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. You will be sent information that explains the process and a listing of agencies in your area that you may choose to work with to prepare for adoption. You can also call 1-877-457-5430 or email
  2. 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 not interested in providing foster care, make sure your agency sponsors adopt-only homes (families).
  3. Complete your agency’s application process. This will include several 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.
  4. 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.
  5. When a possible initial 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.
  6. If the child’s case manager believes you are also a possible match for the child, you will be included in a Best Interest Staffing (a meeting of the professionals involved with the child to officially select an adoptive family that best meet’s that child’s needs) .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(s), counselors, and other important people in the child’s life. You will also be able to review ALL available information about the child.
  7. 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.

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.