Currently there are approximately 400 Kansas children in foster care that are without a resource, waiting to be adopted. Many of these kids will be adopted by relatives, non-relative kin, and foster parents. Others continue to wait. Children needing adoption are from all age groups, races and ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. However, the majority of waiting children are age eight and older, part of a sibling group of 3 or more, or have special needs.
Kansas children in foster care awaiting adoption receive services through one of two DCF contracted Child Welfare Case Management Contractors. These private agencies ensure children receive necessary services, are living in a safe and a supportive environment which meets their needs, and achieve timely permanency. It is the responsibility of the Case Management Contractors to determine the attributes of an adoptive family that would best suit the needs of a child in their care. Once a family is selected for a child, the Case Management agency is also responsible for coordinating pre-placement visits, developing the Adoption Placement Agreement (APA), and guiding the process through finalization. Post-adoption services (also known as aftercare) are also provided for 12 months following finalization.
Custodianship / Guardianship
Permanent custodianship or guardianship of a child can be an alternative to adoption should the child’s case management provider determine that adoption does not best meet the child’s needs.