Becoming an Adoptive Parent
How do I become an adoptive parent?
Anyone can apply to become an adoptive parent in Missouri, as long as they are 21 years old and willing to go through the training and assessment process. That process includes background checks, health screenings, financial discussions and home assessments.
Many people think you have to be married or own your own home, but that is not the case. As long as your housing and income are stable and meet licensure standards, and there is room in your home and heart for more family members, you could potentially become an adoptive parent.
Families who are interested in opening their homes and offering a permanent, stable, nurturing environment for children should contact their local Children's Division office for more information.
To be an adoptive parent you must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Complete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check including fingerprints
- Be in good health, both physically and mentally
- Have a stable income
- Be willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment process
- Be part of a professional team willing to voice perspectives and concerns
- Be willing to partner with the child's family
For more detailed information about the process required to become an adoptive parent in Missouri, please visit the Heart Gallery of Missouri.
How much does it cost to become an adoptive parent?
There is little to no cost involved in becoming an adoptive parent. The home assessment and training is provided by the state free of charge, and the majority of adoption expenses are covered by the state.
The first step toward becoming an adoptive parent in Missouri is completing our Specialized Training, Assessment, Resources, Support and Skills (STARS) program.
- Internet Resources
- Foster/Adopt Newsletter
- Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents Workgroup
- Missouri Heart Gallery Portrait Video
- Foster Care Information
- Biological Parent Information
- Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA)
- Interstate Compact on Placement of Children (ICPC)
- Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board