How to Find Adoptive Parents in Missouri
Your Guide to Choosing the Perfect Adoptive Family
You can find an amazing family for your baby when you choose adoption in Missouri.
You get to choose the perfect adoptive family to raise your baby.
Your adoption specialist will help you determine what you’re looking for in an adoptive family and will provide you with adoptive family profiles that you get to choose from or you can browse on your own.
You get to decide how much and what kind of contact you would like to have with your child and their adoptive family after placement.
You can change your mind about the adoptive family any time before the adoption is finalized.
As a woman considering adoption, one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life is choosing adoptive parents for your baby. If you’re choosing adoption for your child, you’re doing it because you want the best for him or her — so how do you make sure the parents that adopt your baby will provide that? That’s where American Adoptions comes in.
If you have questions about how to find adoptive parents in Missouri, or if you are ready to begin searching for your child’s adoptive family now, you can reach an adoption specialist any time at 1-800-ADOPTION or browse adoption profiles here.
If you’re a hopeful adoptive parent wondering what it takes to adopt a baby in Missouri, you can get more information about how to adopt a baby in Missouri here.
In the meantime, here’s what you can expect when looking for adoptive parents in Missouri with American Adoptions.
1.How Do I Find a Family for Adoption in Missouri?
When you choose adoption for your baby, being able to choose the adoptive family for your baby will ensure that your baby’s life will be f ull of the love and support they deserve.There are so many people who want to adopt a baby, in Missouri and throughout the entire U.S., and American Adoption is happy to help you find the perfect one for your baby.
Fortunately, you don’t have to search through all the families who want to adopt on your own. Your adoption specialist at American Adoptions will be with you through every step of looking for parents to adopt your baby. Together, you will take the following steps to find an adoptive family in Missouri:
Step 1: Know what you’re looking for in adoptive families. This may be easier said than done. Some women know exactly what type of family they want for their baby when they start the adoption process, while others aren’t sure what kind of family they want their baby to grow up in. That’s okay — your adoption specialist will help you work through questions about where you want your child to grow up, whether you want them to have siblings, what types of values you want them to be raised with and more. These questions will help your adoption specialist find couples wanting to adopt in Missouri and around the country who meet your preferences.
Step 2: Look at profiles of potential adoptive parents in MO. Of course, you can also look at profiles of families waiting to adopt in any state — the perfect adoptive family for your baby could live anywhere! Based on the characteristics you want in an adoptive family, your adoption specialist will send you profiles (either in print or online) for you to look through. “I wanted to keep my options open, so I asked her (adoption specialist) to email me some more (family profiles),” Angelica, an American Adoptions birth mom said. “Eventually, she had sent me every single one of the waiting couples on the whole list.”
Step 3: Get to know the adoptive family. When a family’s profile stands out to you, let your adoption specialist know. She can schedule a phone call so you can get to know the adoptive parents even better and determine whether they’re truly the right family for your baby. If you decide you want to move forward with them after that initial call, you can continue to develop a relationship with them during your pregnancy through phone calls, emails, text messages, and potentially even visits with them in Missouri — whatever forms of contact you’re most comfortable with.
2.How do I Know if an Adoptive Family in Missouri is Safe for my Baby?
When you are looking for someone to adopt your baby, you want to know that they are good people who will genuinely love your child and provide him or her with a safe, stable home. We want that, too — which is why families looking to adopt a baby in Missouri (and in every state) have to go through a thorough screening process before they can work with our agency.
American Adoptions pre-screens all Missouri adoptive families to make sure they meet three important criteria:
They have been approved by a home study. All adoptive parents have completed the adoption home study. This ensures that their home, criminal records and finances indicate that they can provide a safe, stable home for children. It also gives a social worker an opportunity to discuss adoption with each family member and verify that each member of the household is excited about adoption and pursuing it for the right reasons.
They are committed to adoption. This means that an adoption specialist has discussed the adoption decision with them and made sure that they’ve fully moved on from infertility, if that’s the reason they’re choosing to adopt. All couples looking to adopt in Missouri with American Adoptions are committed to and enthusiastic about growing through adoption.
They agree to open adoption. All adoptive families are accepting of contact with you. We believe that open adoptions benefit all involved, and we require that our waiting families in Missouri (and throughout the U.S.) be willing to interact with you, exchange contact information, send ongoing picture and letter updates and be open to at least one in-person visit after the adoption. Of course, you can have more or less contact than this, if you like. We encourage you to build a relationship with them if you feel comfortable doing so. Choosing open adoption is ultimately your decision and based on your comfort level.
