What You Need to Adopt a Child

Adoption is the route some couples choose to grow their families, whether it be because they cannot have children or they simply chose to adopt for a number of other reasons. Our adoption lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you what you need to adopt a child. Adoption can be a lengthy process, if you require legal help, give Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch a call today for your free consultation at 573-346-7231.

What You Need to Adopt a Child

According to the Missouri Department of Social Services:

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

Your home assessment, adoption expenses, and training may provided by the state free of charge.

There can be several misconceptions out there about adoption and our our adoption lawyers in Camdenton would like to set the record straight. For example:

Many people may think you have to be married to adopt a child. The truth is you don't. As long as you have a steady income, have suitable housing, meet the set standards and are willing to welcome a new child into your home, you could potentially become an adoptive parent.

If you are interested in adopting a child, you can find several resources on the Missouri Department of Social Service website, https://dss.mo.gov/cd/adoption/becoming-an-adoptive-parent.htm.

Let Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch Help You Adopt a Child

Having an experienced adoption lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks on your side can really help make the adoption process easier for you. We can help you find an adoption agency that will work with you. We can assist you with this process by answering questions you may have about applying and how long to expect it to take. We can help you file your paperwork and be your support system. Call our Camden County adoption attorneys today at 573-346-7231. We handle many types of family law, visit our website at www.PMCWLaw.com to see how we may be able to help you with other situations you may be experiencing.

Law Offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, & Welch, P.C.
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