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Adoption in Columbia, MO

Columbia Adoption Agencies, Attorneys and More

Adoption in Columbia, Mo., can be a beautiful and life-changing process. Whether you are a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or hopeful parents considering adoption, you’ve come to the right place.

We know how confusing adoption can be in the beginning. Who can you work with? How do you start the process? How do you find an adoption opportunity? Do you need a lawyer? The questions pile up quick, and that pile can become so large it turns into an impassable mountain.

Don’t let yourself be overrun with confusion. It may seem like too much to handle, but in our 25 years of service, we have helped thousands complete a successful adoption. This guide to adoption in Columbia, Mo., will give you the information you need to confidently take your next step.

Columbia Adoption Agencies

An adoption agency guides you through the complicated steps of the adoption process, ensuring that everything is done according to laws and regulations so that you can successfully complete the adoption. Beyond logistical support, adoption agencies also provide counseling and guidance on this emotional roller coaster. Working with the right agency is vital to your adoption in Columbia.

With more than 25 years of service as a full-service, fully licensed national adoption agency, American Adoptions can be the best Columbia adoption agency for you. Our services are aplenty, but a few notable ones are:

  • Providing pregnant women with counseling and access to educational resources to help them during their pregnancies

  • Helping families make sure they’re completely ready to pursue adoption

  • Assisting prospective birth parents in finding the perfect adoptive parents, and helping adoptive parents to advertise themselves and connect with potential adoption opportunities

  • Providing financial assistance and support to prospective birth parents throughout the adoption process

  • Providing home study services

  • Providing post-placement services for both birth parents and adoptive families

Because of our national scope, American Adoptions is able to provide these services and more, along with other benefits not commonly found at other adoption agencies in Columbia — things like financial protection for adoption disruptions, shorter adoption wait times, and 24/7 support and counseling for pregnant mothers considering adoption.

But you don’t have to sacrifice the convenience and Midwestern hospitality you might expect from a smaller, local agency either — American Adoptions is fully licensed in Missouri, and our national offices are located just a short drive away in the suburbs of Kansas City. That means we’re able to guide you through every step of your Columbia adoption process, including the Missouri home study.

For more information about how American Adoptions can help you pursue a Columbia adoption, call 1-800-ADOPTION.

Columbia Adoption Attorneys

As you advance in the adoption process, you’ll need an attorney to help you navigate the legal aspects. A few adoption attorneys in the Columbia area are:

If you work with American Adoptions throughout the process, your legal counsel will be coordinated for you by your adoption specialist — so you won’t need to worry about contacting a Columbia adoption attorney independently. We work with the best adoption lawyers in Columbia and across the country, so no matter where your adoption takes place, you’ll have access to our trusted legal network — and can rest assured that your adoption is being completed to the highest legal standards.

Columbia Home Study Providers

Since American Adoptions is a full-service adoption agency, we’re licensed to provide home studies in the state of Missouri. This service makes your adoption preparation as seamless as possible, as you won’t need to contact a separate home study provider for this crucial step.

We are also able to provide Missouri home study services for families who are adopting independently or working with another agency for placement. You can request more information about the Missouri adoption home study here. If you’d like to explore additional home study agencies in Missouri, check 1-800-homestudy for providers in your area.

Columbia Foster Care Professionals

American Adoptions is able to provide all of the services prospective birth parents and adoptive families need for a private domestic adoption, but there is more than one way to build a family. If you’re interested in foster parenting or adopting an older child through foster care, here are a few Columbia resources that might be able to help:

Columbia International Adoption Agencies

A third adoption option for families is international adoption. While it is not as common or straightforward as it once was, this type of adoption can still be possible when you work with a trusted international agency.

If you’re a Columbia couple who would prefer to adopt from overseas, there are a few agencies in your area that may be able to help. Keep in mind that different agencies work with different countries, so choosing where you’d like to adopt from before choosing an agency may be helpful.

Columbia Hospitals

One of the most emotional days for prospective birth mothers and adoptive families is the day when they get to meet their child in the hospital. The hospital will be chosen by the prospective birth mother when she creates her adoption plan. If you’re pursuing adoption in Columbia, you can expect this event to take place at one of the following locations:

Columbia Court System

If you’re completing an adoption in Columbia, your finalization hearing will take place in the 13th Judicial Circuit of Missouri, which serves Boone and Callaway Counties. This is the day you’ve been waiting for when your child legally becomes yours, so remember to bring a camera!

Columbia Tourist Attractions

Columbia, Missouri, is a college town whose main attraction is the state’s flagship university, the University of Missouri. However, this doesn’t mean you have to be a college kid to have fun. If you’ve got some time to kill in Columbia while you wait for adoption proceedings, don’t miss the following attractions:

To learn more about placing a baby for adoption or adopting in Columbia, you can request your free, no-obligation information at any time. 

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