There’s one more way that American Adoptions ensures we only work with great adoptive families, which is our personal adoption experience. Our staff is made up of adoptees, birth parents and adoptive families. We know what it takes to provide an amazing life for a child. That’s why you can be confident when we show you a family profile.
When you are introduced to an adoptive family, it’s because they have met all of these qualifications, and we feel that they are capable of and excited about providing your child with an amazing life. These screening measures help many prospective birth mothers feel a sense of confidence and peace about their decision.
3.What Can I Choose About My Baby’s Prospective Adoptive Family in Missouri?
Quite frankly, you get to choose everything about your baby’s prospective adoptive parents when you work with American Adoption. When picturing the perfect family for your baby, you’ll want to consider:
Location. Do you see your child growing up with Missouri adoptive parents? If you are partial to a certain city, such as St. Louis or Kansas City, that’s an option. As a national agency, though, we work with adoptive families from across the country, so Missouri adoptive families aren’t your only choices. Do you see your child growing up in an urban area? A rural one? Near the beach? On a farm in the Midwest? Whatever you imagine for your child can become his or her reality.
Siblings. Do you want the couple that adopts your child to have other children? Do you want those siblings to have come to their family through adoption as well?
Physical Resemblance. Obviously, your child is not going to be biologically related to his or her adoptive parents. But do you want them to have the same racial background or share other physical characteristics?
Values. What values do you want your child’s adoptive parents to instill as he or she grows up? Is it important to you that he or she gets a certain religious upbringing? Do the adoptive parents share the same values that you do?
Many birth parents describe just having that “feeling” when they find the adoptive family they feel is a perfect fit to raise their baby. “After I met [the adoptive family], I knew this was what needed to happen,” said Janelle, a birth mom who worked with American Adoptions.
It seems like a lot to consider, but we promise, the perfect adoptive family is out there for you.
4.Where Can I find Adoptive Families in Missouri?
We work hard to put you in the best position to find an adoptive family that is perfect for your child.
Knowing what you want in an adoptive family is one thing, but how do you find a family for your baby? Your American Adoptions specialist will help you to determine what your perfect adoptive family looks like, and then she’ll show you two different kinds of adoption profiles for the families that meet your specifications:
Print Adoption Profiles: These will give you the chance to sit down and thumb through information about several adoptive families. You’ll learn about their interests and hobbies, their families, why they’re pursuing adoption and what kind of life they might be able to provide for your baby.
Video Adoption Profiles: A video profile will give you a more in-depth look into an adoptive family’s life. Not only will you learn about their home environment and desire to pursue adoption, but you’ll get to see how they interact with each other and learn a little more about their personalities. This will help you decide if you’re interested in meeting them or not. This is not something all adoption agencies do, and American Adoptions is proud of the resources we dedicate to ensure you have the best chance of finding the right family for your baby.
Your adoption specialist will send you as many adoptive family profiles as you’d like. These will be profiles of prospective adoptive parents in Missouri and across the country who match your preferences and desires for your baby and your adoption plan. Your adoption specialist will answer any questions you have along the way, but will never try to sway you one way or another.
Angelica, a birth mother who worked with American Adoptions said, “They want whatever you want, and that’s what they told me during the whole process. It wasn’t up to them; they were just going to be there for me no matter what decision I made.”
You can also start searching for families waiting to adopt in Missouri and other nearby states by browsing our adoption profiles online. You can even use the drop-down menus to narrow down waiting families for adoption by factors like their family type, ethnicity, religion, state of residence and more.
5.Can I Change my Mind about an Adoptive Family I’ve Chosen?
You can change your mind about any aspect of your adoption right up until the adoption is officially completed. State laws vary in regards to how many days after giving birth that you are allowed to officially finalize the adoption. You always have the power to choose what think is best for you and your baby, whether that means changing your mind about an adoptive family in Missouri or adoption all together. While you have the freedom to change your mind, it’s important to consider all of your options carefully before you make any definite decisions.
Looking for adoptive parents in Missouri for your baby can seem intimidating, but it will all be worth it when you find the perfect couple. Get connected with an adoption specialist about what you’re looking for in a family for your baby by calling 1-800-ADOPTION or get more free adoption information at any time.
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