Thursday, June 24, 2010

PEAR has added Missouri to the State Directories of Adoption Resources

The Missouri Directory of Adoption Resources for use pre- or post-adoption has been released from our third series of Midwest states. You can freely download the pdf at

Each directory is divided into 4 sections:

Health contains Early Intervention information and licensed practitioner listings. Each listing has a designation for specialty or service. See the index at the beginning of each document for definitions. Residential Treatment Centers are included here.

Education contains tutoring, remediation, specialized schools & interventions by non-licensed practitioners.

Bureaucracy contains information about (details vary by state):
•Apostilles & Authentications
•Better Business Bureau
•Criminal background checks
•Recognition of foreign birth, delayed certificate of birth, and/or readoption
•Filing complaints
•Hague Convention information (due diligence and complaints)
•Licensed agency list or checks
•License checks for health professionals
•Medicaid waiver
•State statutes on adoption
•Social Security offices/how to obtain card
•State adoption subsidy
•Vital records (birth, marriage & divorce cert.)

Support contains state-based support groups, web-support, and organizations. Respite care is also included here.

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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