Thank you for your interest in adoption through the Kansas foster care system!
Currently there are approximately 1000 Kansas children in foster care who are waiting
to be adopted. Many of these kids will be adopted by relatives, non-relative kin, and
foster parents. While others continue to wait. Children needing adoption are from all
age groups, races and ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, the majority
of waiting children are age eight and older, part of a sibling group of 3 or more,
or have special needs.
The Role of Adopt Kansas Kids
Adopt Kansas Kids works to connect foster and approved adoptive families, also referred
to as resource families, with children throughout Kansas who are available for adoption.
This work is accomplished through our website photolistings and matching database, child
profiles in the media, and community events and activities – such as our Klicks for Kids
Heart gallery. We also link prospective foster and adoptive families with agencies in their
area, and answer families’ questions about adoption and provide information about available
adoption resources. This service is provided by the Kansas Children’s Service League through
a contract with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF).
Kansas children in foster care needing adoption receive services through one of two DCF
contracted Child Welfare Case Management Contractors. These private agencies ensure children
receive necessary services, are living in a safe and a supportive environment which meets
their needs, and achieve timely permanency. It is the responsibility of the Case Management
Contractors to determine the attributes of an adoptive family that would best suit the needs of
a child in their care. Once a family is selected for a child, the Case Management agency is
also responsible for coordinating pre-placement visits, developing the Adoption Placement
Agreement (APA), and guiding the process through finalization. Post-adoption services
(also known as aftercare) are also provided for 12 months following finalization.
Families interested in adopting a child from the foster care system have a choice in deciding
which agency they want to work with for their adoption. A variety of factors may influence
the agency you select. These factors may include the area of the state in which you live, the
type of child whose needs you best meet, whether or not you are interested in fostering, and
your own personal preferences or past experience with an agency. Adopt Kansas Kids can assist
you in examining your options.
In addition to services to children, Case Management Contractors also provide services and support
to foster and adoptive families. Among the services provided are sponsorship of TIPS-MAPP classes,
completion of home studies, and post-adoption supports including training, support groups, and
referrals to community resources. Both Case Management Contractors sponsor foster homes in Kansas as well.
Other agencies in Kansas may also assist foster and adoptive families. Many sponsor foster homes,
in addition to providing adoption home studies and post adoption supports.