When Can I Choose Adoption in Kansas?
By Jaclyn Prasa
Just finding out about your unexpected pregnancy can be overwhelming and stressful. But, if you feel concerned about making the next step, that is OK. Adoption Choices of Kansas is here to help you. If you know that you are not yet ready to take on the responsibility of raising a child, then choosing adoption in Kansas may be a lovely option for you.
How Far Along Do I Need to be to Choose Adoption?
This is a common question that most birth mothers ask. During any stage in your pregnancy, you are able to choose adoption in Wichita. If you have just found out that you are pregnant, you are able to contact Adoption Choices of Kansas, and we can begin your adoption process now. This is the best time to begin the process when you have time to think and plan.
Clearly, an adoption plan tailored for a birth mother in the first month of pregnancy will be different compared to a birth mother in her eighth month of pregnancy. Each adoption plan is specifically designed and adapted by each birth mother to fit individual needs.
Alternatively, if you seek adoption later in your pregnancy, that is also fine. We work with mothers in every stage of their pregnancy. You can even choose adoption from the hospital or even after birth once you have brought your baby home. Adoption Choices of Kansas is more than happy to help you find a loving adoptive family ready for immediate placement.
Additionally, as you are able to choose adoption at any stage, you are also allowed to change your mind at any time. Adoption will only be finalized after you sign over consent. In the state of Kansas, after you deliver your baby, you have 12 hours until you are legally able to voluntarily terminate your parental rights. Nothing is finalized until you, the birth mother (and possibly the birth father, depending on your situation), sign over consent. Once you do, it is nonreversible, and your chosen adoptive parents will then be granted parental rights.
Resources in the Adoption Process
Once you determine that adoption is the right choice for you at any stage of your pregnancy, the next step is to contact adoption agencies in Kansas. Adoption Choices of Kansas will meet you, in a coffee shop, in your living room, or on zoom. Wherever you will be most comfortable, your personal adoption counselor will arrange it. Together the two of you will develop an adoption plan.
After the initial meeting, we will discuss the resources you may need after showing proof of pregnancy while building the adoption plan. Adoption Choices of Kansas helps birth mothers with various resources, which include financial stability, medical assistance, safe housing, and emotional support counseling. The amount of support will vary by case. If you’re a younger mother, it is common that you may need more financial support. In that case, we can offer help with rent, utilities, groceries, transportation, etc. You can continue receiving financial aid six weeks after delivery.
Prenatal care is important to ensure that you and your baby are getting vital nutrients throughout your pregnancy. Your adoption counselor can assist you in setting up appointments. Emotional health is just as important as physical health. Our counselors are offered to you 24/7. Giving up a baby for adoption can be an emotionally fatiguing experience. Therefore we recommend that you use our free and confidential counseling if you are suffering from any stress, guilt, regret, or other conflicted feelings. Counseling will be offered to you as needed, including after post-placement.
It is important to us that you feel supported throughout the adoption process. Adoption Choices of Kansas treats birthmothers with respect and dignity. It is our purpose to help you.
The Adoption Plan
You are in control of your adoption plan. You will choose an adoptive family and develop a birth/hospital plan and a post-placement plan. When choosing an adoptive family, it is important to consider the type of adoption you’d like to have. This relates to the level of openness in adoption: open, semi-open, or closed adoption. If you’d like to stay connected and part of your child’s life, an open-type plan might work best for you. Or if you’d like a clean break, to move on easier, a closed adoption might be better. This is your preference. This will determine the type of communication you will have with the adoptive family during your pregnancy and after post-placement.
These are a lot of decisions to think about, especially if you are in the early stages of your pregnancy. But this is the best time to consider adoption when you have the time. You can alter your plan, and you can change your mind at any time. Giving up your baby for adoption is a difficult but generous choice.
Adoption Choices of Kansas takes pride in being a responsive and trusting agency. Throughout your process, we will provide support and accommodation. You will never be alone. We will help you in whatever stage you are in.
Choosing adoption is not giving up. If you need unplanned pregnancy help now, Adoption Choices of Kansas serves birth parents statewide and beyond. We can help with teen pregnancy, financial assistance, difficult situations, and more. Please call us or text us to learn more! Call Us 877-903-4488 or Text Us 316-209-2071