Who Pays for What and in Which State Would the Adoption be Initiated and Finalized?

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A pregnant woman in Missouri wants to have her child adopted by a family she has already picked that resides in Georgia. Who pays for what and in which state would the adoption be initiated and finalized? Thank you for your time!

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The family seeking to adopt the child will likely be responsible for the costs of the adoption. Since the mother resides in Missouri, and the child will be a legal resident of the state, the adoption process will occur here.

Most states do permit out-of-state adoptions. There are strict guidelines and regulations that must be followed in order for the out-of-state family to legally adopt the child.

For instance, the out-of-state family will have to meet certain adoption guidelines and be approved by a licensed adoption agency within their locale in addition to meeting similar standards in Missouri. You should contact your local government agency that handles the administration of adoptions for more information.



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