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Cover of Welcome Home adoption publication

Welcome Home, a consumer publication from the Office of the Attorney General, explains the adoption process in Missouri, whether the adoption is domestic, international, foster or another type.

Welcome Home can be downloaded in its entirety as a PDF file by clicking the image to the right. Consumers can also order a free copy of the publication using our online order form or by calling the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline, 1-800-392-8222.

To download and view the Welcome Home publication on adoption you will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your machine. The latest version of Adobe Reader can be downloaded at no charge.

Changes in International Adoption

The United States federal government has announced changes in its international adoption policies effective April 1, 2008. Get details from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services web site by using the links provided below.

Questions and Answers: Intercountry Adoption Instructions Post-Hague Adoption Convention Implementation

USCIS Announces Changes to Guatemala Adoptions

Government Forms for Adoption

Official government forms mentioned throughout the publication can be found below. These forms may be updated from time to time.

  1. Adoption Information Registry Form For biological parents Denotes preceding document opens in Microsoft Word
  2. Adoption Information Registry Form For adopted children Denotes preceding document opens in Microsoft Word
  3. Affidavit acknowledging paternity Get Adobe Reader
  4. Notice of intent to claim paternity Get Adobe Reader
  5. Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition Get Adobe Reader
  6. Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative Get Adobe Reader
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