Adoption Services

A range of services is offered for children and parents involved in the adoption process. These include the evaluation of the child’s needs prior to placement, and arrangements for care of the child prior to the child’s adoptive placement and to the approval of the adoptive family. Also, special activities are provided to help adoptive parents and children adjust to the new family situation. Payment is provided for legal services associated with the freeing of a child for adoption. For special needs children, costs are underwritten by the state through the Missouri adoption subsidy program (MASP), for legal, medical, dental, psychiatric, psychological, and/or integrative serves for the child both before and following adoption. For an adoptive family to receive an adoption subsidy, an agreement must be negotiated between that family and CD.

To see photo listings of children waiting for forever homes visit the AdoptUSKids website or call 1-800-554-2222 for more information on how to become an adoptive parent.

Who Is Eligible?

Children in the custody of CD who are legally free for adoption. Any family (parent at least 21 years of age) or single person (21 and over) in Missouri may be considered as a prospective adoptive family.

Foster Care Information

There are many reasons why people consider becoming a foster parent – wanting to give back to the community, the desire to help children, biological children are grown and miss the day to day parenting, etc. Whatever your reason may be, there is some basic information you should have to help you make your final decision. The Foster Care Information page provides information regarding foster parenting and the foster care program.