The laws governing the Adoption process can be complex. Before beginning the adoption process, prospective adoptive parents need to consider the different types of adoptions. You will likely have many questions. Many prospective adoptive parents wonder about the adoption laws in Missouri, as well as adoption costs and subsidies.Working with an experienced adoption attorney will help ensure that your adoption proceeds smoothly.
The legal process involved for an adoption depends on the child you are adopting and how you were matched with the child. In private adoptions, a couple often finds a child through word of mouth. In agency adoption, an adoption agency will match a birth mother with prospective adoptive parents. In foster parents adoptions, the child is placed with the family through foster care. In Missouri, the adoption Petition is not filed until after the child is born. There will be a temporary custody period where the adoptive parents have custody of the child under supervision of the court. The adoption will be finalized at the end of the temporary custody period. Typically, in step parent adoptions, the temporary custody period is waived if the child has been living with the step parent for over 6 months. The temporary custody period may also be waived in foster parents adoptions.
Overall adoption laws can be complex and confusing. It is important to work with a specialized family law attorney who can help guide you through one of the most rewarding experiences most of us have – becoming a parent. Please call our office to set up a consultation and learn more about Missouri adoptions.