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Monthly Archives: January 2020

Adopting a Newborn in the U.S.

Your guide to domestic adoption with Adoption Choices of Missouri with Facts: The annual number of infants adopted domestically (excluding foster and relative adoption) is estimated to be around 18,000 which is far greater than the annual number of international adoptions. The adoption process of a newborn in the United States is much faster than you probably think. A 2016/2017 study found that when using an adoption agency, 62% of families were matched within 1 year and 82% were matched within 2 years. In the majority of U.S. newborn adoptions, adoptive parents are selected by the birth parents of the child, and in at least half of the cases, the birth parents and adoptive parents meet. Adoptive families usually appreciate the opportunity to build a relationship with their child’s birth family. Ongoing contact, or open…

Women who Place their Children for Adoption – Who are they?

There is a stereotype about women who place children for adoption. It is that they are young, unwed, possibly drug-addicted women. While there are women who place their children for adoption that fit this description, the stereotype doesn’t hold true for many of the women who place their children for adoption. Who are these women? The answer is that they are women from all backgrounds and life experiences. Here are five quick examples: They don’t want another child Many women who place children for adoption already have children. That’s right. They are already raising children in loving, stable households. They simply do not want to raise another child. For example, a mother of three children may not feel financially stable enough to raise an additional child. Many of these women…

Daddy and Dad, Mommy and Mom: LGBTQ Adoption

Some people say that children need both a mother and a father to raise them, but there are many others who believe that gender does not matter when parenting. Of the 594,000 same-sex couple households in the United States, 115,000 have children. Over the years, the number of children living with LGBT parents has risen tremendously. As the trend continues, that number will only increase, as same sex adoption and parenting becomes more and more widely accepted. Some people still think being gay means you can’t be a parent. How untrue this is, is maddening. Parent-child relationships are typically just as strong in same-sex couples as in heterosexual ones. Research suggests that gay fathers show greater levels of interaction with their child than other types of parents. Same-sex families are…

How to Create an Adoption Plan (Steps)

  Thinking about adoption? One thing to think about is your adoption plan. Creating an adoption plan is important because it has huge ramifications for your child’s welfare. You might be asking what is an adoption plan? The honest answer is that there is no such thing as a catch all adoption plan. Every adoption plan is unique and based on individual circumstances. However, adoption plans have common threads that are worth analyzing. This article will help you conceptualize some of the steps you should take when creating an adoption plan. Step 1 – Research Once you have decided to place your child for adoption, the first thing you need to do is research. You need to research what an adoption entrails, the different types of adoptions available, and the…

Insurance Eligibility for Adopted Child

Adoptive parents can be reassured that under federal and state law, their health insurance plan must treat an adoptive child the same as a “natural” or biological child and must provide coverage at the time the adoptive child is legally placed in their custody prior to finalization of the adoption. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (OBRA'93), Public Law 103-66, amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The amended law requires that any group health plan which provides coverage for dependent children must provide benefits to a child placed for adoption under the same terms and conditions as apply to a child who is the biological child of a plan participant. OBRA'93 specifically eliminated any requirement that the adoption be finalized in court before there is coverage.…

Why use an Adoption Agency?

Are you thinking about adoption? If so, you may be thinking about how to plan your adoption. One big part of that plan is whether you should use an adoption agency. The short answer is yes. But let’s dig deeper into that answer.   Why Choose an Adoption Agency There are many reasons why you should use an adoption agency when planning an adoption. The first is that adoption is complicated. There are legal hurdles associated with adoption that may be hard to navigate on your own. For example, if you are planning an interstate adoption, you need to comply with the requirements of the Interstate Child Placement Compact. Even if you are planning an intrastate adoption, you would still need to complete legal paperwork. You would most likely need…

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Everyone is talking about the constitution lately. Specifically, a provision of the constitution that begins with the letter I. But I don’t want to talk about impeachment. There is actually another provision of the constitution with huge ramifications for the adoption process. It is the interstate compact provision of the constitution. The interstate compact provision of the constitution states that states may form certain agreements with each other, provided that they have consent of Congress to do so. The Supreme Court has interpreted this provision to require congressional approval if the compact would expand the power of the states at the expense of the federal government. States have formed compacts for a variety of reasons. One example is compacts to handle environmental issues…

Penalty Free Withdrawal for Adoption with the new SECURE Act

After months of uncertainty, Congress passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, clearing the way for one of the most significant pieces of retirement plan and education account legislation in more than a decade. On December 20, President Trump signed the SECURE Act into law. The SECURE Act makes numerous changes to both Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that will expand retirement plan coverage for workers and increase savings opportunities. A welcome addition to the bill and beneficial for adoptive families, a new exception to the 10% early distribution penalty: Exception would allow a penalty free distribution up to $5,000 from an IRA or employer plan referred to as “Qualified Birth or Adoption Distribution.” To qualify, the account owner must…

Choosing an Adoptive Family

Are you an expectant mother seeking to place your child for adoption? Let Adoption Choices of Missouri help. There are a lot of choices to make when placing a child for adoption. The first is whether to have an open, semi-open, or closed adoption. After you decide the type of adoption to have, you will want to choose an adoptive family. Choosing the right family is very important, as it has numerous ramifications for your child’s upbringing. You might be asking yourself what are some criteria to consider when choosing an adoptive family. There are many things to consider, although nothing fully replaces your gut instinct of a good match. Here are a few things to consider: A good starting point when considering an adoptive family is the life your…

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If you are pregnant and looking to explore adoption options confidentially, please enter your name, number, or email. Let us know if you prefer us to call, text, or email you. It is 100% free, and we are available 24/7.