Adoption in Independence, MO
Independence Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More
Although overall adoption experiences will be similar for most, the specific experience of each birth parent, adoptive parent and adoptee will be unique. Similarly, the Missouri adoption process will look the same for most people, but for those who live here, an adoption in Independence, Missouri, will be specific to this location.
That’s why we created this local resource guide. This will help you find everything you need to complete the Independence adoption process — whether you’re pregnant and thinking about adoption, or you’re hoping to adopt a child in Independence.
Independence Adoption Agencies
The importance of choosing the right agency can’t be stressed enough; this will determine most of your experience.
As one of the foremost national, full-service agencies in the country, American Adoptions is a top choice for pregnant women and hopeful parents, and we’re honored by that status. We’re able to lead you through every step of the Independence adoption process, from counseling to post-adoption communication support, home studies, helping women access financial assistance and more.
Although we have a national reach, our headquarters are located just half-an-hour away at 7500 W. 110th St. in Overland Park, Kan. You’re always welcome to make an appointment to speak with our adoption specialists in person. Or, you can contact us anytime if you have any questions about the Independence adoption process or if you’re ready to begin.
Just let us know how we can help, and we’ll be there for you.
Independence Adoption Attorneys
All prospective birth and adoptive parents will need an experienced attorney to help them through the legal steps of adoption in Independence, Missouri. Your lawyers will make sure everyone involved is fully informed and consents to everything that’s happening, to ensure the process is completely safely, legally and ethically.
Prospective birth and adoptive parents are represented by separate attorneys to make sure that everyone is fairly advocated for and that everyone’s rights are being protected. American Adoptions can always put you in touch with attorneys we frequently use, if you need a referral.
You are, of course, more than welcome to work with your own preferred professional. Some Independence-area adoption attorneys who may be able to help include:
Independence Home Study Providers
The home study process must be completed through a Missouri-licensed provider before any Independence adoptive family can be cleared to adopt a child. Home studies are important tools that assess a family’s readiness for this unique journey and ensure that they’re able to provide their future child with a safe, stable and loving home.
American Adoptions is licensed to complete home studies in Missouri, so we can help any Independence-area families with this part of their adoption process, even if they’re using an outside agency for placement services.
Independence Foster Care Professionals
American Adoptions only assists with private domestic adoptions, but we’re always happy to connect you to the appropriate local resources if you’re interested in fostering or adopting a child from foster care. Contact one of these organizations if you want more information on foster care adoptions in Independence, MO:
Independence International Adoption Agencies
International adoptions have been decreasing over the years due to the complexity of the process and longer wait times, but it is still an option if you work with a reputable and experienced agency. Although there isn’t a local international adoption agency in Independence, there is one in St. Louis that you can contact for more information:
If you’re pregnant and reach out to us about making an adoption plan, you’ll create a hospital and birth plan with the help of your adoption specialist. That plan helps you outline things you are and aren’t comfortable with during your labor and delivery, especially regarding the adoption, so hospital staff can abide by your wishes. Remember that all your medical care will be covered for you when you’re considering Independence adoption.
There are a couple hospitals in Independence that may be helpful for your healthcare and delivery needs, including:
Independence Court System
After a child is born in Independence and has been placed with his or her adoptive parents, the adoption will be legally finalized several months later in Jackson County court. This is a simple and short hearing. A judge grants a final decree of adoption, and any loved ones in attendance are welcome to take a photo together.
If a child is being placed for adoption in Independence, it’s likely that the birth and adoptive families will spend some time together there. You may get to know one another in Independence when you’re first “matched,” you’ll be there for the birth and placement, and then you’ll probably spend time together there for open adoption visits through the years.
It can be helpful to have a few ideas to keep yourselves entertained in the area, like:
Need more information about the process of adoption in Independence, Missouri? Contact us now. Our specialists are here to answer any questions you have and can help you start your journey whenever you’re ready to begin.
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