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From Heart to Home Kansas Infant Adoption Program
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the birth parents From Heart to Home Kansas Infant Adoption program works with?
In decades past the majority of women who chose infant adoption for their babies were teenage mothers. That’s not the case today. Now, the majority of women considering infant adoption for their child are in their 20s or 30s. Most have other children and approach the decision to place their baby for adoption out of love, knowing that they will not be able to provide adequately for the child due to their current life situation.

How do you find your birth parents?
The range of services we offer birth parents, along with aggressive outreach efforts and the distinguished reputation of our parent agency, the Kansas Children’s Service League, makes From Heart to Home Infant Adoption a very appealing option.

How long will I have to wait?
From Heart to Home Kansas Infant Adoption limits the number of adoptive parents we work with at any given time, thereby increasing the potential for a successful adoption of a baby. While we cannot make a guarantee, our goal is to have a child placed in your home within 12 months of the completion of the home assessment.

What is a home assessment (or home study)? How is it used?
Required for every infant adoption, a family assessment is a written report that details information about your family history, relationships, education and career, values, and perspectives on parenting. It is completed by a licensed social worker based on numerous visits and conversations with the prospective adoptive parents. The home assessment helps the courts, and us, determine if a stable family environment exists in order to successfully adopt a child.

Can the birth parents change their mind?
From Heart to Home Kansas Infant Adoption staff pride themselves in their work with birth parents. Our staff take the time necessary to determine whether or not infant adoption is the birth parent’s correct choice. In this way we will best serve all parties involved – you, the birth parents, and ultimately the child.

At what point will the baby be mine?
In most states, relinquishment occurs after the birth of the baby – generally within 48-72 hours. The child will then be placed in your care. However, the child will not be legally yours until after the adoption finalization – the timeframe for which varies from state to state. In Kansas, the state where the From Heart to Home Infant Adoption program operates, relinquishment of the baby can happen at 12 hours postpartum and is irrevocable; and finalization occurs in at least 30 days, but no longer than 60 days from the time consents to adopt are filed.

Am I too old to adopt a baby?
While there is no upper age limit to adopt a child, age may be one of many considerations of the birth parents when selecting adoptive parents – along with other factors such as race, income, and marital status. However, what’s most important is your ability to support and love a child.

Why choose From Heart to Home Kansas Infant Adoption?
From Heart to Home Infant Adoption is a program of the Kansas Children’s Service League, a not-for-profit agency with more than 100 years serving children and families. Throughout our history, infant adoption has been a core service – making us experts within this field. From Heart to Home Infant Adoption combines our adoption expertise with our more recent work in counseling and family support services to create a unique program that meets the needs of all interconnected through infant adoption – birth parents, adoptive parents, and child. In selecting From Heart to Home Infant Adoption you have the opportunity to not only make your dream of a baby come true, but also make a positive impact on the life and future of your child’s birth parents.
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