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Overland Park Adoption & Foster Care Resources

Overland Park, Kansas
 

For adopting families and expecting mothers alike, the most confusing part of adoption can be figuring out where to start. If you’re in Overland Park and wondering what adoption resources are available to you, then the following page will provide you with information on adoption agencies, foster care professionals, home study providers, and more.

Overland Park Adoption Agencies and Professionals

Adoption agencies are licensed, full-service adoption professionals, meaning that they are equipped to help you with every stage of your adoption. Whether you are a prospective birth parent or adoptive family, an adoption agency can be a beneficial and convenient resource.

See the links below for information about Overland Park adoption agencies:

Foster Care Professionals in Overland Park

Parents looking to adopt an older child or provide temporary homes for children can pursue foster care in their home town. In order to be a foster parent in Overland Park, you must meet the following Kansas requirements:

  • Complete a background check
  • Complete a 30-hour PS-MAPP training program
  • Pass a home study

To learn more about foster care and available children, or to begin the process of becoming licensed, contact one of your local foster care professionals:

Home Study Providers

If you want to adopt a child in Overland Park, you must first find a Kansas-licensed social worker to conduct a home study for you. When you find a home study provider, they will help you through the process of completing a background check, home inspection, and interview to make sure your home is ready for a child.

To get your home study started, contact one of the following Kansas home study professionals:

Near Overland Park:

  • American Adoptions
    1-800-ADOPTION
    A national adoption agency with its main office in Overland Park, American adoptions is licensed in Kansas, Missouri, and four other states to conduct home studies.
  • Adoption & Beyond
    913-381-6919
    In addition to home study services, Adoption & Beyond provides a good deal of useful information and resources on their website.
  • Adoption Option, Inc.
    913-642-7900
    Adoption Option, Inc. is qualified to complete your home study as well as provide you with any necessary counseling, education, and other adoption services.

In Kansas:

  • Holt International
    402-934-5031
    The provided link to Holt International’s Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas branch lists contact information for multiple Kansas social workers.
  • Adoption Social Work Service
    316-371-7226
    Social workers Marcia Kennedy Cordes and Lana Secrest Dean have combined experience with adoption, children, and adoptive family home studies.

Hospitals near Overland Park

If you are a pregnant mother considering adoption, you will eventually need to create a hospital plan. Your adoption specialist and healthcare provider can assist you with this part of your adoption plan. When arranging for your hospital stay, you should consider where and how you want to give birth and who you want to be there with you.

As you think about your hospital trip, you can find more information about hospitals near you:

Kansas Adoption Law and Eligibility

Whether you are a family looking to adopt or a prospective birth mother, you must abide by the laws and regulations of your state to properly complete your adoption. For detailed information, you can view our How to Adopt in Kansas page, or read below for an overview of laws pertaining to birth parents and adoptive families:

Birth Parents:

Every state has unique consent laws designed to protect your parental rights and help you to make an informed adoption decision. The state of Kansas does not allow a mother’s rights to be terminated until 12 hours after the baby is born, which gives you time to make your final decision.

Similarly, the father of the child must also terminate his parental rights. He may give his consent to the adoption up to six months before the adoption takes place. If you have questions or concerns about the father’s role in your adoption, speak to your adoption attorney.

Adoptive Families:

All families must meet the basic eligibility requirements of their state in order to be able to adopt. Kansas families allow any individual or husband-and-wife couple to adopt a child, provided that they complete a home study.

Additionally, you may have to meet extra requirements put in place by your adoption professional. Speak to your particular professional if you have any questions or concerns.

County Court Information

Approximately six months after taking their baby home, an adoptive family must legally finalize their adoption in court. If you are waiting to finalize your adoption, your adoption specialist or attorney will provide you with more information before you appear in court.

For more information on court proceedings in your area, you can visit the page for the Kansas 10th Judicial District.

Things to Do in Overland Park

If you adopt a child in Overland Park from another state, you will have to remain in the state of Kansas for 7-10 business days to wait for legal clearance. In the meantime, you can find some of the following things to do in Overland Park: