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How to Place a Baby for Adoption in Kansas in 5 Steps

And Why You’re Never ‘Giving Up’ When You Choose this Option

Facing an unplanned pregnancy is overwhelming, and deciding what to do next is likely the biggest decision you’ve ever had to make.

Nobody can tell you which of your unplanned pregnancy options is the right one for you; that decision needs to be made by you and you alone. It’s up to you to learn as much as you can about all of your choices before making your decision, so that you fully understand the options available to you. This is a critical first step in making an informed decision that’s right for you.

For many women, that decision is putting a baby up for adoption in Kansas. This is a big choice, and you probably have a lot of questions. To help you understand the adoption process, this article covers the basics of placing a baby for adoption in the state of Kansas.

However, if you have any questions as you’re reading, or if you want to learn more about “giving a baby up” for adoption in Kansas and your other unplanned pregnancy options, you can always reach us at 1-800-ADOPTION or request more information here — for free and with no obligation. American Adoptions is a leading national adoption agency, and we've been assisting pregnant women through the adoption process for nearly 30 years. With our home offices located right here in Kansas, we also offer the unique advantages you'll only find with a local agency that's familiar with your state's adoption laws and processes. You can find our national offices at: 

7500 W. 110th St.
Suite 500
Overland Park, KS 66210

While every woman’s situation is unique, and every adoption process is somewhat different, the following is a general overview of how to “give up” a baby for adoption in Kansas:

Step 1: Decide If Adoption Is the Right Path for You

Placing a baby for adoption can be an incredibly rewarding solution to an unplanned pregnancy, but it’s not your only choice. In general, there are three options for an unplanned pregnancy in Kansas:

  1. Parenting

  2. Abortion

  3. Adoption

While this article is going to focus on the third option, it’s important to educate yourself about all of these choices so you can make an informed decision that’s right for you. If you think that decision might be adoption, read on to learn what you need to know.

You are not “Giving Up” or “Giving Away” Your Baby

First of all, while many people refer to placing a baby for adoption as “putting a baby up for adoption” or “giving a baby up for adoption” in Kansas, this language tends to suggest that women who choose adoption for their children are abandoning them or “giving a baby away.” That isn’t the case at all.

“Giving up” a baby for adoption in Kansas is never a decision that’s made lightly. “Giving your baby up” for adoption is something that’s done out of love for your child and because you want to give them the best life possible, even if you’re not in a position to raise them yourself. Adoption is a brave, selfless and loving act.

Other Things to Consider as You Make this Choice

Adoption can be an overwhelming concept, and you probably have a lot of questions you’ll need answered before you can decide whether it’s right for you. Many pregnant women who are considering adoption in KS have the same questions, such as:

  • “Can I stay in touch and have a relationship with my child and their adoptive family?”

  • “In Kansas, does the baby's father need to be involved in the adoption process?”

  • “Is adoption free? Can I get paid for adoption in Kansas?”

To start answering those questions, you can read more about open adoption, financial help for adoption-related expenses and birth father rights in Kansas or talk with an adoption specialist for free at 1-800-ADOPTION.

Step 2: Make Your Adoption Plan

The most important thing to understand is that you are 100 percent in charge of your adoption plan when you’re “giving your infant up” for adoption in Kansas. That means that you’re in control of every aspect of your adoption, including:

  • What kind of family you envision your child having

  • How you’d like your delivery in the hospital to go

  • How much contact you wish to have with the family before and after the adoption is finalized

  • And more

You’ll make these choices by creating an adoption plan with your adoption specialist. She’ll ask you detailed questions about your hopes and preferences for your adoption process and help you work through any choices you’re not sure about. You choose your child’s family, you choose who is in the hospital to support you, and you decide how you envision your Kansas adoption going every step of the way. We’re here to help you make it happen.

Step 3: Choose the Adoptive Family

Many pregnant women considering adoption in Kansas worry that choosing an adoptive family to raise their child will be difficult, but most actually find it to be a very reassuring part of the process. When you’re putting a child up for adoption in Kansas, you may be surprised to find that you’ll simply know the right family when you see their profile.

