Adoptive Parent Services

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Adoptive Parent Services

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Adoptive Parent Services

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Adoptive Parent Services

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The Adoption Process

Beginning the adoption process can be a daunting task. We have outlined the steps in adopting with us to make it easier:

  1. Get an approved home study completed by a licensed child placing agency. If you reside in Kansas, we can complete this for you. If you are in another state, we can provide you with referrals to agencies near you.
  2. Complete and return our application along with the application fee. When we have received your application, we will notify you and let you know if there are additional documents needed.
  3. Create an adoption profile book. There are many resources online for making these. These are the books we will use to present you to expectant parents looking to choose an adoptive family for their baby. We will ask you to send us some copies of your profile book so that we have them available when needed.
  4. Once we have approved your application, you will be added to our list of waiting couples! We will contact you when we have birth mothers who are a good match for you and ask if you would like to have your profile presented to them.
  5. Once matched with an expectant mother, we will work with you and the expectant parents through all of the steps of the adoption from match to finalization.

FAQ

What services does Adoption Choices of Kansas provide adoptive families?
Adoption Choices of Kansas provides personalized, comprehensive support for families hoping to adopt a baby. We will guide you and give you everything you need along every step of your adoption journey. Designed to ensure you have the best possible chances for a successful adoption, our services include the following:

  • Two full years of marketing & advertising. We will assist you in creating your adoptive parent profile and aggressively advertising it to potential birthmothers.
  • Adoption referrals & networking. We will refer you to experienced adoption attorneys and social workers from our network of trusted professionals.
  • 24-Hour support for birthmothers. Our staff is available day or night to talk, text, or chat with birthmothers who are considering adoption.
  • Coordination & guidance for meeting a birthmother. We will help coordinate communication and meetings between you and the birthmother. We provide you with questions to ask and “red flags” to watch out for.
  • Online & offline marketing. We utilize aggressive marketing and advertising efforts to ensure your profile is seen by as many birthmothers as possible.
  • Guidance & support. Call us any time! We’re always here to talk, listen, and offer assistance, advice, and encouragement at any stage of the process.

What specific marketing & advertising methods does Adoption Choices of Kansas utilize to find birthmothers?
Our dedicated marketing team is constantly working hard to reach as many potential birthmothers as possible. Here are the specific methods they use:

Online Marketing
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Search engine optimization is a methodology of strategies, techniques and tactics used to increase the amount of visitors to a website by obtaining a high-ranking placement in the search results page of a search engine (SERP) — including Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines.
Social Media Optimization (SMO) Social media optimization is the process of increasing awareness and website traffic through the use of social media outlets and communities including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube.

Pay Per Click Advertising (PPC) PPC advertising involves bidding for clicks for text or image based ads displayed alongside search engine result listings on Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
Content Marketing Content marketing includes creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire, and engage a clearly defined and understood target audience – with the objective of driving traffic website or page.

Offline Marketing
Networking with adoption attorneys, social workers, physicians, pregnancy crisis centers, hospitals, churches, schools, and adoption agencies.

How long does the adoption process usually take?
Because we work with a limited number of families at a time, we’re able to offer quicker placement times and more adoptions than other adoption agencies and service providers. Our connection times range from 2–24 months. If you are open about the baby’s race and gender, expenses, and birth location, your adoption process could move quicker.

Do we need a home study before we begin working with Adoption Choices of Kansas?
Although you will need a home study to complete your adoption, you do not need one before starting your contract with us. We will refer you to a place where you can complete your home study, and you can start the home study process while we begin searching for your birthmother.

What is open adoption?
Open adoption means the birthmother has the opportunity to communicate with the adoptive family and meet them in person if desired. Many birthmothers will request letters, pictures, and some level of communication with the adoptive family after the adoption is finalized. The majority of our adoptions are open, but we also fully support families and birth parents who wish to have semi-open or closed adoptions. Learn More »

Is there a waiting list to adopt a baby?
We match birthmothers and adoptive families based on whether or not they are the right fit for each other, not by the order in which they come to us. Because of this, we do not have a waiting list.

Who is eligible to apply to adopt a baby with Adoption Choices of Kansas?
Adoption Choices of Kansas has far fewer restrictions than a traditional adoption agency. We serve families all over the United States and only require you to be 25 years of age or older. We have no religious belief requirements and you do not need to be a US citizen. We fully support both single parent adoption and gay and lesbian adoption, and families with other biological and/or adopted children are welcome to apply. We also accept couples who are already working with an adoption agency or professional and have not yet had any luck.

