Missouri Chapter

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Welcome to the Home Page of the Gift of Adoption of Missouri.

As of July 2019, Gift of Adoption Missouri has awarded $131,500 in adoption assistance grants across Missouri to complete the adoption of 49 children.

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Chapter Goal 

Each year, Gift of Adoption Missouri receives requests from approximately 11 qualified families – representing a funding need of $44,000. The goal of the Missouri Chapter’s all-volunteer board is to raise enough funds to help complete each of these adoptions. 100% of the money raised by the chapter is directed to uniting children with forever families in the area.

The chapter is currently seeking leaders throughout Missouri to get involved as chapter leaders and help the chapter grow and reach more families.

Board members are responsible for building awareness and raising funds for this rapidly growing, energetic, national, nonprofit dedicated to putting adoption in reach for the millions of children worldwide without a family.

Board members can be located anywhere in the state, but must be willing to participate in monthly calls and quarterly in-person meetings to support the development of a strong state presence – as we create awareness of this new philanthropic category and resource our vision.

If you would like to work with smart, dedicated people who believe that a loving family is a basic right for children everywhere, contact Pam Devereux, CEO.


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In 2003 my husband, Bob, and I decided our family of three would be better as four. Thus started our adoption story. We mulled over trying for a second biological child, but at 42 years of age the prospects seemed a little less certain than we were hoping for. Having an adopted niece and nephew in our family already made the decision to adopt fairly easy. Added to that, Bob had current and former work colleagues who had adopted through an agency specializing in adoptions from former soviet countries such as Russia and Belarus.

We met with the agency in January 2003 to begin the process. Their initial estimate was that it would take a minimum of twelve months maybe longer to complete the process and bring home a new member to our family. Not being one to mess around, I made turning around the mounds of paperwork my number one priority. In June we got a call that there were three possible candidates for us to consider.

We met with our adoption counselor at the agency and were given three VHS tapes, one for each of three boys available for adoption. After being led into a private conference room we were told to view the tapes and make our "selection". It seems so wrong to think about a child that way but we were excited to have the chance so soon after starting the process. We were told that most couples spend a lot of time agonizing over the decision, but I am happy to say that while all of the boys were wonderful we were both clearly drawn to a dark haired and frowning baby in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Within six weeks we were scheduled for our first trip to meet Sasha, who would later become our son Will. Will had been given up at birth and spent the first six months of his life in a hospital nursery which were told was standard practice. At six months he had been moved to an orphanage. The orphanage caregivers clearly tried to do their best with the children but resources were obviously scarce and the child to caregiver ratio way too high.

Bob and I were absolutely delighted, however, to meet Will. He was a standoffish at first but came around pretty quickly to the one-on-one attention we were showering him with. Baby games like "How Big is Sasha" and "The Mighty Duke of York" were quickly a big hit. We spent time with him over the course of two days and then had to return to the U.S. to await final approval for his adoption. It was so hard to leave him there. I was sure he wouldn't get enough to eat or drink, and that no one would have time to really play with him.

It was a long four weeks, but we finally got the call that we needed to be in St. Petersburg within two weeks. It was an amazing day to go and pick him up. Our plane was late so we were late getting to the orphanage but staff waited for us so we could pick him up that day. They literally took all of his clothes off and handed us a naked baby! Amazing!

We got Will dressed and out of there as fast as we could. It was so fun watching him as we left the orphanage. He was absolutely mesmerized by everything he saw and it occurred to us that he had never left the orphanage after his arrival at six months of age. We immediately set about fattening him and giving him all of the attention he could handle. This kid would eat anything and everything you gave. What a delight!

The next evening we boarded an overnight train to Moscow where we got his U.S. passport from the American embassy. We then had one more day until we could fly home. It was really hard to relax until the wheels of the plane lifted off the runway for our flight home. I was so afraid someone would stop us and say there had been a mistake.

The rest is history. Adopting our son will always be one of the best things we have every done. We brought him home a very small 13-month old baby whose height and weight were to low even be on the American growth charts for a child his age. He's 6'3" now, loves sports, and enjoys hanging with his friends and family. We can't imagine what life would be like without him.

Susan Jones
Missouri Board President
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In 2003 my husband, Bob, and I decided our family of three would be better as four.  Thus started our adoption story. We mulled over trying for a second biological child, but at 42 years of age the prospects seemed a little less certain than we were hoping for.  Having an adopted niece and nephew in our family already made the decision to adopt fairly easy. Added to that, Bob had current and former work colleagues who had adopted through an agency specializing in adoptions from former soviet countries such as Russia and Belarus.

    We met with the agency in January 2003 to begin the process.  Their initial estimate was that it would take a minimum of twelve months maybe longer to complete the process and bring home a new member to our family.  Not being one to mess around, I made turning around the mounds of paperwork my number one priority. In June we got a call that there were three possible candidates for us to consider.

    We met with our adoption counselor at the agency and were given three VHS tapes, one for each of three boys available for adoption.  After being led into a private conference room we were told to view the tapes and make our selection. It seems so wrong to think about a child that way but we were excited to have the chance so soon after starting the process.  We were told that most couples spend a lot of time agonizing over the decision, but I am happy to say that while all of the boys were wonderful we were both clearly drawn to a dark haired and frowning baby in St. Petersburg, Russia.

    Within six weeks we were scheduled for our first trip to meet Sasha, who would later become our son Will.  Will had been given up at birth and spent the first six months of his life in a hospital nursery which were told was standard practice.  At six months he had been moved to an orphanage. The orphanage caregivers clearly tried to do their best with the children but resources were obviously scarce and the child to caregiver ratio way too high.

    Bob and I were absolutely delighted, however, to meet Will.  He was a standoffish at first but came around pretty quickly to the one-on-one attention we were showering him with.  Baby games like How Big is Sasha and The Mighty Duke of York were quickly a big hit. We spent time with him over the course of two days and then had to return to the U.S. to await final approval for his adoption.  It was so hard to leave him there. I was sure he wouldnt get enough to eat or drink, and that no one would have time to really play with him.

    It was a long four weeks, but we finally got the call that we needed to be in St. Petersburg within two weeks.  It was an amazing day to go and pick him up. Our plane was late so we were late getting to the orphanage but staff waited for us so we could pick him up that day.  They literally took all of his clothes off and handed us a naked baby! Amazing!

    We got Will dressed and out of there as fast as we could.  It was so fun watching him as we left the orphanage. He was absolutely mesmerized by everything he saw and it occurred to us that he had never left the orphanage after his arrival at six months of age.   We immediately set about fattening him and giving him all of the attention he could handle. This kid would eat anything and everything you gave. What a delight!

    The next evening we boarded an overnight train to Moscow where we got his U.S. passport from the American embassy.  We then had one more day until we could fly home. It was really hard to relax until the wheels of the plane lifted off the runway for our flight home.  I was so afraid someone would stop us and say there had been a mistake.

    The rest is history.  Adopting our son will always be one of the best things we have every done.  We brought him home a very small 13-month old baby whose height and weight were to low even be on the American growth charts for a child his age.  Hes 63 now, loves sports, and enjoys hanging with his friends and family. We cant imagine what life would be like without him.

Susan Jones
Missouri Board President

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Fortune smiled on Will, and you, and all of your family and friends with his adoption! We’re lucky to have the Jones family in our lives.

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100% of donations directly to the Chapter are used to provide adoption grants in this region.