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Navigating the Adoption Process in Kansas 

Adoption is a wonderful thing that offers children a loving home and parents a sense of fulfillment. However, it can also be an extremely stressful and complicated process to adopt a child. If you are considering adoption, it is important to hire an experienced adoption attorney to ensure your rights are protected and to make sure you are prepared for all possible outcomes.

At Caffey, Johnson & Ingels, our Manhattan adoption attorney can help you through the adoption process. We have helped numerous families.

Contact us online or call our firm today at (785) 434-3005 to speak with a Manhattan adoption attorney.

Understanding the Adoption Timeline in Kansas

In Kansas, the timeline of an adoption will depend on the type of adoption you are pursuing. The most common types of adoption are:

  • Foster care adoption – This type of adoption involves a child who has been placed in the care of a foster parent. This can be a very short process, depending on the foster parent's willingness to give up parental rights. Most foster parents will be willing to do so in order to make the child's transition into a permanent home easier.
  • Relative adoption – This type of adoption involves a child being placed in the home of a relative. This type of adoption process can take longer than a foster care adoption because of the need to verify the relationship between the child and the relative.
  • Interstate and international adoption – These types of adoptions can take longer due to the need for more extensive background checks.

Step-by-Step Guide to Adoption in Kansas

The adoption process varies depending on the type of adoption being pursued. However, in order to adopt a child, the following steps must be taken:

  • Completing an application – This application will ask for information about yourself, your family, and your home.
  • Completing an adoption training – Kansas law requires that adoptive parents participate in an adoption training program.
  • Completing a home study – A social worker will visit your home to ensure it is a safe environment for a child.
  • Finding a child – There are several ways to find a child to adopt. You can contact an adoption agency, search online, or contact a foster care agency.
  • Applying to adopt – Once you have found a child to adopt, you will apply to adopt through the Kansas Department of Children and Families.
  • Hearing – If your application is approved, you will be scheduled for a hearing. This is where the judge will grant the final order of adoption.
  • Post-adoption services – After the adoption, you can contact the Department of Children and Families to see if post-adoption services are available.

Get Expert Adoption Assistance in Manhattan

Adoption is a complicated process that often leads to legal issues. If you are considering adoption, it is important to hire an experienced adoption attorney to ensure your rights are protected and to make sure you are prepared for all possible outcomes.

Call (785) 434-3005 our Manhattan adoption attorney or contact us online today for personalized guidance.

Caffey, Johnson & Ingels

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    Miranda B. Johnson
    Attorney & Partner
    Miranda B. Johnson received her Juris Doctorate from the Washburn University School of Law in 2006. Her areas of practice include Divorce and Family Law, Child in Need of Care, Juvenile Offender, Child Support Enforcement and Collections, Adoption, ...
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    Lora D. Ingels
    Attorney & Partner
    Lora D. Ingels is a Kansas native, graduating magna cum laude from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s in political science. Ms. Ingels received her Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in 2006, and was admitted to practice in Kansas in 2006. ...
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    Erik E. Hageman
    Associate Attorney
    Erik E. Hageman, a native of Abilene Kansas worked for Caffey, Johnson & Ingels, P.A. for three years while he attended Kansas State University. During undergrad he also worked for the Dickinson County Attorney’s Office in Abilene. Erik received his ...

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