COLUMBIA – A new bill proposed by one state lawmaker could help pay some of the adoption costs for parents.
December 1 is the first day state lawmakers can pre-file bills for the 2016 legislative session.
Bill sponsor and House Representative Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) said adoption in Missouri can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. He said his bill would bring the cost down to $500 for adoptive parents.
“If we can lower that cost, my hope is that we can get more adoptions and give some of these children a fighting chance to get out of the system and bureaucracy of government, and have a loving home and a loving family,” said Vescovo.
The bill would require the children’s division to reimburse the adoptive parents for any nonrecurring fees over $500, such as attorney’s fees, court costs and other litigation costs associated with adoption.
However DeAnna Alonso, the Executive Director for the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association, said this bill is unnecessary because Missouri currently covers the out-of-pocket expenses due to a federal or state adoption subsidy.
Alonso said the bill would require the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division to pay about $4 million.
“This would leave Missouri's kids lingering in foster ...