Kansas Adoption Guide

Everything you need to know to adopt in Kansas.

Kylee Hooper June 10, 2016

Welcome, prospective adoptive parents! This guide was written to provide you with a single place to find information about adoption in Kansas. It will walk you through everything from laws that will impact your adoption to reviews of adoption service providers in Kansas.

We’ve divided this guide into five parts: first, general information about adopting in Kansas, then sections dedicated to domestic infant adoption (starting in Slide      ) foster adoption (Slide      ),  international adoption (Slide      ), and stepparent adoption (Slide      ). And don’t miss our slide filled with links to helpful adoption resources (Slide      ).

Are you interested growing your family through domestic infant adoption? Click here to connect with an adoption professional who can answer your questions.

Please note:
1. Please note:

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and reliability of the information provided in this slideshow guide, you should not rely on it to make decisions. Instead, you should rely on licensed professionals in making decisions relative to adoption. The information in this guide is subject to change without notice. Adoption.com is not responsible for the consequences of relying on this information. In no event shall Adoption.com be liable for any direct, indirect, special, or incidental damage resulting from, arising out of, or in connection with the use of this information.

Did You Know?
2. Did You Know?

Kansas is actually flatter than a pancake.

Kansas measures in a .9997 and a pancake comes in at .957 with a score of 1 being perfectly flat. Read the full explanation here

 Adoption in Kansas at a Glance 
3. Adoption in Kansas at a Glance 

Kids in foster care available for adoption in 2012: 2,612     
Foster adoptions completed in 2012: 759      
International adoptions completed in 2012: 101    

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Can I Adopt in Kansas?
4. Can I Adopt in Kansas?

Adoption requirements in the state of Kansas are as follows:

Marital Status:  Can be single or married    
Finances: You will need enough to be able to support a bigger household.
Housing:  Your home just needs to be safe and include enough space for the child.
Work: You can continue to work. Be sure that you will provide adequate child care if needed.    
Personality: some important characteristics are stability, maturity, dependability, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
Other Requirements in Kansas: You must complete some training.      
DISQUALIFYING CRIMES:  Your criminal history will be reviewed during a home study to ensure you will be able to provide a safe environment for children.

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Developing a Support System
5. Developing a Support System

It’s essential to have a good network of family, friends, and neighbors to support you through your adoption process.

It’s also important to connect with other adoptive parents. You can begin making these connections in our forums. You may also want to consider joining a support group for adoptive parents.

Domestic Infant Adoption in Kansas
6. Domestic Infant Adoption in Kansas

Before you get started, click here to learn more about the overall process of adopting an infant in the United States. Then, because laws and processes vary from state to state, come back to get the details about adoption in Kansas.  

Domestic Infant Adoption: Get Professional Help
7. Domestic Infant Adoption: Get Professional Help

You can adopt either through an agency or an attorney.

Some people pursuing a private adoption find it beneficial to work with a professional adoption facilitator, an individual or organization that matches birth parents with adoptive parents in exchange for a fee. In Kansas an adoption agency can advertise even if they are not licensed by the state as long as they clearly mention this fact to hopeful adoptive parents. As of August 2015 Kansas statues limit the use of advertising to just prospective adoptive parents.

You can browse and read reviews about adoption service providers in Kansas here.     

For more information about picking an adoption agency, learn about the Top Fifteen Things to Look for In An Adoption Agency.

SOURCE: ChildWelfare.gov

Domestic Infant Adoption: Complete a Home Study
9. Domestic Infant Adoption: Complete a Home Study

Regardless of whether you complete your adoption, you will need to complete an adoption home study.

Your home study social worker will help educate you about adoption and ensure that you (and your partner, if applicable) meet the requirements outlined on slide four.

Click here to learn more about the Home Study process.

 Domestic Infant Adoption: Spread the Word   
10. Domestic Infant Adoption: Spread the Word  

Advertising is allowed in Kansas.     

One of the most important things you can do while waiting for an adoption match is to let everyone know about your hope to adopt. Many adoption connections are made through word-of-mouth referrals.

Domestic Infant Adoption: Parent Profiles
11. Domestic Infant Adoption: Parent Profiles

If advertising is allowed in your state, creating a profile on Adoption.com Parent Profiles allows you to easily share your story with those considering placing their child for adoption. Features like videos and photos, posts, Pinterest-like favorites, and recommendations and endorsements make it easy to create a profile as unique as you are, increasing the likelihood that you will stand out and connect with that right person.

