth Fathers

By Nicholas Rodinos

Adoption agencies discuss many aspects of the adoption process. However, one that must be discussed is the birth fathers. Some discussions of birth fathers spread misinformation that paints them in a negative light. Our adoption agency seeks to clear up these misconceptions and provide facts about birth fathers’ role in adoption. Birth fathers can be a vital component of the adoption process and the birth mother’s greatest supporters. 

Adoption Choices of Missouri has experience helping birth parents place their children for adoption and finding good homes. You can find us by searching ‘adoption agencies near me,’ and we can provide you with powerful adoption support. Our agency can support you if the birth father is not as supportive of you or the adoption process. If eligible, we can provide birth mothers with financial assistance, medical care, housing, transportation, and counseling.

What is Adoption?

Adoption is when parents who cannot care for their children give their children to people who can raise them. Parents who place their children for adoption, birth parents, are often surprised by unplanned pregnancies. Adoption agencies help them by testing adoptive parents and checking to see which adoptive parents can raise children. These agencies give birth parents control over the adoption process to ensure their health and happiness.

Birth Fathers and Adoption

A birth father is the biological father of the baby being placed for adoption. Birth fathers can be powerful supporters of the adoption process, providing birth mothers the comfort they need. They are usually part of the adoption process and help create an adoption plan. If the birth father doesn’t know, your adoption agencies can contact him and tell him about the adoption process. 

A Birth Father’s Role in the Adoption Process

The birth father can take many roles in the adoption process, adoption planning, and even choosing adoptive parents. Some birth fathers can provide financial support, while others provide a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. If a birth father cannot provide financial support, a local Missouri adoption agency can. The most important role a birth father can play in the adoption process is emotionally supporting the birth mother.

Why Birth Fathers Matter to the Adoption Process

The birth father’s primary role in the adoption process is providing the birth mother with emotional support. A birth father’s greatest role is prioritizing the mental health, emotional needs, and safety of the birth mother. Many birth fathers help the birth mother by having them discuss their expectations of the adoptive parents. As a part of adoption in Missouri, a birth father can help you decide the adoptive parents.

Facts About Birth Fathers and Adoption:

Many people are misinformed regarding birth fathers and their role in the adoption process. Some people believe birth fathers choose adoption to avoid responsibility. Others think birth fathers don’t support the adoption process. Adoption agencies seek to clear up these misconceptions and provide people with the facts about birth fathers. 

Birth Fathers Can Be Very Supportive of Adoption

Many birth fathers support the adoption process because they want to support the birth mother’s choice. Many birth fathers understand that they cannot provide for their children and trust adoption agencies to find adoptive parents. Several birth fathers trust Missouri adoption agencies because they know these agencies will support both birth parents.

Birth Fathers Can Form an Adoption Plan

Birth fathers can help you create an adoption plan and decide how much contact they want with their child. You and the birth father can decide whether you want more contact or more privacy from the adoptive parents. There are three specific types of adoption plans: open, semi-open, and closed, each providing different amounts of contact.

Birth Fathers Need Adoption Counseling as Well

Adoption is a beautiful process. However, it can leave birth parents with grief once their child has been placed. Both birth parents need counseling once the adoption process is complete so that their mental health needs are met. Adoption agencies near you can provide therapy to help you both discuss your post-adoption pain and learn to cope. Your adoption agency can provide a therapist who helps you create coping mechanisms so your grief doesn’t define you. 

Myths About Birth Fathers and Adoption:

Allow us to clarify: these are misconceptions, and the situation is more complicated than the myths we’re discussing here. Sometimes, these myths come from misunderstandings and ignorance; other times, they involve negative experiences with birth fathers. Most birth fathers do care about the birth mothers and their children and genuinely want to support them both.

Birth Fathers Don’t Support Adoption

Many birth fathers support the adoption process because they cannot afford to raise their children. The birth father often supports the birth mother’s decision and helps her decide what she wants for her child. Many birth fathers side with birth mothers so that they have one less thing to worry about.

Birth Fathers Seek Adoption Agencies Because They Don’t Love Their Children

Most birth fathers do love their children and genuinely want to support them. However, not all of them can. Many birth fathers choose adoption because they know some adoptive parents can provide for their children. Some birth fathers choose adoption agencies in Missouri because they are not ready to be parents. There are many reasons birth fathers choose adoption; most choose adoption because they cannot care for their children.

Adoption Agencies Don’t Let Birth Fathers Have Power

Part of adoption in Missouri allows both the birth father and mother to have power over the adoption process. The birth father does have a say in who adopts the child and how much post-adoption contact he has. Birth fathers can say what qualities they want in adoptive parents and which type of adoption they prefer.

Adoption Agencies Can Support You

Adoption agencies can help you and the birth father through every phase of the adoption process. Missouri adoption agencies will provide you with qualified adoptive parents to care for your baby. Our agencies can provide the necessary counseling so that you both can healthily move forward with your lives. We can help you with your adoption needs and ensure the safety of your child.

If you’re pregnant and need adoption help, Adoption Choices of Missouri can provide you with the necessary adoption support. We can help you through every step of the adoption process, including creating both adoption and birth plans. Our adoption agency helps both birth parents find suitable adoptive parents to ensure the child’s safety. Contact us, and we can help you through every step of the adoption process.

Adoption Choices of Missouri puede ayudar a los padres biológicos a colocar a sus hijos en adopción. Esta agencia ayuda a los padres biológicos a realizar la adopción de bebés y a planificar la adopción. Nuestras agencias pueden ayudar de otras maneras, como brindando apoyo financiero, atención médica, vivienda, transporte y asesoramiento. Comuníquese con nuestra agencia de adopción y podremos brindarle todas las formas de apoyo para la adopción disponibles.

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National Adoption Month and Its Importance

National Adoption Month and Its Importance

By Nicholas Rodinos

It’s a wonderful time, November is National Adoption Month, a time to celebrate the beauty of adoptive families. National Adoption Month exists to celebrate everyone involved in the adoption process. It’s a chance to discuss the benefits of adoption and create new ways to celebrate the wonders of adoption. There are many different forms of celebration when it comes to adoption. Let our agency help you celebrate.

Adoption Choices of Missouri is an adoption agency dedicated to serving birth mothers and adoptive parents throughout our state. Our agency helps birth mothers place their children for adoption so both birth mothers and children can be happy. We are one of the leading private adoption agencies in Missouri, specializing in emotionally supporting our birth mothers.

What Is Adoption?

Adoption is when biological parents give their child to a credible agency that finds parents to raise the child. The agencies will help you choose the adoptive parents according to your requirements for parents. These adoption agencies check the adoptive parents to make sure they can raise and afford to raise your child. Adoption agencies will help you put your child up for adoption and find adoptive parents to care for them.

National Adoption Month

Before celebrating National Adoption Month, we should learn the history of this wondrous holiday. In 1976, the then-governor of Massachusetts, Mike Dukkakis, made the first week of November National Adoption Week. This holiday was created to give birth parents, adoption professionals, and adoption agencies the admiration they deserve. In 1995, former President Bill Clinton extended the week into National Adoption Month, demonstrating the significance of adoption. 

The Importance of The Adoption Process

The adoption process grants children loving homes and lets birth mothers move forward. Giving a child up for adoption is not ‘giving up’; instead, it provides them with a new beginning. The adoption process checks adoptive parents’ backgrounds and allows birth mothers to select the ones that match their requirements. You can decide what qualities you want in the adoptive parents and how much contact you have with them.

Reasons Why Birth Mothers Choose Adoption

Many birth mothers place children for adoption for safety, financial, or personal reasons. Each birth mother chooses adoption for a different reason. However, there are many common reasons why some choose adoption.

  • They can’t afford to raise their child.
  • They’re living in an unstable environment that wouldn’t support a child.
  • They aren’t ready to raise a child.
  • Some birth mothers are surprised by an unplanned pregnancy.
  • They feel someone else can better care for their children.

Whatever your reason for choosing, adoption agencies are here to support you and your baby’s needs.

7 Benefits of Adoption

There are many benefits to placing a child for adoption: benefits for the child, birth mother, and adoptive parents. Don’t think about it as giving a child up for adoption. Instead, you’re giving your child a home and a family their child. Whatever you choose, adoption agencies will be there to support you.

1. Adoption Lets You Choose Your Future

If you don’t feel ready for children, adoption can help you choose your life path. You may be in college, trying to earn a degree, and you’re worried about jeopardizing your academic future. Maybe you’re at a great point in your career, and you don’t feel you’re ready for a baby. Whatever your reason, our Missouri adoption agencies give you the power to make your own decisions about your future.

2. Adoption Agencies Ensure the Safety of Your Child

Adoption provides children with safe homes and loving adoptive parents to make them appreciate life. Part of adoption in Missouri is checking that the adoptive parents can raise your child. Adoption agencies vet candidates to ensure they’ll be good adoptive parents and provide a safe environment for your child.

3. Adoption Agencies Provide Generous People A Family

You are nobly giving a couple a chance to raise a child and have a family of their own. Some adoptive parents can’t have kids of their own, and adoption agencies provide a chance to create a family. Your decision can create a beautiful family that loves, protects, and cherishes each other.

4. Ways To Celebrate National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month is a time to celebrate, and you can celebrate it any way you want. There are many ways to celebrate this momentous time, whether it’s promoting adoption or just celebrating by yourself. How you celebrate is important, but what’s more important is that you’re caring for your mental health.

5. Discussing Your Adoption Experience

If you feel comfortable, you can discuss your experience with Missouri adoption agencies and the resources they provide. You can tell your friends and loved ones about the importance of the adoption process and adoption professionals. This can be an opportunity to educate people and clear up misconceptions about adoption.

6. Celebrating Adoption By Talking With The Adoptive Parents

If you’re ready and your adoption plan allows, you can talk with the adoptive parents about your child’s well-being. You can talk with the adoptive parents about your child’s health, hobbies, interests, school life, and how they’re adjusting. It can be cathartic for birth mothers to know that their children are thriving in their new lives.

7. Celebrating Adoption By Taking Time For Yourself

If you feel like you need time for yourself, that’s fine. It’s important to care for yourself. You may want time to yourself so that you can relax or process any thoughts or emotions. If you feel it’s necessary, some counselors can talk with you about any post-adoption grief. 

