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Child Adoption in Kansas

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The Adoption Process

STEP 1 | CONTACT ADOPTION CHOICES OF KANSAS
Toll-Free 877-903-4488

STEP 2 | SCHEDULE INITIAL MEETING
Birth Parent Counselor can come to you

STEP 3 | COMPLETE PAPERWORK
Birth Parent Counselor will provide you with all the necessary paperwork. Please bring a proof of pregnancy with you.

STEP 4 | FIND A DOCTOR
The matching process begins

STEP 5 | REVIEW FAMILY PROFILES
Birth Parent Counselor will bring you profiles to choose from. Don’t feel you have the right family? We’ll get more profiles.

STEP 6 | CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’RE MATCHED!
Birth Parent Counselor will help secure a place for you to live (if you need it).

STEP 7 | FAMILY INTRODUCTION
Birth Parent Counselor will help you schedule a conference call with your adoptive family. And maybe even a visit!

STEP 8 | STAY IN TOUCH WITH BIRTH PARENT COUNSELOR
Attend doctor’s appointments. Communicate with your adoptive family.

STEP 9 | YOUR DUE DATE!
Birth Parent Counselor will be present to advocate for you at the hospital.

STEP 10 | BIRTH OF CHILD
The baby will leave the hospital with the adoptive family. Birth Parent Counselor will schedule a court date for you to give your consent.

STEP 11 | GOODBYE DINNER
Goodbye Dinner with adoptive family (if you want). You should receive pictures and updates at 1 month. Expenses will continue to be paid for 1 month after delivery.

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FAQ

1. Why Choose Adoption?

The choice of adoption is a positive alternative to an unplanned pregnancy. Many women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy situation do not search out all of their options. An adoption plan can be whatever you want it to be.

2. Who will help me understand this decision and deal with the loss of my child?

The decision to choose adoption is not an easy one to make on your own. Although it may be a difficult and painful choice, we will be there to provide support, including counseling if you would like.

3. Can I choose the adoptive family of my child?

Yes, you have the option of approving the parents who will be adopting your baby. Each family makes a picture profile, which is a mini-scrap book that tells you about their lives. The profiles we will present to you are filled with photos of the family, their vacations, their home and lots more. It will also include a “Dear Birth Mother” letter that addresses other frequently asked questions such as their likes and dislikes, hobbies, etc…

4. How do I know the adoptive family will provide a safe environment in which to raise my child?

All of our prospective adoptive parents go through extensive background checks. Social workers meet them in their homes to interview them. The couples are required to provide a State Bureau of Investigation report and a child abuse clearance report as well as birth certificates, a copy of their marriage license, physician’s reports that include HIV test results, etc… Adoptive families are carefully screened.

5. Will I be able to meet the adoptive family in person?

Yes, if you wish they can come meet you before the baby is born and you can have as much or as little of a relationship with the adoptive family as you want. You also have the opportunity to talk with them over the phone throughout the pregnancy. You can call to let them know how your doctor’s visits are going. If the family is able, and you are willing, they can even attend a doctor’s appointment with you.

You will know as much information about the adoptive family as we can give to you without revealing their last names and addresses. However, if you prefer to have a closed adoption with the adoptive family, that is also available.

6. Can I make an Adoption Plan without the Birth Father’s Consent?

Yes, if the birth father will not give his consent, or if you are unable to locate him, the attorney for the agency will attempt to terminate his parental rights.

7. Will I be able to receive help with transportation if I need it?

Your case worker will help you with transportation to and from your doctor’s visits and take you to pick up prescriptions. If further assistance is needed ,e.g., trips to the grocery store or a ride to work your case worker will be glad to help arrange that for you. We understand how important it is that you stay healthy and well taken care of.

8. How do I pay for the medical costs incurred by the pregnancy?

The choice of adoption is always at no cost to the birth mother. We will help you find assistance in paying the medical bills. The portion of the medical expenses not covered by private insurance or by state funds will be provided by the adoptive family.

9. Can I have contact with my baby while I am in the hospital?

Your case workers will help you make that decision. You can see your baby as often as you want while you are in the hospital.

10. When will the adoptive family take the baby home?

In most situations the adoptive family are at the hospital while the birth mother is in labor. If you would like, the family can even be in the delivery room with you. The agency suggests they come to Kansas a day or two before your estimated due date. If you deliver early they will be on the next flight out of their home town.

11. Is transitional care ever involved?

In extreme cases, when the adoptive family is unable to arrive before the baby is released from the hospital, we will place the baby in state licensed transitional care. The families who watch the children for this short period of time are screened as intensively as the adoptive family.

12. Do I have to go in front of a Judge to give my consent?

The consents to the adoption are not taken in front of a judge unless (1) a child falls under the Indian child or (2) the birth mother’s mental capacity is questioned.

13. Will I have to find my own attorney for the consent?

We will provide an attorney for you as well as pay his or her fee. The agency will cover all of your legal fees for the adoption.

14. Can the agency help me with living expenses if I am unable to work?

The agency will cover appropriate living expenses to birth mothers who need the help. We understand how difficult it is to get back on your feet and return to work after delivering a baby.

15. Will I be able to know about my child’s health and well-being after his or her birth?

Ongoing correspondence is definitely an option for you as a birth mother. We require that the adoptive family be open to sending pictures and letters at least once a year until the child reaches the age of 18. You are also able to send the adoptive family letters and pictures for the baby through the agency.

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Our Services

 

Pregnancy can be a strain on you both physically and financially. Adoption Choices of Kansas can assist you with financial support and proper nutrition, including Food Stamps, WIC, and ongoing grocery expenses. We are a local agency that provides one on one support to each of our birth mothers. We have offices in Wichita and Kansas City and case workers located throughout the state. We provide the highest level of support to our birth mothers.

 

 

Not having adequate housing or a safe place to sleep can lead to unnecessary stress and discomfort during your pregnancy. Adoptions Choices of Kansas can help you find and afford proper housing so you can rest easy.

 

 

Access to prenatal care should be one of your biggest concerns, and we are here to help. Adoption Choices of Kansas can help you apply for Medicaid and receive appropriate medical care throughout your pregnancy.

 

 

We are here for you. A caring caseworker from Adoption Choices of Kansas will be by your side to provide you with comfort and emotional support. But our involvement doesn’t end there. We’re with you through the birth and afterward for all of your emotional needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Adoption?
Adoption is not a choice any woman makes lightly. However, when you have an unplanned pregnancy, adoption can certainly be a wonderful option for you and your unborn child. Adoption no longer carries the stigma it once did. Many birth parents have wonderful, open relationships with their birth children and the adoptive parents as the child is growing up.
Who will help me understand this decision and deal with the loss of my child?
We have a caring staff of licensed social workers who will walk you through every step of the process. We are here to listen and we are not here to judge. Adoption is a very big decision. We understand that and want to help you choose what is right for you and your unborn baby; whatever that may be.
Can I choose the adoptive family of my child?
Absolutely! All of our waiting families have “profile books” that have many pictures of them, their home, their extended family, pets, and much more. The books discuss why the family wants to adopt and provides a lot of information about the family and their lifestyle. You can meet your adoptive family prior to your child’s birth, and you choose the level of contact you would like to have with them following the birth and the adoption. If you are not comfortable choosing the family, we can help with that as well.
How do I know the adoptive family will provide a safe environment in which to raise my child?
All of our prospective adoptive parents go through extensive background checks and a thorough home study process in order to be approved to adopt. Requirements vary from state to state, but typically the prospective adoptive parents must have a health assessment, child abuse checks, fingerprint based background checks, and provide proof of their income and financial resources. Prospective adoptive parents are also required to discuss their backgrounds, childhoods, family of origins, and current support systems.
Will I be able to meet the adoptive family in person?
Your adoption can be as open or as closed as you would like. You can meet your prospective adoptive parents prior to the birth of your child and choose to have an ongoing relationship with them, or you can never meet them at all. We help you decide what you are comfortable with. You get to choose.
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Truly Thankful

We are truly thankful to Adoption Choices. The caseworker basically became apart of our family, always available and able to answer or find out the answers to our questions. The legal part of the process went very smoothly. Even though we had a hiccup with the caseworker at hospital, the staff at Adoption Choices did everything they could to expedite us welcoming our new son to our family. We will be forever thankful to them and their kindness during this process.
- Love, Patty and Dan

Highly recommended

We cannot even begin to put into words our gratitude towards the caring and competent staff at Adoption Choices ! We began our adoption journey in January of 2010, and in August 2010 were blessed with the birth of our baby boy. The case worker and attorney helped us tremendously throughout the whole process, from our initial match with the birth parents to the final Adoption Decree. Although we formed a wonderful relationship with the birth family and were invited into the delivery room, the case worker remained at the hospital and was there in the event we needed her. The attorney was efficient and thorough, and we were surprisingly cleared to return to our home state 3 days following the birth. We absolutely adore our beautiful baby, love finally becoming parents, and are so grateful for the wonderful people who helped make this all possible. We highly recommend Adoption Choices to anyone looking to adopt!

- Sincerely, Carol and D.J.

This Adoption Agency Is Amazing

"As a mom about to place I have to say this adoption agency is amazing and has helped me and my family out so much. The case workers are always there. This has been a ongoing battle; one of the biggest decisions I've ever had to make. I know I would never feel this motivated to do the right thing if it wasn't for the support of the agency. I recommend it to anyone thinking about it."

- Alliey

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