Missouri post-adoption support

Below are post-adoption and guardianship support services available to families who live in Missouri. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support

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Post-adoption/guardianship support services

In Missouri, adoptive and guardianship families have access to the following services through a post-adoption/guardianship support program:

  • Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.) 
  • Referral to services or advocacy
  • Training/other development 
  • Peer support for parents
  • Peer support for children/teens
  • Respite care
  • Educational support/advocacy
  • Community-based therapeutic services
  • In-home therapeutic services
  • Crisis intervention

In addition, the following services may be available to families if they are negotiated as part of the adoption/guardianship assistance agreement:

  • Residential therapeutic services

Who is eligible for these services?

  • Families who have adopted from the state’s foster care system 
  • Families who have adopted from another state’s foster care system
  • Families who took guardianship of a child from foster care

Who provides these services?

The Missouri Department of Social Services contracts with private providers to operate five regional Adoption Resource Centers. Services provided by each center vary slightly. 

For more information about the providers and services, including support groups, visit the state’s Adoption Resource Center website

Parent support groups

Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.

To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.

Adoption Triad Support Network KC
Location: Liberty

Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center
Location: St. Louis

Attachment and Integration Methods
Location: Saint Louis

Boone County Foster/Adoptive Parent Support Group
Location: Hartsburg

Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association
Location: Jefferson City

Cherish Kids
Location: Ozark

Children's Home Society of Missouri
Location: Brentwood

Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
Location: Saint Louis

Foster Adoption Support Team (FAST)
Location: Saint Charles

Foster and Adoptive Parent Support Group
Location: Saint Louis

FosterAdopt Connect
Location: Independence

Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri
Location: St. Louis

Parents As Teachers
Location: St. Louis

Parkland Foster and Adoptive Families Support Group
Location: Bonne Terre

St. Louis Attachment Network
Location: St. Louis

The LIGHT House, Inc.
Location: Kansas City