Rich communication options like video chat and instant messaging make connecting easy. A mobile-responsive design means that you will never be out of reach.
What’s more, Adoption.com receives over 650,000 monthly visits, which means your profile will receive unparalleled exposure. You can even view and monitor your progress through a detailed statistics page.

Ready to get started? Click here

Domestic Infant Adoption: Adoption Navigators
12. Domestic Infant Adoption: Adoption Navigators

Adoption Navigators provides you with quality expertise in sharing your dream of adopting. We provide unparalleled adoption marketing and one-on-one coaching to beautifully show expectant parents who you are and tell your story. With Adoption Navigators you receive premier advertising exposure on Adoption.com, assistance building your profile and creating a video, and expanded reach through social media and search engines such as Google, Bing, and Yahoo!. Adoption.com has more than 16 years of experience helping families connect with potential birth parents.

Let us help you increase your exposure to potential birth parents and decrease your adoption wait time.

Click here to get started.

Creating a listing on Adoption.com Parent Profiles is an excellent way to connect with potential birth parents across the country. If you want to maximize your exposure to potential birth parents and receive personalized coaching and support, consider using Adoption Navigators. Coordinate these services with your adoption professional.

 Domestic Infant Adoption: Relinquishment
13. Domestic Infant Adoption: Relinquishment

Parental rights must be relinquished before a child is considered legally free to be adopted. Birth mothers can consent to adoption 12 hours after the child is born. Once a petition is signed to relinquish parental rights courts have up to 6 months to grant the petition.

Domestic Infant Adoption: Birth Father Rights   
14. Domestic Infant Adoption: Birth Father Rights  

Kansas has a putative father registry. This is a way for men who feel they are the father of a child to register and be notified when their child is placed for adoption. Once an acknowledgement of paternity is established a permanent bond is created that establishes the father child relationship. This bond can only be broken in court.

A father who wants to revoke the acknowledgement of paternity must do so before the child is 1 year old, unless the father was under 18 when the acknowledgement of paternity was signed. In this case the father has until he turns 19 years old, even if the baby is older than 1. If the baby is older than 1 by the time the father revokes an acknowledgement to paternity the judge will decide what to do based on the child's best interests. The father will have to prove that a signed acknowledgment of paternity came under fraud or duress unless the father files to revoke within 60 days of signing a parental acknowledgement.

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Domestic Infant Adoption - Laws about Birth Parent Expenses
15. Domestic Infant Adoption - Laws about Birth Parent Expenses

Hopeful adoptive parents and/or an adoption agency may provide legal and living expenses for an expectant mother. There are, however, requirements governing such support.

In Kansas, only medical costs attributed to pregnancy and birth as well as reasonable living expenses are allowed. While there is no set amount on how much can be given to birth mothers during the adoption process all expenses will be accounted for in front of a judge.

SOURCE: KS Stat § 59-2121

Domestic Infant Adoption - Post-Adoption Contact Agreements   
16. Domestic Infant Adoption - Post-Adoption Contact Agreements  

Post-adoption contact agreements are not addressed in the state statutes.

Domestic Infant Adoption - Finalization 	  
17. Domestic Infant Adoption - Finalization  

While there is no required time period after placement, adoptions within Kansas generally take 1-6 months to finalize. You can finalize in-state or out-of-state. Consent is irrevocable upon signing unless the consenting party, prior to adoption finalization in court, proves that the consent was not given voluntarily. The burden of proof rests with the biological parents consenting to the adoption.

Domestic Infant Adoption – Adopting in Kansas from Out-of-State
18. Domestic Infant Adoption – Adopting in Kansas from Out-of-State

With private (usually domestic infant) adoptions, it is always possible to adopt a child within Kansas, even if you live in a different state.

The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) was adopted in the 1960s to provide for oversight and protection of children placed for foster care or adoption between states.

If you are adopting a child from another state, you will need to receive permission from the ICPC office in the state where the child is from. Your agency or attorney will send the office copies of your home study and some other paperwork. They will need to approve your packet before you can bring your child home.

Read more about the ICPC here.

Foster Adoption in Kansas    
19. Foster Adoption in Kansas    

Before you get started, click here to familiarize yourself with the overall process of adopting children through foster care. Then, because laws and processes vary from state to state, come back here to get the details about foster adoption in Kansas. 

Foster Adoption - Children Available for Foster Adoption in Kansas       
20. Foster Adoption - Children Available for Foster Adoption in Kansas       

There are many children available for foster care in Kansas. Many of these children are looking for a forever family that will adopt them. You can see some of the children available in our photolisting here.

