Find important information from the Missouri Attorney General's Office below.
Legally, adoption means a single person or couple become the legal parents of a child. Emotionally, adoption means the prospective parents and child become a family.
In pursuing adoption, prospective adoptive parents must consider a variety of factors.
Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself:
- Do you want to adopt a child from this country or from abroad?
- What type of adoption services provider do you want to work with?
- What costs are you going to face, and are there resources to help?
Once these questions have been answered, it's important to get familiar with the steps necessary to complete an adoption. Whether you're a stepparent seeking legal guardianship of your stepchild or a couple wanting to expand your family, each type of adoption comes with its own variations of the legal process. Dan Baylard is a knowledgeable family law attorney who will make sure you know your rights. He will explain every aspect of the process, such as guardian ad litem, filing the proper court papers, and finalizing the adoption.
Different courts in Missouri may have different local adoption rules. Attorney Dan Baylard is familiar with the rules in Jackson County, Johnson County, and surrounding areas.