Monday, April 25, 2011

How to Adopt for Free

FYI, If you live in Missouri, you can adopt through The Missouri Baptist Children's Home.
A really sweet family in our church is doing this, and I am so excited to see the Lord working!
Please click here to learn more:

I think there are alot of misconceptions about going through the state. Almost all of my concerns about it turned out to be untrue, as I talked to the mom.

- You do not have to foster-to-adopt, you can choose to take your training a step further and just adopt.

- The state pays for everything-training, homestudy, and I think you even get a stipend for the child's clothes and food, and insurance if needed.

-You do not have to have contact with the birthparents

-It can be pretty quick to have a child placed in your home. I think they said they expect to have their child/children by the end of the summer.

Here is what the website says about State adoptions they participate in.

State-Custody Adoption: These occur because the child has been removed from his/her parents due to abuse and/or neglect. There are three types of situations:

  • Legal Risk – This means the parents’ rights have not been terminated yet, but the state has recommended to the court that this occur. The risk is that the court may decide not to terminate the parents’ rights for some reason or a family member not previously known may come forward to adopt the child.

  • “Free for Adoption” – This means that the child’s birth parents’ rights have been terminated and the child needs an adoptive family. The state conducts a staffing to consider families interested in adopting the child and chooses a family based on the child’s needs.

  • Foster Care to Adoption – Many times people decide to be a foster parent and end up adopting the child in their home if the child becomes free for adoption. Foster parents who have cared for a foster child who becomes free for adoption continuously for a period of nine months or more must be given preference and first consideration as adoptive parents. Our agency considers this to be the best way to do state-custody adoption for both the child and the adoptive parents.

State- custody adoptions involve little to no cost to the adoptive parent. Adoption subsidy is available (but not guaranteed) to help with the costs of the adoption. The parent must successfully complete PRIDE training and Spaulding training (see Q3) at no cost. The majority of state-custody adoptions involve school-age children, although younger children are sometimes available.

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