BASIC STEPS TO ADOPTION FOR KANSAS RESIDENTS
Contact Adopt Kansas Kids. You will be sent information that explains
the process and a listing of agencies in your area that you may chose to work with
to prepare for adoption. You can also call 1-877-457-5430.
If you want to move forward, learn more about the adoption agencies in your area
and select the one you’re most comfortable with and can best meet your family’s
needs. If you are also interested in providing foster care, make sure you choose
an agency that sponsors foster homes.
Complete your agency’s application process. This will include several standard background
checks. Your agency will enroll you in a PS-MAPP class. This class may or may not
be sponsored by your agency.
Following your agency’s completion of a home study, you will be approved for adoption
and begin working with your agency’s social worker to match your family with a child
needing adoption who meets your preferences and family profile. At this point, if
you’ve chosen to pursue foster care as well, your agency will submit application
to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) for your foster home license.
When a match is made, you will receive a detailed child profile so you can decide
whether it looks like a good fit. If it does, your social worker will submit your
home study to the child’s case manager for review.
If the child’s case manager believes you are a possible match for the child, you
will be included in a Best Interest Staffing. If you are selected, you’ll participate
in pre-placement visits with the child and have the opportunity to talk with the
child’s foster parents, teacher, counselors, and other important people in the child’s
life. You will also be able to review all available information about the child.
The child joins your family. The child’s case manager will continue to provide services
until the adoption is legalized and for up to 12 months after. Your agency may also
continue to provide support .