How to Find an Adoptive Family in Kansas
As a national adoption agency, American Adoptions works with women who are pregnant and looking for adoptive parents, as well as couples looking to adopt throughout the U.S. This serves several purposes, the two biggest being:
For women choosing adoption, they’re able to choose adoptive parents for their baby from a national pool of people rather than just adoptive parents in Kansas; so you’re more likely to find a family that really feels right to you.
For adoptive families, they’re shown to a national pool of expectant mothers rather than just prospective birth mothers in Kansas, so they spend less time waiting to adopt.
No matter where you are in Kansas, American Adoptions can help you to create an adoption plan for you and your baby and find the perfect adoptive family in Kansas or anywhere else in the United States.
Here, find answers to common questions expectant mothers have about finding adoptive parents in Kansas.
Can you pick who adopts your baby?
Absolutely. You have full control over the adoption process, including choosing an adoptive family waiting to adopt.
How many families are waiting to adopt?
It’s been estimated that there are approximately 2 million couples waiting to adopt in the U.S. — so there are about 36 families waiting to adopt for every one child placed for adoption. If you’re looking for adoptive parents for your baby, there are many to choose from.
What should I look for in adoptive families?
With so many adoptive parents to choose from, how do you know which family is right for you?
When you envision the kind of life you want your baby to have, what do you see? This vision of your child’s future will be used to help you choose the right adoptive parents for you and your baby. Consider:
Where do you picture them growing up: in an urban, suburban, or rural environment? Near the ocean or mountains? Somewhere with exciting museums and fantastic schools nearby? In a small town?
Do you want them to grow up with siblings, or do you picture them as an only child? Do you picture them having older sisters or maybe younger brothers?
Do you envision them growing up around pets? In a home of dog-lovers, or will they grow up cuddling a pet cat?
What are their parents like? What do they enjoy doing together? What are their quirks and hobbies? What values will they pass on to your child?
How much contact do you want to maintain after the adoption? Yearly or monthly letters or emails? Phone calls or texts? Do you want to arrange visits for them to come to Kansas?
Having an image of the future you want for your baby will help you to choose the right parents for them. Many birth mothers go on to have an incredibly close relationship with their children’s adoptive families.
How will I know when I’ve found the right family for my baby?
This is a concern on the mind of many women who are in the beginning stages of creating an adoption plan. The answer is surprisingly simple: you’ll likely just know.
Your adoption specialist will listen to what you want for your adoption, and then show you some adoption profiles of families that fit what you’re looking for. These people who want to adopt want the same level of post-adoption contact as you do, they’re able to help support you financially during your pregnancy, and their dream adoption looks very much like yours.
When you see an adoption profile of prospective adoptive parents that makes you excited for your baby’s future, then it’s time to take the next step to see if this family is the right fit for you. Here’s how this works:
1. Pre-Placement Contact
Your adoption specialist will arrange a conference call, where you and the adoptive family will just get to know each other. You can ask questions, chat, and tell them about yourself. Even if families looking to adopt don’t live in Kansas, you can continue to communicate through emails, phone calls, and more. If you both live in Kansas, you may be able to arrange an in-person meeting with your adoption specialist.
2. At the Hospital
For many birth and adoptive families who live in separate states, the first time you meet face-to-face is when your baby is born. They’ll travel to your hospital in Kansas as soon as you go into labor, so they can be as involved as you’d like them to be in the delivery, and you can spend time together before and after the baby is born.
3. Post-Placement Contact
Adoptive families from other states will need to stay in Kansas to complete the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) paperwork process before they return home.
Afterwards, you can continue to communicate with your baby and their family however you both feel comfortable through an open adoption. Because most adoptions are open, you may request a prospective adoptive family who is willing to travel for future visits, so they may come to Kansas to visit even if they live out of state. You can view open adoption family profiles here.
What If I already know people who want to adopt my baby?
We can help you with that, too.
Whether these hopeful parents live in Kansas or across state lines, we can help you complete your adoption safely and provide you with professional counseling, medical, legal, and financial resources so that you, the adoptive parents, and your baby are taken care of throughout the adoption process and beyond. Even if you already know your baby’s future adoptive parents, it’s recommended that you complete your adoption through a professional adoption agency so that you have access to pre- and post-placement services.
To learn more about finding adoptive parents in Kansas or to begin the process of looking for adoptive parents, contact an adoption specialist now at 1-800-ADOPTION. Calling to ask questions and get information is free, confidential, and doesn’t obligate you to move forward with an adoption plan.
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