Adoptive Family

If you are thinking about adopting a child, you probably have questions about exactly how adoption works in your state. Because adoption is regulated by state laws, where you live can have an impact on nearly every aspect of the adoption process, from the requirements to adopt to the adoption home study and more.

In this section, find information you need about state adoption laws, processes and more, and find the adoption services and resources you need to successfully add to your family.

As a national, full-service adoption agency, American Adoptions works with hopeful parents from across the country. To learn how we can help guide you through the entire domestic infant adoption process, contact an adoption specialist now at 1-800-ADOPTION.

How to Adopt a Baby in Missouri

If you’re interested in adopting a baby (or adopting an older child) in Missouri, it’s a good idea to brush up on the MO adoption process first.

Adoption Requirements in Missouri

“How old do you have to be to adopt?” We get this and other questions frequently. Before pursuing adoption, learn the requirements for adoption in Missouri.

Adoption Home Study in Missouri

A home study for adoption can be a stressful process, but American Adoptions has created an adoption home study checklist for Missouri families.

Missouri Adoption Laws

Adoption laws in Missouri can be hard to understand, but we’re here to make it as simple as possible with this Missouri adoption laws guide.

Adoption Finalization in Missouri

Adoption finalization: It’s the day adoptive parents look forward to for months. Learn how to receive your final decree of adoption in Missouri.

Foster Care Adoption in Missouri

Missouri has more than 1,000 foster children for adoption. If you’re interested in adopting a foster child, here’s what you need to know.

International Adoption in Missouri

Before adopting a child from another country, you’ll need to know how international adoption in Missouri works.


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  • What is the total cost for the entire adoption?

    There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption, including the program you choose. Variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees vary for each adoption. We strive to maintain affordable adoptions without cutting corners. Please see the Our Domestic Adoption Programs section for further details.

  • Can we choose the gender of our baby?

    Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.

  • Do we need to retain our own attorney?

    No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.

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  • Famous Adoptions

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  • Adoption Glossary

    Do adoption terms and phrases leave you feeling confused? Learn the meaning to key adoption words and phrases with our comprehensive adoption glossary.


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