You also have peace of mind knowing that every family who works with American Adoptions is:

  • Fully committed to adoption and is excited to raise and love an adopted child

  • Home study-approved by the state of Kansas (or whatever state they live in) and cleared by various background checks and clearances

  • Excited to get to know you and create a relationship with you through phone calls, email and more both before the adoption is finalized and after to whatever extent you’re comfortable with

Your American Adoptions specialist will work with you one-on-one to learn about the kind of family you picture your child growing up with: where they’d live, if they’d have siblings or pets, where they’d travel, what they’d learn and be raised to value, what their parents would be like and interested in, and more. Your adoption specialist will show you profiles of potential adoptive families in Kansas and across the country who match what you’re looking for and will then arrange conference call conversations with families that you like until you find the family that you feel excited about.

You’ll be able to ask potential parents questions, get to know them and talk about your shared dreams for your baby. Once you’ve chosen an adoptive family for “giving a newborn up” for adoption in Kansas, you’ll be able to continue communicating with them until the baby is born, and if you place your baby, you’ll have the opportunity to keep in touch with them throughout your child’s life. Many women who have put a baby up for adoption in KS feel that they gain extended family members through their child’s family! It can be a lifelong bond built through love and adoption.

Learn more about how to find an adoptive family in Kansas here.

Step 4: Make Your Birth Plan

When you’re considering adoption in KS, having a clear plan for your time in the hospital leading up to the delivery can help you feel more calm and prepared. Your adoption specialist will work with you to create a birth plan that fits best for you. You’ll decide:

  • Who holds your baby first, and when

  • Who you’d like with you in the hospital and/or delivery room

  • How much time you’d like to spend with your baby

  • How much you’d like the adoptive family to be involved in welcoming the baby

  • If you’d like your baby to have a little gift from you, such as a letter, group photo, or a special leaving-the-hospital outfit

  • And more

Once the baby is born, you’re required to wait at least 12 hours before you can sign adoption consent forms according to Kansas adoption law. This waiting period gives you some additional time to be very sure that you’re ready to put your baby up for adoption in KS and lets any medications from the labor leave your system before you offer consent.

Your adoption specialist will talk you through the adoption consent papers to “give a child up” for adoption in Kansas and offer counseling, if you need it. Signing adoption consent papers means that you’re voluntarily terminating your legal parental rights, and that you’re placing your child with their adoptive parents. You can change your mind about your adoption plan at any time before you give your legal consent to the adoption, but it’s very important to be sure of your decision before you sign these papers.

Step 5: Adjust to Post-Adoption Life

After the adoption is complete, you’re officially a “birth parent!” Birth parents play a special and unique role in their child’s life.

While choosing adoption is an option that can benefit everyone involved, putting an infant up for adoption in KS is still emotionally difficult. While some birth parents heal quickly after “giving up” a baby for adoption in Kansas, for others it requires additional post-adoption counseling to work through conflicting emotions. Remember that American Adoptions is always available for free, 24/7 counseling, both for those who are still considering adoption in Kansas or completing the process, and can also offer referrals to local adoption counselors for those who are healing post-adoption.

Many women also find it helpful to stay in touch with their child and the adoptive family through an open adoption. The amount of ongoing contact you have with the adoptive family after the adoption is decided by you. Contact can occur through:

  • Letters

  • Photos

  • Emails

  • Texts

  • Videos

  • Skype

  • Calls

  • Visits

  • Or in whatever way you all feel comfortable with

If you aren’t comfortable maintaining communication with your child’s family directly, you can always keep in touch through a semi-open adoption mediated by American Adoptions. Some birth parents have a very informal, open relationship with their child and their child’s family. Others only exchange occasional contact, or prefer to have a more closed adoption. This is entirely up to you, and adoption triad relationships often grow and evolve naturally over time.

‘Giving your baby up” for adoption in Kansas doesn’t mean saying “goodbye” forever. You can learn more about the Kansas adoption process and the ways in which you can create an adoption plan that’s tailored to your adoption vision by calling 1-800-ADOPTION now for obligation-free information, and you can also request more free information online.

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