Parenting

Adoption Guide

Local Adoption Agencies

National and International Agencies

  • Adopting.org
    Adopting.org maintains information on the many different aspects of domestic and international adoption and is hosted by adoption professionals and volunteers.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    Maintains a searchable National Foster Care & Adoption Directory which provides adoption and foster care resources listed by state
  • Intercountry Adoption
    This site provides information on the adoption process, specific country information, visas and general adoption resources.

Post Adoption Support

  • The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association
    Not-for-profit agency that educates, supports and advocates for foster and adoptive children, youth and families in central Missouri by offering services and partnering with community and governmental agencies to develop healthy and self-sufficient individuals and families. Reach them by email here: ccfosteradopt@gmail.com
  • Columbia Adoption Project
    The Columbia Adoption Project is a not-for-profit group whose mission is to support and equip families in the Columbia, MO area through the various stages of adoption and foster care. They offer support groups for families involved in adoption and foster care, education and awareness activities and maintain a website with additional resources and adoption information. Reach them by email here: comoadoption@gmail.com
  • Birth Parent Support Group
    The Birth Parent Support Group is a group for birth parents who have placed a child up for adoption. The group meets the first Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Center for Women’s Ministry, 1900 N. Providence, Suite 210 (Kelly Plaza Bldg), Columbia, MO. For more information contact: Kitty Spencer, kitty.spencer@lovebasket.org, (573) 424- 5323.

Financial and Legal Resources

  • Adoption Subsidy Guide
    The Adoption Subsidy Guide was created by the North American Council on Adoptive Children to educate parents and professionals on Title IV-E Adoption Assistance in the United States.
  • State Adoption Subsidy Profiles
    The state adoption subsidy profiles allows “retrieval of the specific eligibility, benefit, funding and other characteristics of your state’s adoption subsidy program.”
  • A Child Waits Foundation
    A financial resource for those seeking international adoption loans. Provides low interest loans for families who have exhausted other financial options and could not proceed with their adoption without help.
  • The Gift of Adoption Fund
    Gift of Adoption Fund provides “grants that put adoption in reach: in reach for the 140 million children worldwide in need of families, for qualified parents yearning to adopt, and for those of us who want to do something concrete to move a child from a dire situation into a life of hope and promise.”
  • Child Welfare Information
    A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this organization provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice.
  • State of Missouri Adoption Links
    The State of Missouri maintains a website with information about adoption and official government adoption forms, as well as a state published guide to the adoption process in Missouri.
  • Missouri adoption laws
    “Welcome Home.” A state of Missouri publication that helps educate Missourians who are considering adoption. Includes information on Missouri statutes related to adoption.

Parenting Programs and Event Flyers
Parenting Resources Guide

See also: Homeschooling

Parent Education Calendars

Child Development

  • First Steps
    Missouri First Steps is an Early Intervention program to support families who have a child from birth to age 3 who has delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with developmental disabilities.
  • Lend and Learn
    Offers a safe environment for families and children to explore toys to enhance motor and cognitive skills.
  • Missouri Department of Health: Healthy Children
    Links and resources to Missouri Department of Health and Human Services programs for children. Includes information on well child exams and Mo Health Net.
  • ParentLink
    Provides resources, problem solving support, and referrals for families.
  • Parents as Teachers
    A service for qualifying families from Columbia Public Schools. Qualification screenings are offered during days and evenings. Program promotes parents as the child’s first teacher, and support includes home visits and resource center.
  • SOAR – System Offering Actions for Resilience in Early Childhood
    Provides services to promote the social-emotional wellness of children ages 0-8 and their families in Boone County. SOAR’s focus is on early child wellness, universal developmental screening, information/referral, workforce development and treatment services.

Library Programs and Resources from DBRL

Health Care

  • Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services
    Provides information about current events, links to divisions within health and human services, and publications.
  • Health Insurance Marketplace
    Provides information for individuals and families about getting health insurance. Insurance applications can be completed online.
  • Maternal Mental Health Program
    Part of Lutheran Children’s and Family Services, this program provides therapy sessions to help mothers (living in Boone County) battle depression, as well as therapy and support for their children and case management to help identify community resources and services to promote family well-being.
  • Missouri HealthNet for Children
    Missouri’s health care program for children. Get information on eligibility, providers, application materials and more.
  • Missouri HealthNet for Pregnant Women and Newborns
    Missouri’s health care program for pregnant women and newborns. Get information on eligibility, providers, application materials and more.
  • My Life Clinic
    Offers free professional, confidential pregnancy medical services, including pregnancy testing and ultrasound. Services are offered without restrictions regardless of age, marital status, race, religion, residency or income. Parenting and Moms Support Group classes are also offered. Call 573-874-3561 to schedule an initial visit with a client specialist. Walk-in appointments are also available.
  • Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)
    A supplemental nutrition and health program based on income. Offered to pregnant women, new mothers and children up to age five.

General Assistance for Parents and Caregivers

  • Call 211
    A 24 hour, 7 day a week telephone resource line that connects callers to trained resource specialists. Specialists can provide referrals for seniors, disabled persons, children and families, to physical or mental health services and job resources. Referrals are free and confidential. Multilingual specialists are available.
  • Central Missouri Down syndrome Family Network
    Central Missouri Down syndrome Family Network is a support group for families that have babies or small children, teens or adults who are “enlightened by an extra 21st chromosome.”
  • Childcare Aware of Missouri
    Provides childcare referrals, training coordination and accreditation services for parents, families and childcare providers.
  • CMCA
    Empowers individuals and families to achieve self-reliance through programs designed to fight poverty, including Head Start, employment & training programs, foster grandparents and family support services.
  • Columbia Public Schools Early Childhood Education Center
    Early childhood special education program for children ages 3 to 5. Program addresses educational development and social development needs of children.
  • FACE – Family Access Center of Excellence
    Provides a coordinated, transparent and collaborative approach to improving access to quality social, emotional and behavioral health services for families with children (aged 0-19). Includes supportive case-management and community-based referrals.
  • Family Facets and the Children’s Division (formerly known as DFS)
    Provide two programs in Boone and Callaway counties for families – Intensive In-home Services (IIS) and Family Reunification Services (FRS). IIS is a program that seeks to keep children safely in their homes with their primary caretaker(s) through helping families gain the skills, information and resources they may need to function successfully. FRS is a program that helps families successfully reintegrate their children back into their homes after a period of out-of-home placement. Referrals to either of these two programs may be made at any time by calling 573-886-7422.
  • Family Impact Center
    Provides support and education services to Columbia families in the areas of financial literacy, mental health, life skills, and relationship building. This organization also provides school readiness programs and summer camps for youth.
  • First Chance for Children
    Delivers canvas “Baby Bags” to low-income mothers that give birth in the two Columbia hospitals. The bag contains books, safety items, a sleeper and a notebook containing information about local resources for new mothers.
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
    An informal group for grandparents raising their grandchildren. Guest speakers have addressed grandparent-grandchild relations, maintaining health, handling stress, holiday activities with grandchildren and legal issues.
  • Healthy Families Program
    Provides car seats, cribs, and clothing and other supplies and referral services to families expecting a baby.
  • La Leche League
    Provides help and support to breast feeding women through mother-to-mother support and education.
  • MPACT
    A statewide training and information center serving parents of children with all disabilities through the use of free
    training workshops and one-on-one technical assistance sessions. MPACT assists parents in their efforts to effectively advocate for their
    children’s educational rights and supports. 1-800-743-7634
  • The Nurturing Network
    The Nurturing Network, provided by Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Mid-Missouri, is an evidence-based curriculum that teaches parents the importance of nurturing themselves in an effort to better nurture their children. Parents work one-on-one with a social worker, and can be connected as needed with services for alternative housing options, job training and placement, and individual counseling. Open to parents who have at least one child age five or younger in the home. Funded by the Boone County Children’s Service Fund; there is no cost to parents. Please call Erin Maynard, LMSW at 573-815-9955 for a referral.
  • Rainbow House
    Provides emergency shelter services to Boone county children and families in crisis with the mission of keeping children safe and supporting families through prevention, assessment and intervention in child abuse and neglect cases.
  • Safe Kids Columbia
    Dedicated to eliminating unintentional injury and death to children under the age of 19 in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cooper, Cole and Howard Counties. Safe Kids Columbia provides information on passenger safety, water safety, bike/pedestrian safety, firearm safety, home/fire safety and playground/sports injury prevention. For more information on local events call 573-875-9216.
  • Tel-Link
    A toll-free information and referral line for Missouri residents that offers a wide range of guidance on programs including alcohol and drug treatment, dental clinics, mental health treatment and prenatal referrals. 1-800-TEL-LINK or 1-800-835-5465.
  • Voluntary Action Center
    Provides several programs and resources for families such as diapers, formula, hygiene kits and a Christmas program providing low-income families with food and gifts for the holidays. The VAC can help secure birth certificates for persons born in Missouri, youth enrichment fund of $50.00 per child per year for sport, scholastic, etc. types of activities and various other services. Call 874-2273 for information.

Student Parents

  • Cub Hub
    A study area with wifi capability for student parents. Education students provide children of student parents with opportunities to play and learn. (Parents do not have to be MU student to take advantage of this service.)

Low-cost Clothing & Supplies

Many of these organizations will take donations of gently used clothing, toys and furniture. Contact for details.