If you are in the Kansas City, Missouri area and looking to start your adoption journey, you may be unsure of where and how to start. The following resources will help guide you through each stage of adopting in Kansas City; read on to find information about adoption agencies, foster care professionals, home study providers, and more.
Kansas City Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
Adoption agencies are one of many kinds of adoption professionals, providing comprehensive services for both birth parents and adoptive families. If you are interested in working with an agency, the following professionals can help complete your adoptions in compliance with Missouri adoption law:
- American Adoptions
- The Lighthouse
- Catholic Charities Kansas City-St. Joseph
- Michael J. Belfonte, P.C.
Kansas City Foster Care Professionals
Hopeful foster parents must meet the eligibility requirements of their home state as well as the foster care professional they work with. In the state of Missouri, foster parents must:
- Be 21 years of age or older
- Complete a background check
- Live in a home that meets licensing standards
- Complete a training program
- Express willingness to work with the child’s family
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or learning more about foster care in Kansas City, contact one of the following agencies or another local professional:
- Missouri Department of Social Services
- Downey Side
- Healthy Families 4 Kids
- Crittenton Children’s Center
Kansas City Home Study Professionals
The home study is the process in which a social worker evaluates your home and family. After a background check, a collection of documents, a home inspection, and an interview of your family, your home study provider will determine if your home is safe and ready for a child.
If you are pursuing adoption and ready to start your home study in Kansas City, you will need to find a Missouri-licensed home study provider. Below, you can find a few of the home study professionals near you:
Near Kansas City:
- Kansas City Adoption Home Studies
Started in 2013, Kansas City Adoption Home Studies has a staff of experienced social workers to help you complete your Missouri home study.
- Christian Family Services of the Midwest
Located in Overland Park, Kansas, Christian Family Services of the Midwest is licensed to complete home studies for families in both Kansas and Missouri.
- Adoption & Beyond
The Kansas- and Missouri-licensed providers at Adoption & Beyond will work with you and whatever professionals you choose to complete your home study requirements.
- Dillon International
Dillon International is licensed in six states to provide home studies, including Missouri. You can call them at their Tulsa location, and they will connect you with a Missouri social worker.
- Missouri Adoption Services
This Ozark-based adoption agency is licensed to provide home studies for families adopting either domestically or internationally.
- Barbara Cano
A social worker for Holt International, Barbara Cano has over 20 years of experience working in adoption and is licensed in Missouri.
Hospitals in Kansas City
Prospective birth mothers must work with their adoption specialist and healthcare provider to plan for the hospital trip when it is time to have the baby. If you are an expecting mother pursuing an adoption plan, you and your specialist will discuss what kind of labor and delivery experience you want, how much time you would like with your baby, and who you want to be there with you.
When you are ready to begin considering your hospital plan, you can contact one of the following hospitals in or near the Kansas City area:
- Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
4401 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
- Joseph Medical Center
1000 Carondelet Drive
Kansas City, MO 64114
- North Kansas City Hospital
2800 Clay Edwards Drive
North Kansas City, MO 64116
- Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph
5325 Faraon Street
St. Joseph, MO 64506
- Truman Medical Centers – Hospital Hill
Kansas City, MO 64108
Laws and Requirements to Adopt in Missouri
Pregnant mothers and adoptive families both have certain legal rights, responsibilities, and requirements that must be recognized during the adoption process. The following sections provide prospective birth parents and families with information on adoption law, parental consent, and eligibility in the state of Missouri.
If you are an expecting mother pursuing adoption, your parental rights must be legally terminated after the birth of the child. In the state of Missouri, you can consent to the adoption of your child no sooner than 48 hours after giving birth; this law protects you from making a decision while in a compromised state.
The father of the child can terminate his parental rights any time after the child is born. In some cases, his consent may not be necessary to legalize your child’s adoption. If you are unsure about the father’s role in your adoption plan or if he cannot be contacted, speak to your adoption specialist or an attorney about your options.
For more information on consent laws and your rights in the adoption process, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway.
Families hoping to adopt in Kansas City must comply with Missouri adoption law and eligibility requirements. Generally speaking, the state of Missouri allows anyone who completes a home study to adopt a child. For more details on adoption eligibility laws, speak with your adoption professional or read about individual state adoption requirements.
The adoption professional you choose to work with may have additional requirements, such as age, marital status, religious affiliation, and more. If you are currently looking for an adoption agency or professional, be sure that you fit into their criteria.
County Court Information
Approximately six months after an adoptive family brings their child home, they will legally finalize the adoption in court. After a series of post-placement visits from a social worker, your adoption specialist or attorney will contact you and tell you when and where to appear for your court hearing. After finalization, your adoption will be officially complete.
For more information, follow the links below to learn about Kansas City county courts:
Things to Do in Kansas City
Families adopting in Kansas City from out-of-state must remain in Missouri for 7-10 business days after placement. This allows the necessary legal processes to go through so you can bring your child home. While you wait, here are some places in Kansas City that you can visit: