Frequently Asked Questions

International Adoption

Cherish Kids will help you understand specific country adoption requirements, provide agency contact information and brochures, inform you of the support systems available, and offer additional assistance through the paperwork stage. Connecting with other adoptive families and receiving encouragement and support through the process will also be available!

Domestic Adoption

Cherish Kids provides information about specific children available for adoption, links you closely with foster families, and encourages relationship with other families willing to adopt.

Foster Care

Thank you so much for your heart to provide a temporary, loving home for children in need. Cherish Kids is excited to encourage and empower you on your journey to rescue children. We believe EVERY child deserves to be cared for and cherished and we pray that as you complete the following Cherish Kids Intake God will lead you, and provide all that you need to pursue His will for your life.

Respite Care

Respite care is coming alongside foster families and providing short term care for their children.

 

 


ADOPTION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


International Adoption

Depending on the country and agency that you choose it can cost between $15,000 and $50,000. There are grants available and your agency can help you with that. Another idea is to have fundraisers!
Absolutely! Most children adopted internationally are primarily orphaned due to poverty, and live in both government-run and privately established orphanages. We believe that every child is a gift from our Lord. Many are considered disabled due to small things such as cleft palate/cleft lip or birth marks. Also a child that is over 5 years old can be considered special needs simply because of his/her age.
Each country has a specific set of regulations that an adoptive family will have to meet. Some countries such as Ukraine the country requires that you stay from 4-6 weeks in the regions you intend on adopting from however there are countries that you do not have to travel. Your agency will educate you about the country and your safety.
Most countries have age requirements as well as marriage. The most strict is China. Parents that intend on adopting from China have to be between the age of 30-50, married for at least 2 years, must be physically and mentally healthy, with body mass index under 40, with no history of drug/alcohol abuse or legal problems. Applicants should have at least a high school education, stable employment, and a net worth of at least $80,000. Applicants should have no more than 4 minor children at home. Each country is different!
Right now it is Ethiopia. It is always changing!
Ethiopia and Rwanda are in great need for adoptive families as well as other African countries. Most agencies will work in Ethiopia.
Check out our list of International adoption agencies on cherishkids.org and pray about what agency to contact. Feel free to contact more than one and talk to them about your adoption. You need to feel comfortable with the agency that you choose to work with. They will be working to help bring your child home!!! What a great thought!
Yes, it depends on the county you adopt from. China, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, Rwanda, Gambia, Nepal, Korea, and Hong Kong are a few that have children under the age of 24 months available for adoption.
Post adoption challenges come in varying degrees. Please speak to one of our team members to talk more about the subject.
Most of the time nothing goes wrong, however there have been times where the countries that we work with make mistakes. Sometimes adoptions can be slowed down or even stopped. Paperwork in other countries can take a lot longer than it does here in the US.

 

ADOPTION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Domestic Adoption

The best place to begin is to contact agencies for information. Most people would not buy a house without touring it first, checking out the framework to ensure it meets community standards and researching the neighborhood, local schools, parks, etc. You probably even look at a dozen houses before choosing the perfect home for your family. Choosing an adoption agency shouldn’t be any different from the search for the perfect family home because the agency is guiding you in building your family. Research is key in helping you build trust in an agency. There are several ways you can research an agency such as contacting your State Licensing Specialist to determine if the agency is in good standing and if there have been any complaints filed against the agency. Check out their website, brochures or contact them directly to determine what services each agency offers, such as support groups, additional training, etc.. Join an adoption support group in your area and get first hand information from those who have experience with the agency. First hand knowledge is the most helpful information as it allows you to learn from the experience of others.
In the state of Missouri, the adoption process is a two-step proceeding. The first step involves the transfer of legal custody of the child to the adoptive parents and cannot take place without prior court approval. The second step is the actual adoption six months later. During the six month period following initial placement, the court will ask that a home study be completed to update the court on the progress of the child and the adoptive parents. Before the Court may enter a final decree of adoption, the petitioners must have had lawful and actual custody of the child for a period of at least six (6) months. After the six (6) month period, a hearing is held for approval of the adoption. The consequences of the adoption are that are relations and rights between a child and its biological parents are terminated and the child is viewed legally as if it were the natural child of the adoptive parents. Specifically, there are no distinctions in the law between an adopted child and a biological child.
The cost for a domestic adoption can vary depending on the circumstances. There are many children currently in foster care that are available for adoption. These adoptions are paid for by the state plus the child is covered by Medicaid until age 18. Concerning private adoptions, in Missouri there are strict regulations governing the types of expenses adopting parents may pay. You will be required to give an accounting when you file a petition for adoption asking you to disclose all fees and expenses related to the adoption. These expenses may include:
  • Medical expenses in connection with the birth or illness of the child
  • Counseling services for the biological parent or child
  • Cost for the suitability and placement studies (homestudy)
  • Legal expenses, court costs, travel expenses, and administrative expenses
  • Reasonable living expenses for the biological parents
  • Any other services or items the court finds reasonably necessary

