Adoption in St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Adoption Agencies, Attorneys and More
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While the adoption process is consistent across the board, we treat each expectant birth parent and hopeful adoptive family that works with us with the specificity they deserve because we understand no situation is exactly the same.
People come to adoption from many different backgrounds. You may be a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or parents looking for the best way to start a family.
Adoption in St. Louis, or anywhere in the world, can be a confusing process. But, it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to help. This guide to St. Louis adoption will introduce you to all of the professionals and services you need for a successful adoption process. Adoption is a beautiful choice for expectant birth parents and hopeful adoptive parents alike.
“I wouldn’t change a thing because I know how happy she is and that she has the safe, loving home I wanted for her. We are both extremely blessed,” said Hannah, an American Adoptions birth mother.
Since every adoption is unique, you’ll still have questions at the end, and that’s okay. You can contact American Adoptions at any time to speak with an adoption specialist.
St. Louis Adoption Agencies
Your St. Louis adoption agency is your best friend during this long and complex process. For anyone considering adoption in St. Louis, American Adoptions can help. You deserve attentive and committed service as you embark on your adoption journey. Whether you’re an expectant parent or hopeful adoptive parent, you’re making a brave and selfless decision when choosing adoption. As a national, full-service adoption agency, American Adoptions helps many adoptive and birth families to pursue adoption in St. Louis. We are fully licensed in Missouri, which means our staff is equipped to handle the needs of your adoption process from A to Z.
American Adoptions provides services like:
24/7 guidance and counseling. Adoption can be overwhelming on top of the emotions that come with an unplanned pregnancy. Our adoption counselors are here to provide you with a safe space and healthy coping strategies.
A refined process to help you find the perfect adoptive family for your child. You will be able to choose the adoptive family. Your adoption specialist will provide you with adoptive family profiles to choose from that match your preferences.
Financial assistance with pregnancy-related expenses and living costs. Adoption is always free to you as the birth parent, and we will work with the adoptive family to cover any living or pregnancy costs that you may need help withHelp advertising your family and connecting with prospective birth mothers. We will help create an adoption profile for you that an expectant birth mother will be able to review to see if you match what she’s looking for in an adoptive family.
Open adoption education and support. If you’re unsure about what open adoption entails, our specialists can provide you with information regarding the numerous benefits of open adoption and how it works.
“I just can’t even put into words the gratitude we felt for her and knowing the amount of love she had to have for her child to be able to make that decision and know that she couldn’t provide the life that she wanted her child to have,” Krystal, an American Adoptions adoptive parent, said of her child’s birth mother.
Due to American Adoption’s collective personal adoption experience across our staff, we understand how overwhelming the adoption process can be for both expectant birth parents and hopeful adoptive parents. That’s why we believe in providing everyone with the resources and support they deserve. With a choice as wonderful as adoption, we want to make you feel comfortable and secure as you move through the process.
And, with our national offices located nearby in the suburbs of Kansas City, the professional adoption support and services you need are never too far away. Our national offices are conveniently located at:
7500 W. 110th St.
Overland Park, KS 66210
To learn how American Adoptions can help you complete your adoption in St. Louis, call an adoption specialist now at 1-800-ADOPTION, for free and with no obligation. We have served prospective birth mothers and hopeful adoptive parents for more than 25 years, and we would be honored to work with you during your adoption in St. Louis.
St. Louis Adoption Attorneys
At some point in the adoption journey, everyone needs an attorney to navigate the legal aspects of this process. When you work with American Adoptions, your specialist will connect you with a trustworthy adoption attorney in St. Louis. You can also look for attorneys on your own. A few adoption attorneys serving the St. Louis area are:
If you’re an expectant birth mother working with American Adoptions, you can rest assured that all of your attorney fees will be covered through our financial assistance program.
St. Louis Adoption Home Study Providers
As we mentioned earlier, American Adoptions is licensed to provide home studies in the state of Missouri. That means adoptive families who work with us don’t need to juggle multiple professionals for this important step of the process.
Home studies ensure that the prospective adoptive parents are ready to parent and that they baby will be raised in a safe environment. This can be comforting for the birth mother to know her baby is in good hands, and will make sure that the adoptive family is not blindsided.
American Adoptions can also provide home study services for Missouri families who are working with another agency for placement services. You can learn more about American Adoptions’ Missouri home study services here, or check out additional home study agencies in MO here.
Foster Care Adoption in St. Louis
There’s more than one way to adopt. Even though American Adoptions works only in private domestic adoptions, we know that foster care adoption is the right route for many. If you’re more interested in foster care, these are a few St. Louis adoption agencies you’ll want to check out:
International Adoption Agencies in St. Louis
Along with domestic infant adoption and foster care, a third family-growing option is international adoption. This process is not as common and straightforward as it once was, but it is still possible if you work with an experienced agency who can guide you through the process. American Adoptions is not able to provide international adoption services, but if you’re interested in pursuing international adoption in St. Louis, a few of your local agency options are:
St. Louis Hospitals for Delivery and Prenatal Care
A private domestic adoption in St. Louis will include a hospital stay, which will be an extremely emotional time for everyone involved. Which hospital you visit will be determined by the hospital plan the expectant mother creates with the help of her adoption specialist.
If you are considering placing a baby for adoption in St. Louis, know that this hospital plan will be entirely up to you. You will be able to make many important decisions about how you want your hospital experience to go, including choosing the hospital you’d feel most comfortable delivering at.
We understand that the hospital portion of the adoption can be overwhelming for the expectant birth parents. That’s why you have full control over creating the perfect hospital plan for you. While you will be able to call the shots with your hospital plan, your adoption specialist will take care of everything on your behalf so that you can focus on the big day.
Your adoption specialist will be there to guide you through the hospital planning process and help you choose a hospital, if you haven’t already. However, if you’d like to start researching some of your options, here are just a few of the hospitals you might choose when you’re placing a baby for adoption in St. Louis:
St. Louis Adoption Court System
The finalization hearing is an exciting time for adoptive parents; it’s the last step in the adoption process to making your child legally your own. If you are finalizing your adoption in St. Louis, you can expect this happy day to take place in one of the circuit courts in the city:
The adoptive parents must be present at the adoption finalization. The birth mother is never required to attend this hearing.
St. Louis Tourist Attractions
If you’re traveling from out of the area to pursue an adoption in St. Louis, you may want to prepare to enjoy the beautiful city while you wait. St. Louis has a wealth of tourist attractions, including:
Whatever services you need to complete your St. Louis adoption, American Adoptions can help. You can contact American Adoptions any time to get more information about our domestic infant adoption services as well as other local resources for prospective birth mothers and adoptive families pursuing adoption in St. Louis.
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