Time To Celebrate Birth Parents, Adoption, and Adoption Agencies

National Adoption Month is a time to respect yourself for having the courage to place a child for adoption. This month is to celebrate everyone involved in the adoption process for their dedication to the children’s futures. There are many ways you can celebrate National Adoption Month, from talking about adoption to spending time with family. How you celebrate is up to you, as long as you are prioritizing your health and happiness.

Adoption Choices of Missouri can help you celebrate National Adoption Month and express adoption’s importance as a resource. We are a private adoption agency that provides birth mothers with the tools they need for their adoption journey. Our adoption agency can give you the support you may need during these difficult, emotionally complicated times. Contact us if you have any questions regarding adoption, including adoption planning, birth planning, or adoption resources.

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5 Things People Get Wrong About Birth Fathers in Missouri

5 Things People Get Wrong About Birth Fathers  in Missouri

By Lindsay Parkoo

Birth fathers have a pretty bad reputation in the world of adoption. In the media, birth fathers are depicted with many negative stereotypes. This creates negative expectations for how a birth father deals with adoption. They are seen as unimportant, absent, or unsupportive. While that can be the case for some, birth fathers are so much more than that. They can provide so much for the birth mother during the adoption. So, let’s break down some common misconceptions about birth fathers and let you know the truth.

But first, if you’re looking to place your baby for adoption, look for Adoption Choices of Missouri. With Adoption Choices of Missouri, you’ll work with adoption counselors who’ll provide support for you as a birth father. We make sure you understand the adoption process as well as what the types of adoption for you are. You can rest assured that you’ll be well informed in every decision that needs to be made.

5 Misconceptions about Birth Fathers 

Birth Fathers Don’t Want to be Involved in Missouri Adoption

Every birth father has the choice to be involved in the adoption process. In some cases, unfortunately, they choose not to be. That shouldn’t have an impact on the birth fathers that do make an effort to be involved. They get to decide with the birth mother on their adoption choices. If they opt for open adoption, the birth father has the option to be involved with the child. Adoption in Missouri allows you to have a relationship with your child after placement if all parties agree. 

Birth Fathers aren’t Involved with the Birth Mother in Missouri Adoption

Many believe that once the baby has been placed, the birth mother and father are done with each other. That isn’t always the case, but that decision is up to the birth parents. Many couples may choose adoption and still become parents later. Birth fathers learn to understand that a birth mother’s needs must come before theirs at times. Sometimes going through the adoption process together can lead to a better understanding with their partner too.

Birth Fathers are Unsupportive in Missouri Adoption

When a birth mother is pregnant and considering adoption, there’s a lot for her to think and worry about. She is, after all, making a brave and big decision for her and her child. She likely needs more support now than at any other time in her life. Being the birth father means that your job is to support her needs during and after the process. Whilst there are birth fathers who aren’t supportive during adoption, that doesn’t make up the whole. There are birth fathers who also feel that they’re not ready to be a parent. 

Birth Fathers aren’t Important in Missouri Adoption

This is very false. While the birth mother does take priority, the birth father is often there as her support. If the birth mother isn’t comfortable, there can be complications during her labor. It’s the birth father’s job to make sure she is being cared for. It’s a very important job to undertake. They should be included in all major steps, from making an adoption plan to choosing the adoptive family. That way, the birth mother doesn’t feel overwhelmed.

Birth Fathers Don’t Need Counseling During Adoption in Missouri Adoption

Our society often doesn’t let men talk about their feelings or get counseling. However, adoption can be an emotional process for both parents. It’s not easy if you feel like you’re giving a child up for adoption. Birth fathers might feel like their feelings and experiences aren’t worth dealing with. They might also feel judged by others if they seek out counseling. Adoption in Missouri allows both birth mother and birth father to get the emotional support they need during adoption.

Be a Part of the Missouri Adoption Process as a Birth Father

Birth fathers don’t always live up to the negative reputation the media puts on them. There are birth fathers that support the choice of adoption. They need emotional support and want to be involved with the child. We mustn’t leave them behind. There are resources and steps so that the birth parents collaborate during the process. 

Adoption Choices of Missouri can give you those resources. We take you step by step from birth to placement. Adoption Choices of Missouri even has a home study checklist for when they research and review prospective families. There’s a plethora of things your adoption agency teaches you, such as positive adoption language. So, you don’t have to search for how to give a baby up for adoption and feel miserable for it. Contact us early in your partner’s unplanned pregnancy and start your journey. 

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Birth Father FAQ With Adoption Agency in Missouri

Birth Father FAQ With Adoption Agency in Missouri

By Janae Pabon

When discussing how adoption in Missouri works, you mostly hear talk about the birth mother. The birth mother works with the adoption counselor to create the adoption plan; she chooses the adoptive family, etc. You may be wondering, what role does the birth father play in all this? Do adoption agencies near me require the birth father to be involved in a Missouri adoption? 

If you’re nervous about involving the birth father in the adoption process, these are all important questions to ask. Adoption Choices of Missouri wants to make sure you understand the birth father’s role in the adoption process. 

Birth Father Frequently Asked Questions

To help answer the questions you may have about the birth father’s involvement in the adoption process, we have created a list of frequently asked questions.

Does the birth father have to be part of my adoption plan?

