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From Heart to Home Kansas Infant Adoption Program
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Unplanned or crisis pregnancy? Considering adoption?

If you are pregnant and not sure you will be able to raise your child, you may consider infant adoption. You may feel that you are facing too many obstacles in your life right now (financially, socially or emotionally) and want to make a wise and loving decision for your baby. From Heart to Home Infant Adoption program offers Kansas birth families hopeful solutions and choices.

If you have more questions about infant adoption or would like to talk with one of our professional staff, please call us:
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Meet Our Staff

Melinda Kline, LMSW, serves KCSL as a Family Services Supervisor. She manages the statewide adoption exchange program (Adopt Kansas Kids), Adoption Search and most recently the From Heart to Home Infant Adoption program. She dedicates a certain number of hours each week to clinical services for youth and families at KCSL and is working towards completing her clinical licensure, Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW). Melinda also serves as an adjunct professor for the Human Services and Social Work Departments of Washburn University. Melinda has a Bachelor of Arts in human services from Ottawa University and bachelor’s and master's degrees in social work from Washburn University.

Melinda is a wife and the mother of four and loves living life in the country. She loves fishing, reading, nature walks and caring for people and animals. She has nearly 30 years of experience in human services with over five of those year working in the field of adoption.


Jennifer Stoffel is KCSL’s Adoptive Family Specialist for the From Heart to Home Infant Adoption program. Jennifer graduated from Wichita State University in 1993 with her bachelor’s degree in social work. She is licensed by the state of Kansas. Jennifer is so excited and happy to be back working in adoption for KCSL. She first came to KCSL in 2007 and worked in the adoption field as a Wendy Wonderful Kids Adoption Recruiter for children who need an adoptive home that have been in foster care and need more individualized and specific recruitment in order to find them a family. She then moved to a position at KCSL as a Resource Home Social Worker providing support to foster and adoptive families affiliated with KCSL until July 2012. She then took a position as a Case Manager at the Workforce Alliance as to gain further experience working with low income youth with barriers who needed support and resources to complete their educational and career goals.

Jennifer has over 20 years of social work experience and 15 of those are in foster care and adoption. She began her career at Gerard House, a maternity home for unwed mothers. She provided counseling to clients in the areas of parenting education, life skills, independent living, budgeting, and maternal, fetal and child development. She also assisted clients with secondary education, vocational training, employment and obtaining new living arrangements. Jennifer also worked at Lutheran Social Services as an Adoption Social Worker when privatization first started in the state. She wrote home studies, helped match families with children available for adoption, taught MAPP classes and also managed a caseload of children who were going to be adopted. This experience started her passion for adoption and working with both families and children. She has a big heart for adoption and is proud to work in the field to help families through the process.

Jennifer is also a wife of a firefighter and a mother of two. She is also a big animal lover and would rescue every dog and cat that needed a home if she could. She enjoys living in the country and working out in the yard and fixing up her old farmhouse. Jennifer is also a big fan of watching Wichita State Shockers basketball and Steelers football.


Angela McDaniel, LBSW, is a Birth Parent Specialist at KCSL. She provides support to birth parents who are trying to locate an adoptive family for their child. Angela has been with KCSL since 2002 in multiple capacities. Prior to moving into her current position in March 2014, she worked for over six years as a Resource Home Social Worker providing support to foster and adoptive families affiliated with KCSL. She also worked in the Quality Management department monitoring levels of care for children in State’s custody followed by working several years as a Placement Specialists who would locate and move placements for children in State’s custody.

Angela has over 20 years of social work experience. She began her career at the Department of Children and Families (DCF), formerly known as the Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services. In her five years with DCF, she spent the majority of her time working on the Family Preservation team. At that time the Menninger Foundation was still in Topeka, and Angela and her colleagues received three hours of consultation weekly from Menninger staff. It was a tremendous learning experience for a newly licensed social worker. When the privatization of the State’s child welfare services began, she left DCF and went to work for a sub-contractor, Lutheran Social Services. There Angela worked directly with children, youth and families who were entering or who had been part of the foster care system. Taking on a new challenge, Angela worked for Valeo Behavioral Health as a case manager for adults with mental health issues for four years.

Angela is a life-long Topekan who enjoys learning and living a quiet life. She enjoys ‘true crime’ shows and getting together regularly with friends.

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Additional Information

Information for Birth Parents
If you are pregnant and not sure that you will be able to raise your baby, you might be thinking about infant adoption. It can be a very confusing time for a woman, even in the best of circumstances. If you are leaning toward infant adoption, From Heart to Home Kansas Infant Adoption can help.
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Information for Prospective Adoptive Parents
The decision to adopt a child can be a complicated and emotional one to make. We understand your fears. We know the gravity of the emotional and financial risk you are considering. We can answer your questions about infant adoption.
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