We believe every child deserves a loving family and a safe home. Our goal is to unite children and youth in foster care with permanent, loving and nurturing families.

Before You Can Adopt

Anyone wishing to adopt a child in state custody is required by the state of Missouri to complete the Specialized Training, Assessment, Resources & Support (STARS) course, as well as a 12-hour Spaulding training course which will require you to put together a Life Book (a photo album of about 20 pictures that tells the story of you and your family). These free courses consist of lectures, activities, Q&A sessions and homework assignments and can take 4-9 weeks to complete. Most participants develop a connection with some of the other adoptive and foster parents in the trainings and start to develop a support network.

Children and Youth for Adoption

If you’re interested in adopting an infant, we recommend contacting a private adoption agency. While infants and toddlers are sometimes available for adoption, the majority of children in state custody are school age.

Through the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoptionwe are able to help facilitate adoptions for foster youth who may be more difficult to find an adoptive family for.  The children and youth who need adoptive parents the most are:

  • Large sibling groups. This could include a sibling group of 3+. We do our best to keep siblings together when they are removed from a home, as for many children in our care, their brothers or sisters have been the only constant presence in their lives.
  • Older adolescents and teens. More often than not the perception of teens in state custody is that they are troubled, aggressive and delinquent. However, they can be just as engaging, resilient and rewarding to parent as are younger children. And most importantly, they can benefit from the emotional and financial stability a family and loving home can offer.  
  • Youth with special needs. We believe that children with special needs are first and foremost just children.

Additionally, our goal is to limit the number of transitions (or homes) a child experiences. To that end, we give preference to foster families that have provided a home to a specific child (including infants) for at least nine months. So perhaps becoming a foster parent first might be a consideration. The training and licensure process is similar.

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