Foster Adoption - Get Professional Help   
21. Foster Adoption - Get Professional Help  

You can complete a foster adoption either through a private agency that is licensed to provide foster care services or directly through   the Department for Children and Families. Their website will lead you to their partner website where you can find the Kansas photolisting and get more information.

To find adoption agencies in Kansas and to read reviews, check out Adoption.com’s Reviews page for Kansas. 

You will still need to complete a home study as part of this process.

Becoming Part of the Foster Care System 	  
22. Becoming Part of the Foster Care System  

In order to become part of the foster care system, you will need to complete training.

After you have become part of the foster system, you can receive children into your home. The plan for many of these children is to reunified with their families, but when that is no longer an option, they may become legally free for adoption.

In some cases, children who are considered "legal risk" might come into your home. These placements are children whose parents have not yet terminated their parental rights. These children are not considered legally free for adoption, but may be in the future.

Finalization 	  
23. Finalization  

You should be able to petition to finalize your adoption soon after placement. Finalization could take anywhere between 0-6 months.

Post Adoption Contact Agreements
24. Post Adoption Contact Agreements

Post adoption contact agreements are not addressed by the Kansas state statutes.

Adoption Assistance   
25. Adoption Assistance  

Adoption assistance is available for qualifying adoptions. If you are adopting a child who has special needs as defined here, you may be able to receive some adoption assistance.    

 Foster Adoption – A Note About the ICPC
26. Foster Adoption – A Note About the ICPC

The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) was adopted in the 1960s to provide for oversight and protection of children placed for foster care or adoption between states.

If you are adopting a child from another state, you will need to receive permission from the ICPC office in the state where the child is from. Your agency or attorney will send the office copies of your home study and some other paperwork. They will need to approve your packet before you can bring your child home.

Read more about the ICPC here.

International Adoption in Kansas
27. International Adoption in Kansas

Before you get started, click here to familiarize yourself with the overall process of international adoption. Then, because laws and processes vary from state to state, come back here to get the details about international adoption in Kansas.

International Adoption - Photolisting
28. International Adoption - Photolisting

There are millions of beautiful children across the world who are hoping to find a forever family.

Click here to meet some of them through our Photolisting.

International Adoption - Get Professional Help
29. International Adoption - Get Professional Help

With international adoptions, your only choice is to complete your adoption through an agency. Because of the Universal Accreditation Act, all adoption agencies completing international adoptions are required to be credentialed according to federal standards. Make sure to check with any agency before working with them to ensure they have this accreditation in place!

In selecting an international adoption agency, there are Four Essential Criteria you should probably consider. Click  here - link to Adoption.com/reviews for state    to browse through reviews of adoption agencies in Kansas.

In order to be approved to adopt internationally, you will need to complete an international adoption-specific home study.

International Adoption - Post-Adoption Requirements
30. International Adoption - Post-Adoption Requirements

You need to make sure your agency is licensed to perform international adoptions. Adoptions finalized abroad should be recognized by Kansas.

You will also need to request a U.S. birth certificate for your child.

Read more about post-adoption requirements in the Kansas Adoption Wiki.

Stepparent Adoption in Kansas
31. Stepparent Adoption in Kansas

Before you get started, click here to familiarize yourself with the overall process of stepparent adoption. Then, because laws and processes vary from state to state, come back here to get the details about stepparent adoption in Kansas.

Stepparent Adoption - Terminating Parental Rights
32. Stepparent Adoption - Terminating Parental Rights

In order for you to adopt the child of your spouse, the corresponding biological parent’s rights will first need to be terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily.

You will need to consult with an adoption attorney about your desire to adopt. He/she can help you decide if it’s likely that the biological parent would be willing to relinquish rights OR if it would be feasible to pursue involuntary termination of his/her parental rights.

Stepparent Adoption - Petitioning to Adopt
33. Stepparent Adoption - Petitioning to Adopt

Once parental rights have been terminated, you can file a petition to adopt with the courts. You and your spouse will both testify in court regarding the stability of your marital relationship, the bond you’ve developed with your stepchild, and your desire to become the legal parent of your stepchild.

You will generally not be required to complete a background check or home study as part of the stepparent adoption process.

Adoption Resources   
34. Adoption Resources  

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Kylee Hooper

Kylee Hooper is not quite a mother, but she adores babies, and hopes to be able to either foster or adopt someday. When she isn't writing, reading, or editing; she is normally playing her harp or creating an adventure.


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