Missouri adoption laws


State Adoption Laws in Missouri

When it comes to laws that govern Missouri adoption, trying to find a quick and simple answer can be frustrating.  Trying to decipher what a specific adoption law statute means can be overwhelming.  Our goal is to help you find answers to the most common Missouri adoption laws.

Every state has very different statutes that regulate how an adoption can be administered.  If you are considering an in-state adoption – were both the adoptive family and birth mother live in Missouri – adoption laws become clearer and more definitive. However, if your adoption is a dual-state adoption – wherein the adoptive family and birth mother live in different states – which states laws take precedence can become very complicated.  Obviously, in either situation, we advise that an experienced adoption attorney knowledgeable in Missouri adoption law should render an opinion before any action be considered.

As a general reference tool, the following information is provided as an abridged summary interpretation of key Missouri adoption laws. Most of these adoption codes have additional circumstances that will need to be verified and considered for each specific adoption. In addition, in state-to-state adoptions, some of these codes may not be applicable depending on the combination of states involved.

THIS INFORMATION SHOULD NOT  BE RELIED UPON AS COMPLETE LEGAL ADVICE AND APPLICABLE TO YOUR SPECIFIC ADOPTION. IT IS INTENDED ONLY TO BE A REFERENCE AND NOT DEFINITIVE.

Summary Answer**
State Statute
State Code Primary State adoption statute page
When can a Birth Mother sign consent? 48 hours after birth §453.030(5)
When can a Birth Father sign consent? Anytime §453.030(5)
Who is required to witness consent? Judge or notary witness §453.030(4)
When can consent be revoked? Only due to fraud or duress §453.160(2)
Is a court hearing required for termination? Yes §453.011
Is there a Putative Father registry? Yes §453.020
How long until finalization? When executed §453.030(6)
Can a non-resident finalize? Yes §453.500
Are Birth Mother expenses allowed to be paid? Yes §453.075
Is there an allowable maximum for Birth Mother expenses? No No statute specified
Can court increase maximum Birth Mother expenses? No No statute specified
Are post partum expenses allowed? No No statute specified
Are Birth Mother expenses required to be paid by an agency? No No statute specified
Are Birth Mother medical expenses allowed to be paid? Yes §453.070(6)
Is there an allowable maximum for medical expenses? No No statute specified
Does the state allow same sex adoption? Yes §453.014
Does the state allow single parent adoption? Not specified No statute specified