Adoption in Lee's Summit, MO
Lee’s Summit Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More
So many people have chosen to make Lee’s Summit home because of its great schools, homely neighborhoods and a thriving local business community. This thriving community tucked into the southeast corner of Kansas City, is a wonderful place to consider adoption.
Adoption in Lee’s Summit can be a life-changing process. And if you are interested in Lee’s Summit adoption, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve created this guide for hopeful parents considering adoption as a way to grow their family and for prospective birth mothers experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
Whichever situation you find yourself in, we want you to have the information and resources at your disposal to make this process possible. Equipped with the necessary knowledge, you can confidently begin your Lee’s Summit adoption.
To start, we need to talk about the most important part of your process: the adoption agency you choose.
American Adoptions: Lee’s Summit’s Adoption Agency
Take a 20-minute drive west to Overland Park and you’ll find American Adoptions — a fully licensed, full-service national adoption agency that just happens to be headquartered a short drive from your home. Our office is located at 7500 W 110th Street, Overland Park, KS.
American Adoptions has helped create thousands of families over 25 years of service, and we would be honored to be your agency.
What makes your choice of agency so important? The professional you choose to work with has an outsized role in the way your Lee’s Summit adoption plays out, including whether or not it is ultimately successful.
This process is complex. There are many administrative requirements, state laws and federal regulations involved. Everything must be done correctly; otherwise, the placement could be in jeopardy. We’re an experienced agency with a large team of adoption specialists, so you can put your adoption in Lee’s Summit in our hands. We won’t let you down.
With our agency, you’ll receive personalized case management that involves things like:
24/7 support and counseling for prospective birth mothers. Our adoption counselors will help birth mothers navigate the complicated emotions that may accompany the unplanned pregnancy and the adoption process.
Specialized media services for adoptive family profiles. Our adoptive family profiles include personal videos, so hopeful parents can put their best foot forward and prospective birth parents can get a real sense of who a family is before choosing them.
Adoption financial assistance for prospective birth mothers. Adoption is always free to the birth parent. You’re likely going through a lot at this time in your life and we want to alleviate as much stress as we can by covering living costs and pregnancy expenses throughout your pregnancy.
American Adoptions is a dedicated adoption agency that draws on its personal experience with adoption to make sure the needs of the prospective adoptive parents and the expectant birth parents are being met. Many of our staff members are birth mothers, adoptive parents, or adoptees with a unique perspective on the adoption process. When you work with us you’ll not only have access to many helpful resources, you’ll have access to professionals who are committed to give you the best Lee’s Summit adoption experience possible.
Interested in beginning your adoption in Lee’s Summit with our agency? Contact us online today to get started.
Foster Care Adoption in Lee’s Summit
Considering adoption as a hopeful parent? There are several different ways for you to adopt. American Adoptions and the other professionals above provide services for domestic infant adoption. This is the adoption of newborn babies from the U.S.
However, there’s another possible route for you: foster care adoption in Lee’s Summit.
Could you see yourself adopting an older child, a sibling set or a child with special needs? This could be the right path for you. There are many children waiting for a family in Missouri’s foster care system. You could provide the love and safety they need.
If you are interested in foster care adoption in Lee’s Summit, contact one of these professionals to learn more:
International Adoption in Lee’s Summit
Due to the complicated requirements of this type of adoption in Lee’s Summit — things like international travel, the immigration process, re-adoption — you’ll need to find an experienced, Hague-approved international agency. Luckily, there are several of those in Missouri and Kansas:
Lee’s Summit Adoption Attorneys
Each type of adoption requires the assistance of an attorney. Working in tandem with your agency, your attorney will make sure your adoption is following all pertinent laws at each step of the process.
Missouri has its own adoption laws, so you will want to find an attorney that is an expert in your state. If you work with American Adoptions, your specialist will refer you to a legal professional from our trusted national network. No need to spend time and energy searching on your own.
Through American Adoption’s financial assistance, expectant birth mothers have their attorney fees covered, so that you can have one less thing to worry about.
However, if you would like to look for your own attorney, there are several that could provide representation for your adoption in Lee’s Summit:
Home Study Providers for Adoption in Lee’s Summit
The home study is an important step for every hopeful parent. It’s required for each type of adoption and is completed with the help of a licensed home study provider.
Working with American Adoptions? You won’t need to go looking for a home study provider. We are licensed to provide all the required services for this important step in your adoption process. Many agencies are unable to provide these services, which is one major benefit of choosing us as your full-service agency.
If you are working with a different agency for placement, American Adoptions can still be the home study provider for your Lee’s Summit adoption. Contact us today to learn more.
Hospitals for Maternity Care in Lee’s Summit
When you’re a prospective birth mother, you have a lot of choices to make. Thankfully, the modern adoption process puts a lot of authority in your hands. Working with a specialist, you will create an adoption plan outlining how you would like your process to go.
The hospital plan is an important piece of your overall adoption plan. Your medical costs will all be covered by adoption financial assistance, so you can focus on choosing a hospital that makes you feel safe, comfortable and confident.
You have several nearby options for your adoption in Lee’s Summit:
Lee’s Summit Adoption Courts
The last step of your Lee’s Summit adoption is called finalization. This step is only for the adoptive family, not the prospective birth mother.
Finalization usually takes place six months after placement. In between, there will be a series of post-placement visits. A social worker will stop by your house to observe how everyone is adjusting and create a report. At your finalization hearing, a judge will review this report and other legal documents. Then, the judge will issue your final decree of adoption.
Your Lee’s Summit adoption finalization will most likely take place at a Jackson County Courthouse. If you’re an expectant birth mother, you are not required to attend the adoption finalization proceedings.
Things to Do in Lee’s Summit
Are you traveling from out of town to adopt a child in Lee’s Summit? Between pre-placement contact and the post-placement wait for ICPC clearance, you should plan on spending several weeks here. Thankfully, there’s plenty to do during that time in Lee’s Summit and the greater Kansas City metro area:
Ready to begin your Lee’s Summit adoption with our agency? Let’s talk. Call us today at 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a specialist, or get more free information online, for prospective birth parents and for hopeful adoptive parents.
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