If you do choose to go through the adoption process it is best to not walk through it alone. We are here to help talk you through all your options and make that decision with you. Having someone from the outside looking in can be vital in making these decisions.

You want the best for your child, you want them to have the best life imaginable, and you are not sure you can provide that at the moment. This is such a difficult thought and even though you may be giving your baby to someone else, by no means does that mean you are giving up on your child. If you choose to go through the adoption process you are not putting your child in foster care, you are picking a forever home for them.

Baby adoptions in Missouri can all look a little different depending on your circumstance, but the process is generally comprised of five main steps:

Step 1: Decide if Adoption is the Right Choice for You

No one can choose adoption for you.Your friends don’t get to decide what you do about this pregnancy, nor do your parents.

Placing your baby for adoption in Missouri is a decision that will change your own life forever, as well as those of your child and an adoptive family.

It may be helpful to talk with someone who is not emotionally charged by your decision. Please contact Options for Women so we can help you understand your decisions and help you make the right one for you.

Step 2: Create an Adoption Plan that Fits Your Needs

If you do decide to choose the parents for your baby in Missouri, make sure that you connect to the right adoption agency so that your voice can be heard. Even though there are things about adoption that are regulated by the law you should have a say in how the adoption process will go. For example, you can pick what family your baby goes to, you can decide if the adoption will be open or closed, you get to decide where and how you would like to have your baby.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Step 3: Find an Adoptive Family in Missouri

This is one of the more important steps of “giving your baby up” for adoption in Missouri that you get to have a say in. Finding the perfect adoptive parents for your baby can be overwhelming, don’t do this alone. You can choose to find adoptive parents in Missouri or possibly another nearby state, depending on what agency you choose to go with. This way you will have a larger pool of people to choose from so you can find the perfect adoptive family to raise your child. Remember just because you decide to put your baby up for adoption, does not mean you have given up on them. You can give your child a life worth living.

We encourage you to have somewhat of an open relationship with your adoptive family whether that be a completely open one in which you exchange numbers and communicate as much as you would like, or a semi-open relationship in which you can communicate through a third party and receive updates periodically.

The type of relationship you have with your baby’s adoptive family is completely up to you, and you can start building that relationship even before your baby is born. Getting to know the adoptive family, with the help of your adoption specialist, before putting your newborn up for adoption in Missouri can help you feel more comfortable and confident in your adoption decision.

Step 4: Make a Hospital Plan

When choosing adoption for your baby in Missouri, you will have to consider a few things outside of the typical decisions you make in a non-adoption delivery.

  • Are you ok with the adoptive parents being there for the baby’s birth? This is where building a relationship beforehand can be so helpful.
  • Do you want to be the first to hold the baby?
  • How much time do you want to spend with the baby after you have given birth?
In Missouri, you must wait 48 hours before signing adoption paperwork, so what will you do in those 48 hours and what will you want to do with the baby? We know that this is a lot to consider, and we want you to know that you do not have to make these decisions alone.

We can help walk with you through all these decisions. The hospital stay is one of the most emotional parts of putting a baby up for adoption in Missouri. Making these decisions can feel overwhelming and you may be wondering where you should even start? Don’t worry, you still have time. Your first step is calling Options for Women so that we can help you get on the best path for you.

Step 5: You can Stay in Contact with Your Child and their Adoptive Family after Placement.

Adoption doesn’t have to end as soon as placement occurs. If you’re putting your baby up for adoption in Missouri, you will always be a vital part of your baby’s story, because you are the reason their story started. Some women will choose to at least receive picture and letter updates until the child turns 18, and many opt to email, text, call or even visit with their child and his or her adoptive family. Or maybe for reasons of your own you may think it best to have a closed adoption. As long as you choose an adoptive family that has a similar vision of how your relationship should go, you may be able to take part in your child’s life as much as you wish.


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