Jefferson City Adoption Lawyers

Step-Parent and Third-Party Adoptions in Central Missouri

Adoption can be a happy occasion, but sometimes there are snags in the process or parties who are opposed. The Carson & Coil law firm represents adoptive parents by helping them clear obstacles and find a plan that leaves them happiest in the end.


Our Jefferson City family law attorneys handle private adoptions, step-parent adoptions and third-party petitions for custody or adoption of a displaced child. We practice in central Missouri, surrounding counties and statewide.

Our Jefferson City Adoption Attorneys Guide the Way

Adoption can be very complex. Government officials require families to jump through many hoops, and any irregularities in the paperwork or hiccups in the process can interrupt the proceedings. Carla Holste of Carson & Coil is a former chair of the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar and leads a team with extensive experience in adoption law and related legal matters. Our team helps facilitate:

  • Step-parent adoptions — Adoption establishes obligations and legal relationships that protect the child. We help blended families through the formal adoption process, including termination of parental rights of an absent parent.
  • Grandparent and third-party adoption — When grandparents, siblings or other relatives have cared for an abandoned or abused child, we can guide them through the legal process of obtaining custody, guardianship and adoption.
  • Private adoptions — Both the biological mother and the adopting parents have rights. Agreements must be carefully prepared and reviewed to ensure a smooth transition.
  • International adoptions — We help remove any legal barriers and make sure that all paperwork is complete to the satisfaction of the state of Missouri.

Experienced Missouri Child Adoption Attorneys

Our goal is to prevent any undue anxiety, delay or heartbreak in the adoption process. Contact us online or call 573-636-2177 today to arrange a consultation with our knowledgeable family law lawyers.

Carson & Coil