Hopeful adoptive families and expecting mothers in the Topeka area may be wondering what adoption resources are available to them. Fortunately, you can find information and professionals to help you at every step of the process. If you live in or near Lawrence, the following page will provide you with a collection of local adoption agencies, foster care professionals, home study providers, and more.
Topeka Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
Whether you are a pregnant mother or a family hoping to adopt, your first step in the adoption process will be choosing a professional. If you are ready to start the process and looking for the right professional, you can start your search by visiting the pages of the following local agencies and professionals:
Foster Care Professionals in Topeka
If you are hoping to become foster parents or adopt through foster care, you must meet your state’s foster care requirements first. In order to pursue foster care in Kansas, you must:
- Complete basic background checks
- Pass a home study
- Complete the 30-hour PS-MAPP training program
To learn more about the foster care process or get started on the road to becoming licensed, contact one of your nearby foster care professionals:
Home Study Providers
The home study is the process that determines whether an adoptive family’s home is safe and ready for a child. It requires a state-licensed social worker to conduct a background check, a home inspection, and a series of interviews.
Because the home study can take up to a few months, it is recommended that you get started as soon as possible. To begin the home study or to find more information, contact one of the following professionals:
- Adoption Option, Inc.
At Adoption Option, Inc., you can get your home study completed by a Kansas-licensed social worker who can also provide other pre- and post-adoption services.
- American Adoptions
This national adoption agency is licensed in six states to complete home studies, with their main office being in Kansas.
- Adoption & Beyond
At Adoption & Beyond, you can find an experienced and licensed professional to conduct your home study and clear you for adoption.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Kansas home study providers.
Hospitals in Topeka
If you are a pregnant mother and pursuing adoption, you will want to work with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to plan your hospital stay. By creating a hospital plan, you can let those involved in your adoption know how you want the big day to proceed and who you want to be there with you.
To get started or find more information, you can contact a nearby hospital:
- St. Francis Health
1700 SW 7th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66606
- Stormont-Vail Healthcare
1500 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66604
Laws and Requirements to Adopt in Kansas
If you are pursuing adoption, you should become aware of the laws that regulate the adoption process and protect the rights of everyone involved. To learn more about the details of adoption regulations and requirements, visit our page on How to Adopt in Kansas. For an overview on adoption laws pertaining to birth parents and adoptive families, read the sections below.
In order for a child to be legally adopted, the rights of both birth parents must be terminated. Kansas consent laws require a 12-hour wait after giving birth before a mother can legally terminate her parental rights. This waiting time protects you from making a legal decision while in a compromised state.
The father of the child may consent to the adoption up to six months before the adoption takes place. If he cannot be located or you cannot obtain his consent for another reason, speak to your adoption professional about your options.
In Kansas, the basic requirements for adoption eligibility state that any adult or husband-wife couple may adopt a child. Additionally, your adoption professional may have its own set of requirements that you must meet in order to work with them. Other criteria for eligibility can include age, marital status, or religious affiliation. If you have any concerns about your adoption eligibility, speak to your professional.
County District Courts
All adoptions must be finalized in court before they are legally recognized. This usually takes place about six months after you take your baby home, and your adoption professional will give you more information closer to the date of your finalization. In the meantime, you can visit the Shawnee County Court website for more information on court proceedings in your area.
Things to Do in Topeka
When families adopt in a state other than their home state, they must remain in the birth mother’s state for 7-10 days to wait for legal clearance. If you are adopting in Topeka from out of state, here are some things you can do during your time in the city: