In the event that a child is removed from their home by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, title IV-E of the Social Security Act requires that they, “consider giving preference to an adult relative over a nonrelated caregiver when determining placement for a child, provided that the relative caregiver meets all relevant State child protection standards.” In other words, before the state considers placing the child under the care of a non-relative, they will attempt to find a relative.
As long as the Children’s Division believes that placing the child under the care of a relative is in the child’s best interests, they will allow it. The Children’s Division gives preference to certain relatives –
According to Missouri Statute, a “relative” is defined as any one of the following:
The state also considers a relative to be any individual who is related to the child either by blood or by affinity. If a relative is not available to adopt, second preference goes to a close, nonrelated person. Missouri statute defines this as anyone who is not related by blood or marriage to the child, but has such a close relationship with the child, it is like a family bond.
If you are considering adopting a relative, contact an attorney at The Buxner Law Firm. Sometimes, adoption cases can hit snags and encounter complications that require the assistance of a skilled attorney. To schedule a free, in-office consultation, contact us today at (314) 863-6000.