The Wait is Over!

Since 1983, 7,936 children have joined their families

143 have families, since January 1, 2015

  • 57% belong to a minority group
  • 78% are 9 years old or older
  • 40% are 14 years old or older

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missouri programs


Many children are in the custody of the Missouri foster care system and are eligible and waiting for a permanent home.

The children who wait are the survivors of abuse and neglect. They are school-aged children, brothers and sisters, children of color and those with disabilities. These children live in a series of foster and group homes. There they wait. They hope for the stability and love of an adoptive family.

Featured Child
of the Month

Meet Derek!

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Finding Families

The Adoption Exchange provides a number of effective and innovative programs to connect waiting children with adoptive families.

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Weekly Waiting Child
Each week you will receive an email featuring children recently listed or relisted in our Children's Gallery.
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Missouri Heart Gallery

2013 Missouri Heart Gallery Opening Image
View the Missouri Heart Gallery.
A picture is worth a thousand words!

Missouri is among forty-two states across the nation to have an active Heart Gallery.  This nationally renowned, annual exhibit, produced in partnership with the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division, features photographs of the children in Missouri who have been waiting the longest for an adoptive family. 

The faces of the children featured in the Heart Gallery tell incredibly compelling and highly emotional stories.

See the Heart Gallery in person! Learn about the tour here.

KSPR partners with The Adoption Exchange to feature Wednesday's Child!

Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. KSPR News will feature children who are in the foster care system and looking for permanent homes.

Meet Randy!

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KSPR Wednesday's Child, Randy!

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to view his Wednesday's Child Video.

Wednesday's Child airs each Wednesday on KSPR ABC News 33 during the 4:00 p.m. newscast.

KSPR News generously donates time, production and talent to help find families for the children.


PARTNER (Parents as Resources Through Networking & Encouraging Retention)

The PARTNER Program is a voluntary program to provide training and support to adoptive families in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area who are interested in adopting children over the age of 11. 

For more information or to help answer questions you can always contact the
contact the Missouri Office directly at 1-800-554-2222.