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Open vs. Closed Adoption

Open vs. Closed Adoption While we often promote open adoptions, we feel strongly about CHOICES. Birth parents and adoptive parents have the right to decide if you want an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption. The majority of our adoptions are open, but we also fully support families and birth parents who wish to have semi-open or closed adoptions. Open Adoption An open adoption is when a prospective birth mother voluntarily places her baby for adoption with an adoptive family and the parties agree to continue communication after placement. Kansas and Missouri open adoptions vary in their terms of agreement. The post-placement agreement will be outlined before placement to ensure that all parties are on the same page. The post-placement agreement may include frequency of contact and types of contact. Frequency…

Top 10 Tips for Adoptive Families from Adoptees

We have compiled top tips from adoptees for adoptive families in navigating adoption: 1. TREAT ALL CHILDREN IN THE HOUSEHOLD EQUALLY Younger child may feel an older child gets more freedom (explain rationale behind decisions) Different treatment for different personalities (equally, not the same) Gender differences The eldest feeling pressured to always having to set the example Adopted parents birth children treated better than adopted children 2. ALWAYS LISTEN TO US AND OUR VIEWS We may not always be sure when and if we can speak about adoption Give us more opportunities to voice our opinions/concerns/worries Try to see it from the child’s perspective 3. PREPARE US AND FIND WAYS TO TELL US THAT WE ARE ADOPTED Make sure that the child and parent are on the same page Tell…

5 Tips for Birth Parents in an Open Adoption Relationship

Like any relationship in your life, open adoption is built on trust and respect. You trust that the people you chose to raise your child will love and nurture him or her, and your child's parents will trust in you to love your child and be there when he or she may need you to be. Here are five tips to keep your open adoption relationship healthy for everybody involved: Acknowledge everyone's boundaries. Call the child by the name that the adoptive parents have given him or her, not the one you may have wanted, and call yourself by your first name, or the "title" you discussed with the adoptive parents. This way, it'll be clear for your child who plays what role in their life. If need be, be open and honest with the adoptive family…

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year from Adoption Choices of Kansas & Missouri! To our waiting families, it is our HOPEthat your baby will find his/her way home to you in 2019. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."  To our expectant mothers and families, it is our goal to have you have PEACEof mind in whatever you think is best for you and your child. “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

What is a Birth Father?

A Birth Father is the biological father of a child who has been or will be adopted; understanding your rights and how they apply to the adoption process is just as important for you, as it is for the birth mother of the child. Birth Fathers: Are the biological fathers of their child or children. Do not have custody of their children. Do not pay child support. May be married to the mother of the child, married to another, divorced, or unmarried. May or may not have surrendered their parental rights. May or may not live in the same area as their child’s adoptive family. If you are finding out ‘after the fact’ that your child has been placed with an adoptive family, unfortunately, this is not uncommon. Many birth…

Missouri Adoption Laws

      Adoption laws vary from state to state. We have compiled Missouri Adoption Laws here! Adoption Laws Notice: The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed and qualified professional. While the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors. Access to Adoption Records To better understand this issue and to view it across States, download the PDF (541 KB) of this publication. Current Through June 2015 Who May Access Information Citation: Ann. Stat. § 453.121Nonidentifying information is available to: The adoptive parents The child's legal guardians The adult…

Should I Keep My Baby While Divorcing? 

Often, when a woman is faced with a divorce while pregnant, she was unaware of her pregnancy when the divorce process began. If she discovers that she is pregnant during the middle of her divorce proceedings, it can add another emotional complication to the already stressful process. There are many questions she may have at this point: Should I keep my baby and try to save our marriage? Should I even tell the father about the baby? Do I want to forever have a connection to this man by having and raising a baby together; even if our divorce continues? What if my husband is not the father of the baby? While you are the only one who can make this decision, we encourage you to think about one important…

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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.