Kansas Foster Care and Adoption
Adoption in Kansas
About 900 children out of more than 5,000 kids in foster care in Kansas need adoption. Many of these children are age 10 and above or part of a sibling group needing to be adopted together.
According to the law in Kansas adoptive parents must be at least 18 years old with no upper age limit. This may vary depending on the type of adoption they decide to pursue. They must be able to clear a criminal background check, and have the financial means to support a child. If married, both spouses must agree with the adoption. It’s also required to complete a 30-hour training course, PS-MAPP, and no matter what type of adoption you decide to pursue, a home study will be required.
Foster Care in Kansas
To become a foster parent in Kansas applicants must meet general requirements. They must:
- Be at least 21 or older
- Be able to meet basic income guidelines
- Be free from any type of assistance including, but not limited to, Section 8 Housing, food stamps, TANF, or Medicaid
- Be able to provide adequate bedroom space that meets local fire codes and have a separate bed for each child
- Have reliable transportation
- Be willing to complete 30 hours of free training in “Trauma-Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanency – Model Approach for Partnerships in Parenting” (TIPS-MAPP)
- Agree to use non-physical discipline for children
- Be willing for everyone in their household to undergo complete background checks.
- All licensees will be fingerprinted as a part of the federal Adam Walsh Act
Families wishing to foster must also be licensed through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
TIPS-MAPP training is a free ten-week course, led by certified professionals and experienced foster parents, and is comprised of weekly three-hour meetings with some homework assignments. One or both of the TIPS-MAPP leaders will also visit the prospective family in their home for a minimum of two home consultations.
Once the applicant and the caregivers in his/her home have completed the TIPS-MAPP training class and decide that they wish to become a licensed foster family, they will be assigned a Family Service Coordinator who will guide them through their journey. Once licensing forms are received and approved, KDHE will contact them to schedule a final health and safety check of their home prior to issuing a foster care license. All prospective foster parents are also required to receive training in First Aid and CPR, Medication Administration, and Universal Precautions.
Full licensure can take up to six months. If all required trainings and application paperwork are completed in a timely manner, a temporary license could potentially be received to take placement within 30 to 60 days of the application submission to KDHE.
Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing adoption and foster care services and helpful information.
Kansas Department for Children and Families
Kansas DCF’s mission is to protect children, promote healthy families and encourage personal responsibility. The agency provides Child Support, Economic and Employment, Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Prevention and Protection and Rehabilitation Services.
DCF contracts with private agencies that are responsible for providing foster care services including case planning, placement, life skills and foster parent recruitment and training. DCF social workers are responsible for supervising the safety and wellbeing of the children who are in foster homes and monitor the progress they are making toward being able to return to their family home or finding another permanent home.
555 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66603
Phone: (785) 296-3271
Adoption & Beyond
Adoption & Beyond is a not-for-profit child placing agency licensed by the states of Kansas and Missouri. The agency assists with domestic, embryo, international and private adoptive services, home study assessments, as well as post-adoption services.
Adoption & Beyond also provides an adoption workshop for their families to prepare them for the adoption process and to provide skills for parenting a child through adoption.
16236 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66085
Adoption Centre of Kansas
The Adoption Centre of Kansas is a full service child-placing agency structured to meet the needs of all parties involved in the adoption process.
The Adoption Centre of Kansas offers complete adoptive services to traditional families wishing to adopt a child or children. Specific services offered to adoptive parents include emotional and legal counsel, drug and medical screening of all birth mothers, handling of financial accounts for birth mother living expenses, intermediate child care for those couples traveling from out-of-town, locating lodging accommodations, completion of inter-state compact requirements, and all other technical and legal requirements necessary for the completion of a successful adoption.
1831 Woodrow Avenue,
Wichita, Kansas 67203
Phone: (316) 265-5289
Adoption Option, Inc.
Adoption Option, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c)(3), licensed as a child placing agency in both Missouri and Kansas.
Adoptive family services offered by the agency include:
- Individual pre and post placement counseling for birth parents and a monthly birth parent support group
- Domestic, private and international adoption assistance
- Adoptive Home Studies for those working with this agency or for those wishing to submit a home study to an out-of-state agency, an international agency, or for a child in state custody
- Court appearances
- Internet family profiles
- Post-Adoption supervision
- Counseling for the adopted person as issues arise throughout the years
- Resource Center
8655 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210
Phone: (913) 642-7900
Adoption & Counseling Services for Families, Inc.
Adoption & Counseling Services for Families, Inc. is another licensed child placing agency in the states of Kansas and Missouri. Adoption & Counseling Services provides many needed services to help both potential adoptive parents and potential birth parents.
Among their services are:
- Adoptive Family Home Study Assessment for domestic or international adoption
- Birth Family Home Study Assessment
- Counseling regarding resolution of feelings after infertility treatment or diagnosis
- Counseling regarding feelings of grieving that occur after the placement of a child for adoption
- Consultation regarding adoption as an option in an unplanned pregnancy
- Consultation regarding adoption as a way to build a family
- Consultation regarding the various options of contact and communication available between adoptive and birth family
- Consultation regarding networking strategies for finding an appropriate birth or adoptive family
- Hospital Plan for the birth mother and potential adoptive family
- Coordination and mediation of adoption planning between birth and adoptive family
- Post-placement supervision of adoptive placement, as required by the Court or foreign government
- Court appearance
10890 Nieman Road
Overland Park, Kansas 66210.
Phone: (913) 339-6776
E-Mail: email@example.com Nancy Simons Bean, M.S.W.
American Adoptions is currently one of the largest domestic adoption agencies of its kind in the United States.
It’s a fully licensed, not-for-profit domestic adoption agency that works across the nation to serve adoptive couples, LGBT couples and single parents through their three adoption programs: The Traditional Program, involving the adoption of all non-African American healthy newborns, The Agency-Assisted Program that involves the adoption of healthy newborns of full African-American heritage or any race combined with African-American heritage, and 3 Identified Adoption Programs (An identified adoption is when an adoptive family and birth mother locate each other through their own networking avenues, without the agency's assistance).
9101 West 110th Street
2nd Floor Suite 200
Overland Park, KS 66210
827 Armstrong Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101
Christian Family Services of the Midwest
Christian Family Services of the Midwest is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, family service organization that is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri to place children into approved adoptive homes.
Christian Family Services assists adoptive parents in international adoption, International and Domestic Home Studies, and Post-Placement Supervision Services.
8249 W. 95th Street, Suite 107
Overland Park, KS 66212
DCCCA provides social and community services that improve the safety, health and well-being of those they serve. DCCCA is a licensed Child Placing Agency assisting parents in providing the best possible services for children and families believing in every child's right to a stable placement with trained foster parents who are dedicated to the child’s emotional and physical well being, educational opportunity and permanency with the birth or adoptive parents.
3312 Clinton Parkway
Lawrence, KS 66047
Kansas Children’s Service League
KCSL is a statewide not-for-profit agency that works to prevent child abuse, strengthen families and empower parents and youth. For more than 100 years, the Kansas Children’s Service League has helped children in need of care through family foster homes. As a statewide sponsor of resource homes, KCSL provides its foster families with the support, resources, and training necessary for them to give kids their best.
3545 Southwest 5th Street
Topeka, Kansas 66606
Phone: (877) 530-5275
KVC Kansas (KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.) is one of the strongest and broadest child welfare and behavioral healthcare continuums in the nation. KVC provides ongoing case management, therapy, family education and support, transportation and aftercare services, impacting thousands of children and family members each day. KVC also cares for more than 3,000 children in foster care across 30 counties in eastern Kansas.
21344 W. 153rd Street
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 499-8100
Pathway Family Services, Inc.
Licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a Child Placing Agency, Pathway Family Services, Inc. provides resources for youth and families through their Independent Living Program, TRAIL (Teens Reaching Adult Independent Living), Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility, and specialized foster care services. These services include Intensive Treatment / Therapeutic care for children with severe emotional and behavioral needs, Treatment, Specialized care for children who need an increased level of behavior management, Respite care, Emergency resource care, that involves a child who must be removed immediately from his or her home, Satellite/Family and Supportive Family Living for children who have mental retardation or developmental disabilities.
P.O Box 2224
Emporia, KS 66801
Saint Francis Community Services
Saint Francis Community Services is a non-profit, faith-based organization dedicated to the needs of children and youth. They advocate for and work to protect children in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska with a broad range of programs and services.
Saint Francis Community Services provides foster parents with professional training, respite/relief care, monthly support meetings, ongoing training opportunities, 24/7 crisis services, tax-free compensation, knowledgeable and empathetic caseworkers to help with day-to-day issues, etc.
509 East Elm Street
Salina, Kansas 67401
Phone: (785) 825-0541
TFI Family Services, Inc
TFI Family Services, Inc. is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Licensed as a child placing organization, TFI Family Services provides several levels of foster care services, including Satellite/Family Resource Home, Emergency, Respite Care, Specialized Care, Treatment Care, Therapeutic/Intensive Treatment Care, and Supportive Family Living.
Emporia, KS 66801
Wichita Children's Home
The Wichita Children's Home is the only emergency, temporary, residential care for children in the community. Open 24/7, the Home serves children from birth to 22 years of age in foster homes or in the shelter. Their services include, but are not limited to Crisis intervention, Medical care, Family mediation, Parent education, Peer counseling, Behavior modification, Street outreach to homeless and at-risk youth, Drug & alcohol abuse education, prevention and counseling, Life-skills training and assistance in preparing for and obtaining employment, etc.
The Foster Care Department trains, supervises, and supports families who care for children who are best served by one or two primary caregivers. Foster parents at WCH are provided with financial reimbursement, regular guidance and support by a trained foster care worker, valuable child care training and support, access to child care assistance through the WCH Volunteer Program, mileage reimbursement and on call Foster Care support staff 24/7.
Children in need of care are provided with:
- Emergency Homes
- Long term Homes
- Specialized Long term Homes
- Both Emergency and Long term Homes
- Adoptive Homes
810 North Holyoke
Wichita, KS 67208
Phone: (316) 684-6581
(316) 684-6581 ext 269
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Erin Teeter, Foster Care Manager)
A program division of EmberHope, Youthville specializes in foster care, parent support and residential treatment. The organization actively recruits, supports, trains and licenses compassionate foster families. The services include 24-hour support by dedicated professional staff, specialized training, financial assistance through tax-free daily rate payments and gifts from their generous donors (clothing, diapers, hygiene items, school supplies).
4505 E. 47th St. South,
Wichita, KS 67210