How it Works

Get acquainted with the adoption process.

Thank you for your interest in adoption through the Kansas foster care system! The adoption process differs for Kansas and Non-Kansas residents. Learn more about each below.

Kansas Residents

  1. Contact Adopt Kansas Kids: An Adopt KS Kids representative will send you information which explains the steps in the adoption process to get you started.  You will also receive a listing of agencies in your area.   This information will help you decide how you want to move forward; and when.  Your first step, is to call 1-877-457-5430 or email
  2. Choose an Agency:  Take the time to learn more about the adoption agencies in your area.  Call the agency.  Ask them questions.  Select the one you’re most comfortable with and can best meet your family’s needs. If you are NOT interested in providing foster care, make sure your agency sponsors adopt-only homes (families).
  3. Complete the Application Process:  This will include a simple form providing some basic information about your family.  It will also include  standard background checks. Your agency will help you enroll in a TIPS-MAPP class. This class may or may not be sponsored by your agency. It is also permissible to complete a TIPS-MAPP class prior to choosing a sponsoring agency. Visit for a TIPS-MAPP class near you.  This class is a requirement before you will be considered a resource for children on this website.
  4. Family/Home Assessment Process:  A home assessment is completed by a qualified practitioner in Kansas.  This  requires a minimum of two visits to your home. You will be asked information about your family history and your expectations for children who you hope to parent.  Through this assessment a determination will be made if the agency will continue to support you. At this point, if you’ve chosen to pursue foster care as well, your agency will submit application to the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) for your foster home license.
  5. Matching Process: Continue to review the Adopt KS Kids website to see if there is a child or sibling group that you want to know more about.  Select the I’m Interested button. An Adopt KS Kids representative will contact you and provide more detailed information for the child/ren. If you are still interested, Adopt KS Kids will provide your home assessment to the case manager for the child/ren.
  6. Selection Process:  If it is determined your family is a possible match for a child; your family will be included in a Best Interest Staffing.   This is a meeting of the professional involved with the child to officially select an adoptive family that best meet’s that child’s needs.  If you are selected, you will have the opportunity to complete the next steps.
  7. Pre-Placement Process:  As an adoptive parent who has been selected for a child; you have the right to review the child’s file.  You will have the opportunity to speak with the child’s current foster parent. You will meet the child.  You will have the opportunity to get to know the child, through visits.
  8. Placement: The child joins your family.  The child’s case manager will continue to provide services until the adoption is legalized.  Your agency may also continue to provide support.

Non-Kansas Residents

  1. If you are interested in adopting a child from Kansas, you must first complete the adoption approval process in your home state. Check the AdoptUSKids website to get connected with an agency in your state.
  2. Following approval for adoption in your state, if you are interested in a particular child on the Adopt Kansas Kids website contact us and we will be able to let you know if that child is available for out-of-state adoption (note: it may already be indicated on a child’s profile whether or not they can be adopted out of state.) It should also be noted all Kansas children available for out-of-state adoption are placed on the AdoptUSKids website.
  3. If there is not a specific child you feel your family is a match for, you can have your social worker register you on the Adopt Kansas Kids website. Neither your or your social worker will be able to perform enhanced matching on the site, but you will be part of the match pool Kansas workers will match their children against. If you match with a child, the child’s case manager will contact your social worker
  4. If the child you are interested in can be placed out-of-state, Adopt Kansas Kids will forward your information to the child’s case manager. The case manager will get in touch with you or your family worker for additional information, including a copy of your home study.
  5. If the child’s case manager thinks you are a good match for the child, you’ll be included in a Best Interest staffing. If you are selected as an adoptive placement for the child you will be able to review all available information about the child and have the opportunity to talk with individuals close to the child.
  6. If you decide to move forward the ICPC (Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children) process will begin. Among the details to be included in this agreement is when the child can come live with you.
  7. The child joins your family. The child’s case manager will continue to monitor your case with an agency in your state providing direct services until the adoption is legalized and for up to 12 months after.