Is there a fee to apply to adopt a baby with Adoption Choices of Kansas?
No, our adoption application is 100% free. We don’t believe families should have to pay for us to review their application. The informational meeting required after completing the application — either in person or over the phone — is also free of charge.

Are all families successful in adopting a baby?
We are extremely proud of our 98% adoption success rate. We work very hard to make sure every family that comes to Adoption Choices of Kansas has a successful adoption!

Can I choose the gender and/or race of my adopted baby?
We certainly allow you to set your gender and/or race preferences when working with us. However, we usually advise hopeful parents to be as open with their preferences as they are comfortable with in order to give them the best possible chances of connecting with a birthmother.

What are the costs involved in adopting a baby?
We charge a flat fee for our marketing and support services (see “What services does Adoption Choices of Kansas provide adoptive families?” above). Payment is due with the signed contract when you begin working with us. In addition to our service fee, you’ll be responsible for other miscellaneous adoption expenses, including legal fees, home study fees, birthmother expenses, and travel expenses. Even after taking into account all adoption costs, working with us is still one of the most economical ways in the country to adopt a baby.

What birthmother expenses will we be responsible for?
Birthmother expenses can involve any reasonable pregnancy-related expense, including but not limited to housing, utilities, transportation, food, and maternity clothing. When you begin working with us, you will be able to set your budget for birthmother expenses and we will only match you with a birthmother whose needs do not exceed that.

Will we be required to cover the birthmother’s medical expenses?
In most cases, the birthmother’s prenatal care, labor, and delivery are covered by their personal medical insurance or government-issued medical insurance. We work with each birthmother to ensure they have the appropriate medical coverage during this important time.

Will we need to buy an insurance policy to cover the baby separate from our medical insurance?
The baby is usually covered under the birthmother’s insurance until the birthmother signs over her parental rights. At that point, you will need to add the baby to your insurance policy.

How soon after the baby is born can we take him or her home?
The adoptive parents must remain in the state of the baby’s birth until the official state paperwork has cleared. This generally takes between 4 and 10 days.

What happens if the birthmother changes her mind after signing the adoption papers?
Depending on state laws, birth parents typically sign the final adoption papers between 12 and 72 hours after the baby is born. After the legal papers have been signed, the birth parents no longer have any legal parental rights over the baby. Based on our experience, most birth parents who go through the adoption process are proud of their decision and rarely change their minds after signing the final adoption papers, despite how difficult it was.

Our Services, Your Adoption

We offer home study services for both domestic and international adoptions. Our Adoption Specialist will travel to your home to complete your homestudy.

Once your child is home, we complete the required post-placement supervisory visits.

These required visits enable us to assist you and your child as you settle into becoming a family.

Click here to download our post placement advice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What services does Adoption Choices of Kansas provide adoptive families?

Adoption Choices of Kansas provides a wide array of services to adoptive families. We can complete your adoption home study, assist in matching you with birth parents, and provide post placement services after you are placed with your child. We are with you every step of the way to help you build your family.

How long does the adoption process usually take?

We know the wait to adopt is daunting to many people when they are first considering adoption. We do our very best to move you through the process as swiftly as possible, while still ensuring that you find the perfect match for your family. Our wait times range from a couple of weeks to about one year. The more open your parameters are regarding race, gender, and other specifics, the less time typically spent waiting.

Do you provide grant & loan assistance?

Adoption Choices of Kansas can connect you with grant and loan resources.

The following websites provide or have information about grants and loans to assist with the adoption process:

GIFT OF ADOPTION- www.giftofadoption.org

FAMILY FORMATION TRUST- www.adoptionattorneys.org/aaaa/charitable-trust.org

NATIONAL ADOPTION FOUNDATION – www.nafadopt.org
Provides grants and loans

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR FINANCIAL EDUCATION – www.nefe.org/adoption
Provides information on how to make adoption affordable

A CHILD WAITS – www.achildwaits.org
Provides low interest loans

DAVE THOMAS FOUNDATION FOR ADOPTION – www.davethomasfoundation.com
Provides grants assistance & general education. Also provides prototypes for employer assistance programs

MILITARY SUBSIDES
Check with your local military office

ADOPTION LOANS
Check with your local bank on the availability of unsecured adoption loans, or how to qualify for a home equity line of credit. In addition, some employers allow loans against 401K plans.

RESOURCES 4 ADOPTION – www.resources4adoption.com

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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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