If you are considering adoption as prospective adoptive parents or an expectant mother in Columbia, you likely have questions about local adoption laws and processes. Whether you are from Columbia or hoping to pursue adoption in Columbia, the following information provides an overview of the information you need to start the adoption process.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals near Columbia
The adoption professional you choose to work with will provide pre- and post-adoption services and help guide you through the adoption process. If you are interested in working with an adoption professional near Columbia, the following local professionals can help you get started:
Become a Foster Parent in Columbia
Foster parent qualifications are determined by the state. To become a foster parent in Missouri, you must fulfill the following requirements:
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Be in good health
- Have a steady source of income
- Complete foster parent training and licensing
- Pass a background check
If you need more information or if you are ready to begin the foster care or foster-to-adopt process in Columbia, contact one of the following local agencies:
Home Study Providers
All prospective adoptive parents must complete a pre-placement and post-placement assessment to be approved to foster or adopt a child. These assessments determine whether the adoptive parents are able to provide a safe, nurturing home to a child. If you are interested in adopting a child, the following Missouri professionals can help you with this crucial step of the process:
- All Blessings International
At the ABI Missouri office, you can contact a social worker who will guide you through your domestic or international home study process.
- American Adoptions
A fully licensed, national adoption agency, American Adoptions provides home study services to families in six states, including Kansas and Missouri.
- Love Basket Adoptions
Contact Love Basket Adoptions at their Missouri office to get started on your domestic or international home study.
Hospitals near Columbia
If you are pursuing adoption as an expectant mother, you will need to consider your hospital plan as your due date approaches. You can work with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to determine the type of labor and delivery experience you want to have.
When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, here are some Columbia hospitals that may be able to assist you:
- Boone Hospital Center
1600 East Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201
- University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital
404 Keene Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Missouri Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Every state has laws regulating the adoption process, from who can adopt to how a birth mother must terminate her parental rights. The following section provides information on basic laws and guidelines for adopting a baby in Missouri.
In Missouri, birth parents must file a petition for voluntary termination of parental rights. Missouri consent laws state that a mother cannot consent to an adoption until the baby is 48 hours old.
The father’s rights must also be properly terminated. If he cannot be contacted to give consent to the adoption, speak to your adoption professional about your options.
Families hoping to adopt in Columbia must meet Missouri’s eligibility standards. While each state’s laws are slightly different, Missouri allows any individual or married couple to adopt. Additionally, you will have to meet the requirements of your adoption professional.
More information about adoption laws and regulations for families can be found on our Missouri adoption information page.
County Court Information
After completing all the required post-placement assessments, adoptive families must appear in court to finalize their adoption. If you are waiting to finalize your adoption, your adoption professional will guide you through the process and let you know when your hearing will take place. Learn more about your local court proceedings at the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Things to Do in Columbia
If you are adopting in Missouri but you live in another state, you will need to travel to Missouri when the mother gives birth and remain in the state for 7-10 business days. Whether you find yourself in the Columbia for visits with prospective birth parents or you’re waiting for interstate clearance, here are a few fun things for adoptive families to do in the area: