Adoption Guide

Local Adoption Agencies

National and International Agencies

  • 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 phone here: (573) 298-0258
  • Columbia Foster and Adoption Project
    The Columbia Foster and 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:

Financial and Legal Resources

  • Adoption Subsidy Guide
    The Adoption Subsidy Guide was created by the North American Council on Adoptable 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 you to learn about the state’s adoption assistance program, including which children and families are eligible, what benefits are provided, how the program is funded, and more.
  • 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’s mission is “to fill the void that separates child from family – through adoption assistance grants that give vulnerable children a permanent home and the chance to thrive.”
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    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.