We are here to help
Thank you for choosing to provide a forever home and family to a child in foster care. This is a life-long commitment, and support is available every step of the way. If you have any questions or need help please reach out to your local office.
Adoption Resource Centers
Adoption Resource Centers provide support, education, advocacy, training, and respite to adoptive and foster families. To learn more about the specific services available, contact an Adoption Resource Center below:
- FosterAdopt Connect in Southern Missouri
- Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association
- FosterAdopt Connect in Western Missouri
- Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in St. Louis
- FosterAdopt Connect in Northwest Missouri
Community Support Groups
Community Support Groups are available to foster & adoptive parents to offer additional support services and guidance. For more information, reach out to a Community Support Group near you.
Adoption subsidy or subsidized guardianship is a collaborative agreement between the Children’s Division and the adoptive/guardianship family to help meet the needs of a child. Financial, medical, and support services may be available until the child is 18. Families receiving adoption subsidy may be able to extend services yearly until the child is 21 when there is a specific medical, mental health, or dental need.
This financial support is available to help meet the needs of a child who was in the custody of the Children's Division, Division of Youth Services, Department of Mental Health, or a licensed child placing agency. Children who have been adopted internationally or who have been adopted by a step-parent are not eligible for adoption subsidy.
Help for Children with Special Needs
We can help with the cost of services for children with special needs through the Missouri Adoption Subsidy Program. To receive help, you must have an agreement with the Children’s Division. Services include:
- Integrative services for the child both before and after adoption