If the birth father is your husband, he does have the right to be part of the adoption plan. The process may be a little more complicated if the birth father is your husband and you do not want him to be involved. You may be wondering how to give a baby up for adoption without the birth father. Know that the adoption can happen without him if he doesn’t fight for custody. Also, if the birth father is unknown or he denies paternity, the process can continue without him.

What happens if the birth father is unknown?

Adoption Choices of Missouri can try to locate the birth father and let him know his rights if you want him to be involved. If we cannot find him, the adoption will continue as planned. An unknown birth father will not stop the adoption process from proceeding.

What if the birth father doesn’t want the adoption to proceed? 

The baby’s birth father may not understand the benefits of adoption and may not agree with you that it is the right choice. If this is the case, he can fight for complete custody in court. However, if he cannot prove that he can support a child on his own, the adoption can continue without him. To better understand the benefits of adoption, he can get an adoption counselor or reach out to us at Adoption Choices of Missouri for more information about adoption.

What if the birth father approves but just doesn’t want to be involved in the adoption?

If the birth father does not fight the adoption but doesn’t want to be involved at all, the adoption can proceed. He can choose to sign away his parental rights, and then the birth mother can place the baby for adoption without intervention. 

Will the birth father be required to support the baby after the adoption?

After both birth parents sign away custody, neither you, the birth mother, nor the birth father will be required to pay the child’s support. The adoptive family will now be responsible for the expenses of the child.

How can the birth father help with the adoption itself?

If you have a healthy relationship with the birth father and decide that you would like him to be involved, this can be of great benefit to you. As the expectant mother, you do not have to make decisions about the adoption alone. The birth father can work with you to create the adoption plan, which outlines everything about this adoption. He can help you assess your adoption options and decide whether you want a closed, semi-open, or open adoption. The birth father can also help you search through all possible adoptive families who have completed the home study checklist. You do not have to choose the perfect adoptive family for your baby alone!

How can the birth father support the birth mother through the process?

The birth father may want to help you through the adoption process but simply not know how. Emotional support is extremely important during this difficult process. The birth father is the father of your child and, therefore, can partially understand how you feel. He can be there for you while you go through the inevitable rollercoaster of emotions. Adoption Choices of Missouri offers counseling services to you, and he can even attend these with you for extra support.

Can the birth father have a relationship with the child after the adoption? 

If the birth father is involved in the adoption planning, and you both pursue an open adoption, then the birth father can see the baby. The birth father can either visit your child with you during scheduled meetings, or you can go separately. Of course, the adoptive family’s wishes must also be considered when it comes to visits. You can discuss what they are comfortable with and figure out what will fulfill both your wishes and the adoptive family’s.

Can the birth father be included in the birth of your baby?

The birth plan exists for you. Whatever you put it in is there to guarantee that your needs for the birth are met. Our adoption counselors and the birth father can help you make some decisions regarding the birth plan, but ultimately it is up to you. If you would like the birth father to be present at the birth, and he agrees, then he can be there to support you. 

Are there resources for the birth father?

The adoption process can be emotionally taxing for the birth father, too. He may need extra support, and Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to offer him that. He can attend a support group where he can talk to other birth fathers who understand the emotions that come with adoption. Adoption Choices of Missouri can help birth fathers get connected with these support groups. An adoption counselor can also help figure out what other resources are available for birth fathers.

We Can Help You With Your Missouri Adoption

Birth fathers matter when it comes to adoption. They have certain rights and can be an extremely beneficial part of helping your adoption process. However, Adoption Choices of Missouri wants you to know that no matter your relationship with the birth father, you can still place your baby for adoption. 

If you are thinking of giving your child up for adoption but don’t know where to start, you can contact us at Adoption Choices of Missouri. We are here to help you no matter where you are in the adoption process.

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2022 Adoption Tax Credit

2022 Adoption Tax Credit

The 2022 tax filing season is upon us! The Internal Revenue Service recommends taxpayers take time to determine if they are eligible for important tax credits. Many of our adoptive families will be applying for the Adoption Tax Credit. With that in mind, we have compiled some basic information about the 2022 adoption tax credit.

Adoption Tax Credit 101 – for 2022 adoptions (claimed in early 2023)

If you have done any research into adoption financing, you’ve probably heard about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. But what exactly is this credit, and how does it work?

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit that helps families offset the costs of qualifying adoption expenses. Families who paid qualifying adoption expenses in 2022, and owe taxes, may be eligible to benefit from this credit. For adoptions finalized in 2022, there is a federal adoption tax credit of up to $14,890 per child. The 2022 adoption tax credit is NOT refundable, which means taxpayers can only use the credit if they have federal income tax liability.

Parents who are adopting from the U.S. and claiming qualified adoption expenses can claim the credit the year of finalization or the year after they spent the funds. Parents who adopt a child with special needs and are not basing their request on expenses should claim the credit the year of finalization. Parents who adopt internationally cannot claim the credit until the year of finalization.

The credit applies one time for each adopted child and should be claimed when taxpayers file taxes for 2022.

To be eligible for the credit, parents must:

  • Have adopted a child other than a stepchild — A child must be either under 18 or be physically or mentally unable to take care of him or herself.
  • Be within the income limits — Income affects how much of the credit parents can claim. The credit begins to phase out for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) in excess of $223,410, and it’s completely phased out at $263,410 or more.

