Kay Van Pelt – Springfield Adoption Attorney

It has been my privilege to assist in the creation of families through adoption, with over 30 years of experience. My adoption practice includes private adoptions, step-parent adoptions, completion of international adoptions and working with agencies who are making an adoptive placement. I have extensive experience in handling the complexities of an interstate adoption, as well as Missouri procedures necessary to complete a secure adoption. I emphasize providing individual attention and service to my clients in their goal of expanding their families.

As a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, I am able to participate in programs and attend meetings that expose me to some of the best family law attorneys in the nation. These experiences allow me to learn lessons and gain information that enhances my practice.


Kay received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs Reporting in 1980 from the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she graduated cum laude and with honors. She is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.

Kay received her Juris Doctor Degree in 1983 from the University of Missouri, Columbia Law School. She was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll. She was named to The Missouri Law Review in 1983. Kay authored “The Standard of Reliablilty for Declarations Against Penal Interest in Missouri”, 48 University of Missouri, Columbia, Law Review 3, Summer 1984. Kay received an American Jurisprudence Award for excellent achievement in the study of evidence law in 1983. She received an Academic Achievement in Law Award for Tort Law. She received an Academic Acheivement in Law Award for Employment Discrimination.


Kay was Law Clerk to the Honorable James K. Prewitt, Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District in 1983. She bacame a shareholder in 1984 in the Professional Corporation of Van Pelt and Van Pelt, P.C., with F. Richard Van Pelt.

Achievements / Associations

Kay has been listed in Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers. Kay has been named a Fellow of American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. She is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar association and the Missouri Bar Association. She was past Secretary of the Greene County Bar Association. She was past Treasurer of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.

Kay formerly served on the Parish Council at Immaculate Conception, Church.

Kay formerly taught in the Legal Assistant Program at Drury College. She is the past Chairman of the Drury College Advisory Board for Legal Assistant Studies.