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From Heart to Home Infant Adoption
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose From Heart to Home Infant Adoption?
Throughout KCSL’s history, adoption has been a core service making us experts within the field. From Heart to Home 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 adoption - birth parents, adoptive parents and child. And after the adoption is finalized, we are available to your family as needed, whether that’s six weeks, six months or 16 years after the adoption. With From Heart to Home, you have the opportunity to work with an agency you can trust to help make your dream of a family come true.

Who are the birth parents From Heart to Home Infant Adoption 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 KCSL makes From Heart to Home Infant Adoption an appealing option.

How long will I have to wait?
From Heart to Home 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) and 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.

What happens when I'm selected by the birth parents?
You will get the chance to review the information we have about them and, depending on the type of adoption you choose, you may have the opportunity to correspond with or meet them. Depending on where the adoption will take place, we’ll explain to you the legal requirements and assist with paperwork. If you are not selected by the birth parents, we’ll continue to work to find the right match for you.

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, for which the timeframe varies from state to state. In Kansas, 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.

Can the birth parents change their mind?
Our staff pride themselves in their work with birth parents. We 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.

Am I too old to adopt a baby?
While there is no maximum age 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.

What are the different types of adoption?
Private Adoptions: A private adoption is one in which no adoption agency is involved. These types of adoptions are usually done through an attorney. The birthparents will relinquish their parental rights directly to the adoptive family.

Facilitated Adoptions: This type of adoption involves a person or organization that will often act as an intermediary (or facilitator) to match up or bring together a prospective adoptive parent with a birth mother wishing to place her child. An intermediary or child adoption facilitator is any person or entity that is not an approved or licensed child adoption agency. Kansas strictly prohibits any use of child adoption facilitators or intermediaries.

International Adoptions: The adoption of a child from a country outside of the United States.

Agency Adoption: In an agency child adoption you are being helped by an agency that is licensed in their state to place children for adoption. They have a license and the responsibility to watch out for adoptive families, birth parents and the child. The licensed child adoption agency will typically screen all birth parents and obtain complete medical history. The adoption agency can also help coordinate the birth mother’s prenatal and hospital care to help make sure the birth mother and the baby receives the best care. The agency can also provide counseling to the birth parents, and therefore reduce the chances of the birth parents changing their mind. The agency will also ensure that the adoptive family and birth parents have met all the requirements of the states involved and provide a full range of professional services as they are needed.
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