Adoption in Missouri
America World Missouri is licensed and Hague accredited Missouri adoption agency providing home study services for adoption. Although our primary role is to provide home study services for families adopting through America World, we are also able to prepare home study and post adoption reports for families using other placement agencies and who meet America World's agency requirements. Our office is located in Manchester, MO, which is a suburb of St. Louis, but we are able to provide services for families living throughout the state.
The Home Study is a major part of the adoption process designed to help you, America World, the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), and the foreign government assess your ability to provide a loving home for an orphan. A home study is an assessment process that provides a written report that is a comprehensive picture of your background, current family life and how this new child will be integrated into your family. It is designed to be a non-judgmental, educational and fruitful process. Some of the topics discussed during the home study process are motivation for adoption, expectations regarding adoption: short-term and long term, attitude towards biological parents, type of child desired: age, sex, medical or emotional concerns, and attitudes of extended family and non-resident siblings. Your home study coordinator will also explore your values related to parenting, marriage, finances, spiritual beliefs, and child-care plans. These discussions will all take place during four face-to-face visits, one of which must be in your home. For residents in the state of Missouri, state criminal record checks, child abuse registry checks and references will be obtained. You will need to provide a copy of your birth certificate, marriage license, financial reports and medical statements for all members of the family. Missouri also requires a home safety inspection be completed. All of these items will be collected and reported in the home study.
AWAA-MO also provides post adoption services for your adoption. Post adoption visits are vital to help an adoptive family adjust and transition as a new family unit. We will visit your family in your home to assess your transition and write a post adoption report. Each country and even some states have their own post adoption requirements. Your social worker will ensure that all state, agency and country requirements are met in your post adoptive reports. At a minimum you will be required to have at least two post adoption visits. In addition to post adoption visits and reports, we will be available to offer support and referrals for special services, education and/or trainings.
A Note from the MO Director of Social Services - Nichole Deal, MSW
Hello from Missouri! I graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia. I have worked in the adoption field for over 18 years and have experiences in both international and domestic adoptions. In addition, I also have personal experience, as my parents adopted me domestically when I was two months old. I grew up always knowing that I was adopted and my parents celebrated that this was how our family was created. I love the fact that I can combine my own personal and professional experiences in working with families. I look forward to helping you expand or complete your family through the wonderful world of adoption.
How to Begin
If you are adopting through America World Adoption, you will begin by completing an application online. Once your application has been approved and we have received your program agreements, Nichole Deal will contact you to initiate the home study. If you are not using America World as your placing agency, but would like to use our local social services in Missouri, you may fill out the application online and choose "Social Services Only" under Application Type. The application fee for a social service only case is reduced to $175. Once the application is processed, Nichole will contact you and will work directly with you and your placement agency to ensure all requirements are met in your home study and post adoption reports. If you have any questions please contact Nichole Deal.
America World Adoption - MISSOURI
Manchester, MO 63021
9 AM - 5 PM CT
Phone: 800-429-3369 x 185