§ 453.005 Construction of sections 453.010 to 453.400 — ethnic and racial diversity …
§ 453.010 Petition for permission to adopt, venue, jurisdiction — no denial or delay …
§ 453.011 Expediting termination of parental rights and contested adoption cases
§ 453.012 Requirements for adoption effective for petitions filed on or after August ..
§ 453.014 Who may place minor for adoption — rules and regulations, authority.
§ 453.015 Definitions
§ 453.020 Petition — guardian ad litem appointed — fee, deposit in putative father …
§ 453.025 Appointment of guardian ad litem, when — fee — duties of guardian ad litem.
§ 453.026 Written report to be furnished to prospective adoptive parent, court and ..
§ 453.030 Approval of court required — how obtained, consent of child and parent …
§ 453.040 Consent of parents not required, when
§ 453.050 Waiving of necessity of consent, when permitted — how executed.
§ 453.060 Service on parties, how accomplished — petitioners’ names not to appear on …
§ 453.061 Conception of a child, man deemed to be on notice, when
§ 453.065 Definitions
§ 453.070 Investigations precondition for adoption — contents of investigation report …
§ 453.072 Qualified relatives to receive subsidies, when — definitions.
§ 453.073 Subsidy to adopted child — determination of — how paid — written agreement.
§ 453.074 Duties of children’s division in administration of subsidy
§ 453.075 Petitioner in adoption proceeding to give accounting, when — contents — …
§ 453.077 Postplacement assessments required, when — rulemaking authority.
§ 453.080 Hearing — decree — contact or exchange of identifying information between …
§ 453.090 Consequences of adoption — child defined.
§ 453.100 Clerk to certify decree for vital statistics record — contents.
§ 453.101 Guardian appointed when adoption not granted — powers and duties to be …
§ 453.102 Division to inform adoptive parents of postplacement services, when — …
§ 453.110 Prohibiting transfer of custody of child — exception — penalty — …
§ 453.120 Records of adoption proceedings not open to inspection except on order of ..
§ 453.121 Adoption records, disclosure procedure — registry of biological parents and …
§ 453.140 Validity of decree not subject to attack for irregularities after ..
§ 453.150 Effect of adoptions made previous to July 1, 1917
§ 453.153 One church-one child program to find adoptive placements for certain children
§ 453.160 Validity of decree under any prior act not subject to attack for ..
§ 453.170 Adoption under laws of other states or countries, requirements, effect
§ 453.315 Order of protection, purpose of
§ 453.350 Higher education visit for certain foster children and youth in division of ..
§ 453.400 Stepparent required to support stepchild — recovery from natural or …
§ 453.500 Interstate adoption assistance compact adopted — text of compact — false …
§ 453.503 State may withdraw from compact, how
§ 453.600 Fund created, use of moneys

Terms Used In Missouri Laws > Chapter 453 - Adoption and Foster Care

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Guardian: if used in a section in a context relating to property rights or obligations, means conservator of the estate as defined in Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Guardianship: if used in a section in a context relating to rights and obligations other than property rights or obligations, means guardian of the person as defined in Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Handicap: means a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, whether the impairment is congenital or acquired by accident, injury, or disease, and where the impairment is verified by medical findings. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • hereafter: means the time after the statute containing it takes effect. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Incompetent: if used in a section in a context relating to actual occupational ability without reference to a court adjudication of incompetency, means the actual ability of a person to perform in that occupation. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • person: may extend and be applied to bodies politic and corporate, and to partnerships and other unincorporated associations. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • United States: includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Ward: if used in a section in a context relating to the property rights and obligations of a person, means a protectee as defined in Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.