Thank you for your interest in adoption through the Kansas foster care system!
Currently, 850 Kansas children in foster care need are waiting for their forever
family through adoption. Most Kansas kids are adopted by relatives, non-relative
kin, and foster parents. The remainder are children for whom adoptive families need
to be found. Children needing adoption are from all age groups, races and ethnicities,
and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, the majority are age eight and older and
there is a particular need for adoptive families for teens and African American
children. Some are part of a sibling group that wants to be adopted together. Others
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
through our website photolisting and matching database, child profiles in the media,
and community events and activities – such as our Klicks for Kids photo 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 of Social and Rehabilitation
Adoption is also essential for the permanency of many children who are not in the
public welfare system, including birth parents who make adoption plans for them
privately and children in other countries who need families. For a broader overview
of adoption, consult the Child
Welfare Information Gateway.
Kansas children in foster care needing adoption receive services through one of
four SRS 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, as well as to select the
family for that child based on the best interest of the child. Once a family is
selected for a child in its care, the Case Management agency is also responsible
for coordinating pre-placement visits, developing the Adoption Placement Agreement,
and shepherding the process through finalization. Post-adoption services (also known
as aftercare) are also provided for 12 months following finalization.
Families interested in state adoption have a choice in deciding what agency they
want to work with for their adoption. Which agency you choose can be impacted by
a variety of factors including the area of the state you live, the type of child
you hope to adopt, whether or not you are interested in fostering, and your own
personal preferences or past experience with an agency.
In addition to services to children, Case Management Contractors also provide services
and support to resource foster and adoptive families. Among the services provided
are sponsorship of PS-MAPP classes, completion of home studies, and post-adoption
supports including training, support groups, and referrals to community resources.
All four Case Management Contractors also sponsor foster homes in Kansas.
Other agencies in Kansas can also assist foster and adoptive families. Many sponsor
foster homes, in addition to providing adoption home studies and post adoption supports.
A listing of these agencies, the areas of the state they serve, and the adoption
related services they provide can be found on the Agencies section.
Some things to consider when choosing an adoption agency to work with:
Public agencies place foster children for adoption. Private agencies sometimes contract
to place foster children; they may also place US infants or children from other
countries. In addition, some attorneys coordinate adoptions. The Child Welfare Information Gateway provides a nationwide
directory of public and private agencies.
- The agency’s services
- The agency’s approval process
- Your proximity to an agency office
- Any fees associated with services
- Adoption aftercare, training, and supports available