ADOPTION IN KANSAS
Thank you for your interest in adoption through the Kansas foster care system!
Currently, 1000 Kansas children in foster care are waiting for a loving, adoptive family. Many of these waiting children are adopted by relatives, non-relative kin, and foster parents. The remaining children are still waiting. Children needing adoption are from all age groups, races and ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, the majority of waiting children are age 8 and older, in a sibling group of 3 or more (who wish to stay together), or are children with special needs. There is a particular need for adoptive families for teenagers.
The Role of Adopt Kansas Kids
Adopt Kansas Kids works to connect approved foster and adoptive families, also referred to as resource families, with children throughout Kansas who are available for adoption. The connections may occur through our adoption website photo-listing and matching database, child profiles in the media (i.e. Wednesday’s Child), 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 Family Services (DCF).
Kansas children in foster care needing adoption receive services through one of 2 DCF contracted Child Welfare Case Management Contractors. These private agencies ensure children receive necessary services, are living in a safe and a supportive environment, 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 their 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 in, 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 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. Both Case Management Contractors (KVC & SFCS), along with many other private child welfare agencies, sponsor foster homes in Kansas. These agencies 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:
- 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
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.