According to the IRS, “qualified adoption expenses” can include items like:

  • Reasonable and necessary adoption fees
  • Court costs and attorney fees
  • Traveling expenses related to adoption
  • Other expenses that are directly related to and for the principal purpose of the legal adoption of an eligible child

If you’re not sure whether you are eligible to use the adoption tax credit or if you paid qualifying adoption expenses in 2022, a tax professional will be able to provide more information.

How Much is the 2022 Adoption Tax Credit?

The amount families are eligible to receive from the Federal Adoption Tax Credit depends on a number of factors and will vary based on their unique situation. Families who finalize the adoption of a child with special needs in 2022 and fulfill the eligibility requirements above, can claim the full credit of $14,890 whether or not they had any expenses.

Other adopters can claim a credit based on their qualified adoption expenses, which are the reasonable and necessary expenses paid to complete the adoption that have not been reimbursed by anyone else. If the expenses are less than $14,890, the adopters claim only the amount of those expenses. However, if the expenses exceed $14,890, the adopters can claim up to, but no more than, $14,890, per child.

The Adoption Tax Credit limit is based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) and is recalculated each year based on current cost of living. Income affects how much of the credit parents can claim. For the 2022 Adoption Tax Credit, families with a MAGI below $223,410 can claim full credit. The credit begins to phase out for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) in excess of $223,410, and it’s completely phased out at $263,410 or more.

Adoption and taxes can be complicated, and you will likely have questions about the tax benefits available in your specific situation. While we hope you find the information in this post helpful, keep in mind that Adoption Choices does not offer tax advice. Talk to a tax professional for more specific information about how the Adoption Tax Credit can benefit your family.

Future: 2023 Adoption Tax Credit – If you adopt a child in 2023, the credit maximum amount will be $15,950 with an AGI phaseout threshold of $239,230 to $279,230.

Present: 2022 Adoption Tax Credit – If you adopt a child in 2022, the credit maximum amount will be $14,890 with an AGI phaseout threshold of $223,410 to $263,410.

Past: 2021 Adoption Tax Credit – for the past tax year 2021, the maximum adoption credit was $14,440 per child with a phaseout range of $216,660 – $256,660.

Interaction with the Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit changed in 2018, there was also a temporary change in 2021. The amount is now $2,000 per child, but only $1,400 of it can become the refundable additional child tax credit (dependent on the family’s earned income), with the remaining $600 a non-refundable Child Tax Credit.  This credit will supersede the adoption tax credit when reducing the tax liability.

To determine the amount of the Child Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit a family uses, a family must complete the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in IRS Publication 972.  Software and tax preparers will automatically calculate these amounts.

Taxpayers who can answer “Yes” on the last line of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet may be eligible for the Additional Child Tax Credit, which is a refundable credit (meaning they can claim the credit regardless of their tax liability). To claim the Additional Child Tax Credit, parents must complete IRS Schedule 8812.

How Much Taxpayers Will Benefit

How much, if any, of the adoption tax credit a parent will receive depends on their federal income tax liability in 2022 (and the next five years). In one year, taxpayers can use as much of the credit as the full amount of their federal income tax liability, which is the amount on line 11 of the Form 1040 less certain other credits (see Child Tax Credit above). Even those who normally get a refund may still have tax liability and could get a larger refund with the adoption tax credit. Taxpayers have six years (the year they first claimed the credit plus five additional years) to use the credit.

People who do not have federal income tax liability will not benefit this year. We encourage them to claim the credit and carry it forward to future years since the credit may become refundable again in the future.

Claiming the Adoption Tax Credit

To claim the credit, taxpayers will complete a 2022 version of IRS Form 8839 (available at irs.gov) and submit it with their Form 1040 when they file their 2022 taxes. Most tax software will create this form for you. Before filing, taxpayers should review 2022 Form 8839 instructions (will also be available at www.irs.gov) very carefully to be sure that they apply for the credit correctly and to see if anything has changed. The instructions are needed to calculate how much of the credit will be used.

When claiming the adoption tax credit, you’ll want to be ready with documents such as:

  • The final adoption decree
  • A placement agreement from an authorized agency
  • Court documents
  • A state’s determination for special-needs children, if applicable

This is a lot of information, and you probably have more questions about the tax credit for adopting a child in your specific situation. Adoption Choices does not offer tax advice and recommends that you talk to your tax professional for specific information on how the Adoption Tax Credit can benefit your family.

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Birth Father’s Role and Responsibility in Missouri 

Birth Father’s Role and Responsibility in Missouri 

By Alex Reza

There are many misconceptions that birth fathers and the birth father’s role during the adoption process. However, this is not the case. Birth fathers have many responsibilities and play an important role in giving a baby up for adoption. We understand that considering adoption is not easy for birth parents, as you may feel guilt and a sense of loss. It may be difficult to express your thoughts and feelings about being unable to care for your child. Unfortunately, these feelings are not unusual. However, we understand you care about your child’s future and want the best for them.

This is where adoption agencies in Missouri can help. You will be very involved in deciding what is best for your child, even if you are no longer with the birth mother. Both birth parents should be aware that the birth father will not play a marginal role in the adoption of their child but instead will play an active role as a responsible and supportive partner in putting together an adoption plan.

