Many children are adopted by relatives, non-relative kin, and foster parents. Others continue to wait. Currently there are approximately 500 Kansas children in foster care waiting to be adopted. Children waiting are all ages, races and ethnicities, and from all socioeconomic backgrounds. The majority of waiting children are age 8 and older, part of a sibling group of three or more, or have special needs.
Children’s Adoption Services
Kansas children in foster care receive case management services through one of four Child Welfare Case Management Providers who contract with the Kansas Department for Children and Families. These providers ensure children:
- receive necessary medical and mental health services and educational supports;
- are living in a safe and a supportive environment which meets their needs; and
- achieve timely permanency, including adoption.
It is the responsibility of the Child Welfare Case Management Providers to determine the attributes of an adoptive family which would best suit the needs of a child in their care. When a family is selected for a child the Case Management agency is responsible for the following:
- coordinating pre-placement visits;
- establishing the date the child will move into the home;
- providing support to the family during the adjustment time frame;
- guiding the family through finalization; and
- providing post-adoption services for 12 months following adoption finalization.
Permanent custodianship or guardianship of a child can be an alternative to adoption. This is available to children in a limited number of situations and is based on the individual child’s needs.
Families interested in adopting a child from the foster care system may choose the agency with which they want to work. A variety of factors may influence the agency you select. These factors include:
- the area of the state where you live;
- the type of child you believe will fit best into your home and skill set;
- whether 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.
Child Welfare Case Management Providers provide services and support to foster and adoptive families. Services include sponsorship of TIPS-MAPP classes, completion of home studies, and post-adoption training, support groups, and referrals to community resources. The Child Welfare Case Management Providers also sponsor foster homes.
Other non-profit agencies in Kansas assist foster and adoptive families. These agencies do not have responsibility for case management services for the children. Many of these agencies prepare, train and provide ongoing support to foster homes and provide adoption home studies and post adoption supports.