We recognize that private domestic adoption can be a costly matter. Please see helpful links and details in upcoming blogs on our website for information and fundraising ideas. As previously mentioned, there are many children currently in foster care that are available for adoption. These adoptions are paid for by the state plus the child is covered by Medicaid until age 18.
Each adoption process varies. Before a child is ever placed in your care, it may take months to prepare or meet the requirements of your state. This would include finalizing a home study or waiting for the referral from a birth family/mother. However, keep in mind that Missouri has the required six (6) month actual custody period once the child is placed in your home. This means that even after the child is living in your home and you have actual custody, it will be an additional six (6) months before the final adoption hearing can be hear to complete the process.
While it is important to recognize that abuses and traumas can occur prior to adoption that negatively affect a child, it is also important to remember the positive effects that permanency, love, and stability bring to a child. Examples of successful, happy adoptees may prove helpful- Aristotle - philosopher Art Linkletter - comedian Dave Thomas - entrepreneur: founder of Wendy's Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady Faith Hill - country singer George Washington Carver - inventor Jesus - adopted by Joseph the carpenter (Bible) Melissa Gilbert - actress Nancy Reagan - First Lady Nat King Cole - singer Nelson Mandela - politician President Gerald Ford - politician Steve Jobs - entrepreneur: co-founder of Apple computer Victoria Rowell - actress
In Missouri, when a child is adopted all relations between a child and its biological parents are terminated. The child is viewed as if it were the natural child of the adoptive parents, and the biological parents no longer have any rights to have contact with the child. However, some adoptive parents will agree to maintain some forms of contact with the biological parent.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Foster Care

It is a temporary placement for children without parental care due to abuse or neglect. Foster families provide a safe and nurturing home while the parents receive supportive services to regain custody of their children.
Adoption is the permanent option for children who have been in foster care. Children are legally free for adoption after the court has terminated the parental rights of the birth parents.
Yes, together with a casemanager, you will discuss preferences and capacities.
What about their healthcare? A maintenance payment is made monthly to help provide for the child’s food, clothing and personal needs. The amounts vary depending on various factors. You should be financially viable without these payments. Medical and dental insurance is provided to children in state’s custody at no cost to you. When a child in custody needs counseling, that is paid for through a Medicaid provider also.
In Missouri, you can be single OR married, be 21 years old, be able to pass a child abuse neglect check and other background screening, be in good mental and physical health, have a stable income, and be willing to attend training.
There is no cost involved. The homestudy and training is provided by the state free of charge.
Contact Children’s Division—Greene County, Connie Quinn at 895-6708; Christian/Taney County, Nita Puchta at 581-7511 ext 230; MBCH at 831-2342; Lutheran’s Children and Family Services at 862-1972. Please let them know you are calling as a result of Cherish Kids!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Respite Care

Respite providers offer temporary care of children from resource homes in times of need. There is a great need for respite care providers who will care for children with a variety of special needs, including medical issues, and physical and behavioral challenges. If you are considering becoming a resource parent, respite care is also a great way for you to meet parents who have already worked with our agency and the children we serve. You will gain first-hand experience working with the children and youth in state care. You will develop relationships with resource families you can turn to with your own questions as you explore the world of foster and adoptive care.
Persons wishing to provide respite care must:
  • Contact their local Children’s Division Office to express their interest
  • Complete and return the application provided by the agency
  • Complete a child abuse/neglect screening and criminal background check
  • Understand that a home assessment will be complete to ensure your home meets licensing standards, including sleeping arrangements and fire/safety requirements
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Other Requirements:

  • Fingerprints of all household members age 17 and over
  • Copies of Social Secureity Cards of all household members age 17 and over
  • Walk through of the home and discussion of the following safety items:
    • Storage of chemicals, cleaning products, medications, weapons, and ammunition
    • Location of smoke detectors, cabon monoxide detector
    • Observation of housekeeping standards
    • Five pound fire extinguisher stored in the kitchen
    • Bed space and sleeping arrangements