June 3, 2003
ST. LOUIS – Missouri Baptist Children’s Home’s (MBCH) Children and Family Ministries has a rich history of facilitating private adoptions through the years, providing services to both the birth parents and adoptive parents.
Birth parents are provided with services and counseling whether they choose to place or parent their child. Adoptive parents are provided services to ensure the best possible placement for the child.
MBCH Children and Family Ministries has seen a steady decline of private adoptions over the years due to more and more young women choosing to parent their child. This year three private adoptions have occurred so far. Our availability of adoptive families needs to increase and so we are requesting applications for those who might be interested in becoming an approved family through MBCH Children and Family Ministries.
The following eligibility requirements apply in order to be an approved MBCH Children and Family Ministries private adoptive family:
- Must be 45 years age or younger.
- Must be physically and emotionally healthy.
- Must have a stable marriage of at least two years.
- Must be professing Christians and active members of a church within the
Missouri Baptist Convention and/or the Southern Baptist Convention. If an appropriate home cannot be found within either convention, the placement will be made in the very best possible evangelical Christian home.
Please also keep these things in mind:
If you have an approved home study through a licensed agency or licensed
professional, MBCH Children and Family Ministries will review it to determine if it meets our guidelines. If it does not, we can provide an updated home study for you.
MBCH Children and Family Ministries can complete a home study for you if you do not currently have one.
You may be an approved family through MBCH Children and Family Ministries and also be associated with other adoption agencies as well.
MBCH Children and Family Ministries places infants in private adoption with couples only.
It is MBCH Children and Family Ministries’ stance that when appropriate, open adoption is in the best interests of the child. Our agency will train you on what an open adoption means. You do have the preference of specifying a closed adoption only.
It is MBCH Children and Family Ministries’ policy that adoptive parents will not have the option of specifying a gender preference for their child.
MBCH Children and Family Ministries are especially interested in those families who do not have a race preference for their child.
Birth parents who choose to place their child through MBCH Children and Family Ministries choose the adoptive family they want for their child. Each approved MBCH.
Children and Family Ministries’ adoptive family completes a non-identifying profile which is given to the birth parents in order to decide which family they will choose for their child.
If you are interested in applying to be an approved adoptive family through MBCH Children and Family Ministries, please call 1-800-264-6224 and as for the Intake Department. MBCH Children and Family Ministries cannot guarantee placement of adoptive children.