Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt in Missouri?
By Miranda Frank
Adoption Choices of Missouri is a non-profit agency that provides help and guidance for birth parents in Missouri. We are here to inform you about the adoption process and your real adoption choices during this period. Considering your adoption options can seem overwhelming, so we want to support you through and after your pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and considering giving your child up for adoption, you may have some questions with regard to who may be eligible to adopt a child in your state. If you are wondering if same-sex couples are able to adopt in Missouri, here are some frequently asked questions that may be helpful.
Can same-sex couples adopt in Missouri?
Yes, same-sex couples can legally adopt children in Missouri. Missouri law does not discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals or couples in the adoption process.
Are LGBTQ+ individuals or couples given equal consideration for adoption in Missouri?
Yes, LGBTQ+ individuals and couples are given the same consideration as heterosexual individuals and couples in the adoption process. An adoption cannot be denied solely based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
What is the process for LGBTQ+ individuals or couples to adopt in Missouri?
The adoption process for LGBTQ+ individuals or couples in Missouri is similar to that of heterosexual individuals or couples. It entails submitting an application, completing a home study, and satisfying other prerequisites established by the adoption agency.
Can LGBTQ+ individuals or couples adopt through Adoption Choices of Missouri?
Yes, LGBTQ+ individuals or couples can adopt through our organization. The process is the same regardless of any member of the prospective family’s sexual orientation or gender identity. All potential parents undergo the same process and must meet the same criteria and undergo a home study to ensure that they can provide a suitable home environment for a child.
Are LGBTQ+ individuals or couples subject to any additional requirements or restrictions in the adoption process?
LGBTQ+ individuals or couples should not be subject to any additional requirements or restrictions solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. They are expected to meet the same legal and ethical standards as any other prospective adoptive parents.
What resources are available to LGBTQ+ individuals or couples interested in adoption in Missouri?
Adoption agencies in Missouri are a great resource for people looking to adopt and for pregnant people who are pregnant and considering adoption. Adoption Choices of Missouri is a great source of information, and we are always open to answering any questions and providing any help necessary. We have a network of professionals in contact with diverse waiting families across the nation who are looking to adopt.
Do I have a say in who the adoptive parents will be?
When you are developing your adoption plan, your assigned Birth Parent Counselor will bring you adoptive family profiles to choose from. Depending on the level of openness, you can meet the adoptive family and maintain communication throughout your pregnancy. Throughout every stage of the adoption process, you will be able to communicate your preferences about what you envision for the family of your child, what you see for your relationship with them, and countless other elements.
What are the benefits of choosing an LGBTQ+ couple as adoptive parents for my child?
There are a number of potential benefits to choosing an LGBTQ+ couple as adoptive parents for your child. Queer couples often prioritize creating an inclusive and accepting environment for their child, embracing diversity and promoting both understanding and empathy, which can help them to provide a supportive space for a child to. LGBTQ+ couples also may have a support network and community that can provide additional resources and guidance that benefit both you and your child.
What are the disadvantages of choosing LGBTQ+ couples as adoptive parents for my child?
There are also challenges and factors that could be difficult to address. While society has become more accepting, there is still the possibility of encountering stigma, which may be difficult for both the child and birth mother to encounter. Additionally, a lack of representation of diverse families may also be a challenge and, therefore, another consideration.
What else should I consider if I am choosing an LGBTQ+ couple or individual to adopt my child?
Begin with identifying what qualities of a couple or home you may want to consider. This can start with the question, “What would a loving family for my baby look like?” and from there, you can determine what values and other factors you might prioritize. Seek out couples who demonstrate the kind of loving and accepting nature that might contribute to a healthy home. Will this couple provide a child with acceptance, stability, support, and communication? Also, weighing the unique benefits and disadvantages of choosing a same-sex couple as parents for your child will help you to make an even more informed decision if adoption is right for you.
If you have any further questions about how to give a baby up for adoption or any other part of the adoption process, contact Adoption Choices of Missouri via phone, email, text, or through our website so we can connect to assess your needs and circumstances.