Who can decide whether I place my child for adoption?
Who can help me if I am considering adoption?
People under 18 in Missouri have the right to place their children for adoption without their parents' permission. Both birth/first parents, if both are known, must give permission for the adoption. There are special protections for young people placing children for adoption, and young people have the right to a lawyer.
An adoption agency can tell you more about the process and help you decide whether adoption is right for you. However, not all adoption agencies treat birth/first parents with the respect they deserve. We can connect you with ethical, non-discriminatory adoption agencies that will not pressure or coerce you into choosing adoption or try to prevent you from choosing abortion. For more information, text us at 855-458-0886.