Adoption Choices of Missouri is a licensed, private, child-placing agency that serves women facing unplanned pregnancies and prospective adoptive families. If birth parents are considering placement and wondering what role the birth father will play, please click on this link. An adoption specialist will assist you throughout the process: adoption agencies near me.

Are Adoption Agency is here to Provide Adoption Support

As the birth father, you will be the birth mother’s key support throughout the adoption process. You will help her make important decisions as to what is best for your child. The birth mother will need your support when you both become involved in choosing an adoptive family for your child. You will also need to decide what type of adoption you would like and if you want to stay informed about your child’s progress.

Communication will be very important during this process as it’s not easy to make decisions when emotions are running high. Being a supportive partner and respecting the birth mother’s decisions will be very important. The birth mother will benefit from your caring and understanding support as she goes through the pain of adoption loss. Adoption agencies in Missouri will also offer the support you will both need.

A Birth Father’s Role Includes Providing Your Complete Medical History for an Adoption

This is very important because, at some point in your child’s life, they may need to know if there are any hereditary illnesses in their family’s history for their health and wellbeing. Being transparent and providing detailed health information regarding illnesses, substance abuse, or mental health issues can help your child deal with future health complications. If your child is aware that they may be predisposed to certain illnesses, then they can be proactive with preventive care. This information will also help the adoptive family provide the best care for your child.

Helping the Birth Mother with the Adoption Plan

Think of an adoption plan as a road map that takes you through all of the key details of your adoption. Each adoption is unique, and you should feel comfortable expressing your opinions and desires for your child. You may disagree with the birth mother on some important issues. That is why your involvement is imperative to develop a plan with which the two of you feel most comfortable. There are different choices that you have to decide on when it comes to adoption.

Open adoption is where you would remain in contact with the adoptive family and will receive information about your child. There is also a semi-open adoption where you would receive this information through the adoption agency and can remain anonymous. Finally, you can choose a closed adoption where you would not receive any information about your child. In essence, you sever ties. The choice is yours and the birth mother’s to make. A key element of the adoption plan is that you also get to choose the family or individual that will adopt your child.

The Birth Father Might be Present at the Hospital During the Birth of Your Child

Depending on your relationship with the birth mother, you may also be a part of putting together a hospital plan. This is a plan of what the birth mother wants to do while in the hospital. You should decide how involved you would like to be. Do you want to be there during the birth of your child? Do you want to possibly take the birth mother to the hospital? You and the birth mother may want to spend some time alone with your child before he or she goes to the adoptive family. These are all important decisions that should be determined before your child’s birth. Your local adoption agency has a lot of experience in this area and can guide you through everything you need to consider.

It’s very important as a birth father that you do not neglect the emotional aspect of giving a baby up for adoption. You may feel it’s more manly to not express your grief and attempt to bury your feelings. However, how you feel is natural, and it is healthy to express what you are going through. Adoption Choices of Missouri offers counseling to both birth parents to help process these emotions.

As birth parents, you may be wondering what the birth father’s role will be throughout the adoption process. If you are seeking information, your local adoption agency can assist you. Click on this link to locate the adoption agencies near me. They are available to help you throughout this important journey.

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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Birth Father Consent: Can I Choose Adoption in Missouri Without the Birth Father’s Permission?

Birth Father Consent: Can I Choose Adoption in Missouri Without the Birth Father’s Permission?

By Alex Reza

It is possible that your unplanned pregnancy has complicated your relationship with the birth father. Rest assured that this is not unusual. You will need the birth father’s consent to put your baby up for adoption as. Generally speaking, a child cannot be put up for adoption without the consent of both parents. The birth father does have rights that must be taken into account when adoption is involved. However, some exceptions may apply. 

 Depending upon the circumstances between you and the birth father, you may be able to move forward without his consent. For example, if the father of your child denies he is the legitimate parent and denies paternity. There may also be an instance where the birth father’s identity is unknown to you, or if known, the court could determine that he is unfit to care for your child or that he abandoned the child. It is imperative in Missouri and most state that your child’s welfare is of primary concern.

That is why Adoption Choices of Missouri is available to help guide you through this complex issue of consent. Each adoption situation is unique, and each state’s adoption laws are different. Our adoption specialists will help you determine the best course of action to proceed with your adoption plan, and they will provide expert legal representation. For further help, please click on this link: adoption agencies near me.

How does the state of Missouri define a birth father?

birth father is the biological father of a child, so your child would share DNA with this individual. If a man is married to you at the time of your child’s birth or is a registered partner, he will be considered the child’s legal father or a presumed father. If you are not married, then legally, he would be considered a putative father. For more information about the different types of both fathers please consult your adoption specialist.

As a putative father, he would need to establish his paternity with the court system no later than fifteen days after your child’s birth, and he must file with the putative father registry. If the birth or putative father consents to the adoption, he will no longer have any future interest in the child, and he terminates his parental rights.

We understand that this may seem like a complicated process. However, adoption agencies in Missouri, along with an assigned adoption attorney, can assist you in navigating the laws governing adoption. Our aim is to make this entire process less stressful for you. In addition, you will have a Birth Parent Counselor to help you understand all the intricacies of adoption and which course of action would be best for you and your child.

Navigating the process of consent with the birth father

Generally, the birth mother has more importance and leverage when it comes to making the decisions about giving a baby up for adoption. If the birth father has abandoned your child for at least six months before you put your baby up for adoption, his consent will not be required. Also, if the birth father denies the paternity of your child, then again, his consent is not necessary.

To help determine the necessity of the birth father’s consent, please contact your local adoption agency. We will help you understand the legal requirements of adoption in Missouri. If the birth father agrees with you to place your child up for adoption, the adoption process will not be complicated. He will just need to give his written consent before a judge or notary public and provide two witnesses to his signature on the document.

As a full-service, licensed adoption agency, Adoption Choices of Missouri is here to guide you through this process. For further help, please click on this link to find adoption agencies near me to provide you with all the resources you will need to protect your adoption rights as a birth mother and obtain the free legal representation necessary to assist in the consent process.

The importance of an adoption plan

Depending on your relationship with the birth father during your pregnancy, it is important to have an adoption plan

This will be very helpful if your relationship with the birth father is complicated, abusive, or contentious. In these cases, it is possible to proceed with the adoption without his consent. Of utmost importance are the safety of you and your child. If the birth father is absent or does not want to acknowledge he is the father, a judge can grant you sole parental rights. This will allow you to proceed with the adoption without the birth father’s involvement.

In addition, an adoption plan will provide you with counseling, legal advice, prenatal care during your pregnancy, financial support, and safe housing if needed. Most importantly, we will provide you with emotional support throughout your adoption journey. We are here for you to help out in any way we can!

If you are a woman considering adoption and seeking information on the process, your local adoption agency can assist you. Click on this link to locate the adoption agencies near me. They are available to help you throughout this important journey.

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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2021 Adoption Tax Credit

2021 Adoption Tax Credit

The 2021 tax filing season is upon us! The Internal Revenue Service recommends taxpayers take time to determine if they are eligible for important tax credits. Many of our adoptive families will be applying for the Adoption Tax Credit. With that in mind, we have compiled some basic information about the 2021 adoption tax credit.

Adoption Tax Credit 101 – for 2021 adoptions (claimed in early 2022)

If you have done any research into adoption financing, you’ve probably heard about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. But what exactly is this credit, and how does it work?

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit that helps families offset the costs of qualifying adoption expenses. Families who paid qualifying adoption expenses in 2021, and owe taxes, may be eligible to benefit from this credit. For adoptions finalized in 2021, there is a federal adoption tax credit of up to $14,440 per child. The 2021 adoption tax credit is NOT refundable, which means taxpayers can only use the credit if they have federal income tax liability.

Parents who are adopting from the U.S. and claiming qualified adoption expenses can claim the credit the year of finalization or the year after they spent the funds. Parents who adopt a child with special needs and are not basing their request on expenses should claim the credit the year of finalization. Parents who adopt internationally cannot claim the credit until the year of finalization.

The credit applies one time for each adopted child and should be claimed when taxpayers file taxes for 2021.

To be eligible for the credit, parents must:

  • Have adopted a child other than a stepchild — A child must be either under 18 or be physically or mentally unable to take care of him or herself.
  • Be within the income limits — Income affects how much of the credit parents can claim. The credit begins to phase out for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) in excess of $223,410, and it’s completely phased out at $263,410 or more.

According to the IRS, “qualified adoption expenses” can include items like:

  • Reasonable and necessary adoption fees
  • Court costs and attorney fees
  • Traveling expenses related to adoption
  • Other expenses that are directly related to and for the principal purpose of the legal adoption of an eligible child

If you’re not sure whether you are eligible to use the adoption tax credit or if you paid qualifying adoption expenses in 2021, a tax professional will be able to provide more information.

How Much is the 2021 Adoption Tax Credit?

The amount families are eligible to receive from the Federal Adoption Tax Credit depends on a number of factors and will vary based on their unique situation. Families who finalize the adoption of a child with special needs in 2021 and fulfill the eligibility requirements above, can claim the full credit of $14,4400 whether or not they had any expenses.

Other adopters can claim a credit based on their qualified adoption expenses, which are the reasonable and necessary expenses paid to complete the adoption that have not been reimbursed by anyone else. If the expenses are less than $14,4400, the adopters claim only the amount of those expenses. However, if the expenses exceed $14,4400, the adopters can claim up to, but no more than, $14,4400, per child.

The Adoption Tax Credit limit is based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) and is recalculated each year based on current cost of living. Income affects how much of the credit parents can claim. For the 2021 Adoption Tax Credit, families with a MAGI below $216,660 can claim full credit. The credit begins to phase out for taxpayers with modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) in excess of $216,660, and it’s completely phased out at $256,660 or more.

Adoption and taxes can be complicated, and you will likely have questions about the tax benefits available in your specific situation. While we hope you find the information in this post helpful, keep in mind that Adoption Choices does not offer tax advice. Talk to a tax professional for more specific information about how the Adoption Tax Credit can benefit your family.

2022 Adoption Tax Credit – If you adopt a child in 2022, the credit maximum amount will be $14,890 with an AGI phaseout threshold of $223,410 to $263,410.

2020 Adoption Tax Credit – for the past tax year 2020, the maximum adoption credit was $14,300 per child with a phaseout range of $214,520 – $254,520.

