For adopting families and expecting mothers alike, adoption can be a long and complex process, and you may be wondering what resources and support are available to you in the Wichita area. Fortunately, you can find local professionals, home study providers, healthcare professionals, and anything else you need to pursue your adoption. The following page will provide you with everything you need to know about adoption in Wichita.
Wichita Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
If you are pursuing adoption, your first step will be choosing an adoption professional to help you. There are many different kinds of professionals, including facilitators, lawyers, law centers, and agencies. Here, you can find a list of adoption agencies and other professionals near Wichita:
Foster Care in Wichita
Parents looking to adopt older children may consider going through the foster care system. In order to become a foster parent in Kansas, you must first meet the following requirements:
- Complete orientation and training
- Undergo a background check
- Complete PS-MAPP requirements
- Pass a home study and become licensed in Kansas
For more information, or to begin the foster care adoption process, contact one of your local agencies:
Home Study Professionals
Before you are cleared to adopt a child, you must first complete a home study. The process can take up to a few months and consists of a series of background checks, a home inspection, and an interview.
It is recommended that you begin the home study process as soon as possible. To get started, contact one of the following Kansas-licensed social workers:
- Adoption Social Work Service
The social workers at Adoption Social Work Service are located in Wichita and can help you complete a home study for foster care or adoption.
- American Adoptions
American Adoptions is a national, full-service adoption agency that is licensed to conduct home studies in six states, including Kansas.
- Adoption & Beyond
At Adoption & Beyond, you can find resources, information, and assistance for each step of the adoption process, including the home study.
- Holt International
Holt International is staffed with multiple social workers who are licensed in Kansas. By following the link, you can find their contact information to get your home study started.
Hospitals near Wichita
Pregnant mothers who are considering adoption must also consider their hospital plan as their due date approaches. If you are planning your hospital stay, you can work with your adoption specialist to determine where and how you would like to have your baby, who you want to be present with you, and how much contact you would like with your baby and the adoptive family on the big day.
To help you plan your hospital stay, you can contact one of the following Wichita hospitals for more information on their facilities:
- Wesley Healthcare
550 N. Hillside
Wichita, KS 67214
- Via Christa Hospital St. Joseph
3600 E. Harry Street
Wichita, KS 67218
Kansas Adoption Law and Eligibility
Anyone who adopts or places a child for adoption in Wichita must comply with Kansas law. Detailed information on the process can be found on our How to Adopt in Kansas page, and below, you will find a summary of adoption laws and requirements that affect prospective birth parents and adoptive parents.
As the parent to your unborn child, you must legally consent to the adoption by signing relinquishment papers after giving birth. The state of Kansas does not allow a mother’s parental rights to be terminated until at least 12 hours after delivery; this protects you from making a decision in a compromised state.
The father of the child may give his consent up to six months prior to the adoption. In certain cases, a court may be able to terminate a father’s parental rights without his consent. If you are unable to obtain his consent for any reason, speak to your adoption specialist or attorney about your options, and visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway for more details.
To be eligible to adopt in Kansas, you must complete your home study and meet the state’s basic requirements. In Kansas, any individual may adopt a child, as well as a husband and wife if they are adopting jointly. Be sure to speak to your adoption professional about any questions or about any additional eligibility requirements they may have.
County Court Information
All adoptions must be finalized in court. If you are adopting a child, you can expect finalization to take place around six months after you take your baby home. During those six months, a social worker will conduct post-placement visits to make sure you and your baby are adjusting, and then you will be notified when it is time for your hearing. To learn more about the court system in your area, visit the Sedgwick County District Court page.
Things to Do in Wichita
Families adopting in Wichita from another state must wait for certain legal processes to be complete before they can take their baby home. This usually takes about 7-10 business days. While you wait, you can visit one of the following Wichita attractions: