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Types of Adoptive Families in Missouri

Types of Adoptive Families in Missouri

By Blessing E. Ikhimokpa

As you go through your adoption plan, you come across the next step. The step toward finding the right adoptive family. In this step, you’ll have the option to choose the adoptive family for your birth child. At our agency, we have young, older, single, hetero, and same-sex families looking to adopt. So no matter your decision, your birth child will be in expert hands. Adoption Choices of Missouri help birth moms with various resources. Then, when it’s time to choose between the different types of adoptive families, we’ll guide you through the process so that it can be as smooth as possible. 

What is the Missouri adoption process?

The adoption process starts once you’ve contacted a local adoption agency. Contacted them and said you’re planning on placing your child up for adoption. They’ll then ask you if you’d like to have a counselor. If you’d like, this counselor will be there every step of the way. The counselor will help you with :

  • Counseling 
  • Choosing an adoption option
  • Being there during your birth
  • Being there after the child has been adopted.

During the adoption process, we will make an adoption plan. An adoption plan is a plan made when there is an unplanned pregnancy. When the birth mother considers placing their child up for adoption, since this was an unplanned pregnancy, the birth mother isn’t prepared. As a result, they needed an adoption plan. 

At the adoption agency of choice, you’ll have the option to have a counselor who will guide you throughout your adoption process. They’ll go over the adoption plan steps:

  1. Contact a local agency and ask them how to put a child up for adoption
  2. Decide if placing your birth child up for adoption is something you want
  3. Decide on which adoption option you’d like
  4. Plan a birth/hospital plan
  5. Decide if you’d like to seek counseling once the adoption process is complete

The adoption plan goes over all the things needed throughout the pregnancy. If the birth mother needs help financially. The adoption agency of choice will help them with that. At Adoption Choices of Missouri, we help birth mothers with finances if needed. When going through an unplanned pregnancy. Financial problems are the last thing you want to think about, so we’re here to take that stress off your shoulders. 

What do I need before I can create an adoption plan?

Before creating an adoption plan, look for adoption agencies near me after you’ve found an adoption agency. You’ll ask them for Pregnant help. This is an unplanned pregnancy, and you’re not prepared. Once you’ve done that, they’ll guide you towards an adoption plan.

Am I able to review the adoptive family before I place my child up for adoption?

When choosing an adoptive family, you can review their profiles, which helps you choose the right family for your birth child. Although, this choice is available. If you’re not interested in choosing the adoptive family or reviewing their profile. Your adoption agency of choice will do it for you. This option is available but not required. 

How do I begin the matching process when looking for the different types of adoptive families in Missouri?

If this is the first time, you’ve gone through the adoption process. In the adoption plan, finding an adoptive family is one step toward placing a child up for adoption. Before you can begin the matching process, you’ll have to choose the type of adoption you’d like. In Missouri, there are three types of adoption options to choose from. First, there’s an open, semi-open, and closed adoption, depending on the adoption plan of choice. This will determine how you start your matching process.

With open adoption, you’ll have the ability to review and contact the adoptive parents of choice. You and the adoptive parents will have a constant stream of contact in this choice. Whenever you want to talk something over with the adoptive parent, you’ll be able to. In addition, both you and the adoptive parents will communicate regarding the birth child’s well-being. 

In a semi-open adoption, you won’t have an open stream of contact with the adoptive parents. This choice is chosen because either the birth mother or the adoptive parent (s) have remained anonymous. So, if you’re not interested in contacting the adoptive parent (s), then this choice is for you. 

Finally, with the closed adoption. You’ll be able to choose and review the adoptive parent (s). But since it’s closed, there won’t be a contact line. Most of the time, with this option. The birth mother has let the adoption agency handle everything regarding the adoption process. 

Looking for an adoptive family could be stressful. But with help, you’ll find it doesn’t have to be. 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 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