Interaction with the Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit changed in 2018. The amount is now $2,000 per child, but only $1,400 of it can become the refundable additional child tax credit (dependent on the family’s earned income), with the remaining $600 a non-refundable Child Tax Credit.  This credit will supersede the adoption tax credit when reducing the tax liability.

To determine the amount of the Child Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit a family uses, a family must complete the Child Tax Credit Worksheet in IRS Publication 972.  Software and tax preparers will automatically calculate these amounts.

Taxpayers who can answer “Yes” on the last line of the Child Tax Credit Worksheet may be eligible for the Additional Child Tax Credit, which is a refundable credit (meaning they can claim the credit regardless of their tax liability). To claim the Additional Child Tax Credit, parents must complete IRS Schedule 8812.

How Much Taxpayers Will Benefit

How much, if any, of the adoption tax credit a parent will receive depends on their federal income tax liability in 2020 (and the next five years). In one year, taxpayers can use as much of the credit as the full amount of their federal income tax liability, which is the amount on line 11 of the Form 1040 less certain other credits (see Child Tax Credit above). Even those who normally get a refund may still have tax liability and could get a larger refund with the adoption tax credit. Taxpayers have six years (the year they first claimed the credit plus five additional years) to use the credit.

People who do not have federal income tax liability will not benefit this year. We encourage them to claim the credit and carry it forward to future years since the credit may become refundable again in the future.

Claiming the Adoption Tax Credit

To claim the credit, taxpayers will complete a 2021 version of IRS Form 8839 (available at irs.gov in early 2022) and submit it with their Form 1040 when they file their 2021 taxes. Most tax software will create this form for you. Before filing, taxpayers should review 2021 Form 8839 instructions (will also be available at www.irs.gov) very carefully to be sure that they apply for the credit correctly and to see if anything has changed. The instructions are needed to calculate how much of the credit will be used.

When claiming the adoption tax credit, you’ll want to be ready with documents such as:

  • The final adoption decree
  • A placement agreement from an authorized agency
  • Court documents
  • A state’s determination for special-needs children, if applicable

This is a lot of information, and you probably have more questions about the tax credit for adopting a child in your specific situation. Adoption Choices does not offer tax advice and recommends that you talk to your tax professional for specific information on how the Adoption Tax Credit can benefit your family.

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Do I Have to Tell the Birth Father About an Adoption Plan?

Do I Have to Tell the Birth Father About an Adoption Plan?

As a birth mother, you may have a great relationship with your baby’s birth father, or you might not even know who the birth father is. Maybe you aren’t on speaking terms with the birth father, or perhaps you’ve lost contact with him. Regardless of the situation, your baby has a birth father, and there may be some concern over whether or not he will be included in the adoption plan. 

Due to legal requirements, there is an extent to which the birth father will be involved, even at a private adoption agency like Adoption Choices of Missouri. Many states will require the birth mother to post an adoption announcement in the legal advertising portion of the newspaper, which is meant to inform any potential birth father of the decision to give a baby up for adoption. Talk to your legal advisor or adoption caseworker for more information about the legal requirements of adoption and consent. Our adoption agency in Missouri has gone through this process many times and is prepared to guide you through it with as much clarity and ease as possible. 

How Involved Can the Birth Father Be?

It is important that any birth mother follows the requirements to receive the birth father’s consent for the adoption to prevent any complications in the future. After this requirement is fulfilled, involvement varies from case to case. In some situations, such as many teen pregnancy cases, after the consent, the birth father may choose how much involvement he has in the adoption process, although this does not have to be true for every situation. Speak to your adoption caseworker for more information about the birth father’s role and responsibilities.

If you have a good relationship, the birth father can be just as involved as you, the birth mother. He can help decide the future family of your baby and guide you as you figure out all the details of your adoption plan. The birth father can provide a great form of support for birth mothers. Yet, there are cases where birth mothers have a negative relationship with the birth father and may have a hard time involving them in the adoption plan. If things get complicated between you and the birth father, Adoption Choices of Missouri is equipped to assist you in sorting out any disruptions between you and the birth father. 

Do I Get the Final Say in the Adoption Journey?

If the birth father wants to be involved in the adoption plan throughout the adoption process, he has a right to contribute. Although interacting with the birth father may cause pain and negative feelings to resurface, if he genuinely desires to help in the adoption plan, keep in mind that the process is meant to provide a secure future for your child. Thus, allowing feelings to get in the way of the valuable insight he may provide to the process may not be what’s best for your child’s future. 

So, Do I Tell the Baby’s Birth Father About the Adoption Plan?

The various requirements of the adoption process can get complicated. Speaking to an adoption caseworker or legal advisor can help clarify how to approach the situation. This news may be harder for some to take than others, but if considering adoption is the best choice for your child, in the long run, letting the complication of figuring out who the birth father is or concern over his consent steer you away from choosing it would be detrimental. Ultimately, as a birth mother, try to approach the feelings the birth father may have with grace and understanding because your child is his child too. Discuss with him the courage and love it takes to choose the route of adoption for your child and come to an agreement together on how to deal with your pregnancy if possible for more information on the adoption process and what next steps you can take with your pregnancy, contact Adoption Choices of 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 816-527-9800

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