Adoption is not an easy decision and if you are considering adoption, you likely have many questions regarding the process. Below are some frequently asked questions from expectant mothers.
How do I know the adoptive families are safe?
Adoptive parents must have a home study where a social worker goes into their home to make sure it’s appropriate and safe for a child. Adoptive parents are also required to complete background checks. The home study is then filed with the court and a judge must approve it.
What will the adoptive parents want to know about me?
Most are interested in your general health history, the general health history of the birth father (if known), and any other children to ensure medical care for the child as they grow. Adoptive couples hope to get to know things about you that they can share with the child. Ultimately you can share as much or as little as you are comfortable sharing.
Will I have to pay for the adoption?
Adoption costs you nothing. All costs including uncovered medical the adoptive parents pay for.
What if I change my mind about the adoption?
Nothing obligates you to an adoption until you sign your consent after the birth of the child. You will have an attorney to ensure your decision is freely and voluntary and what you wish for the child.
Do I have to tell the baby’s father about the adoption?
The biological father does need to be informed of your pregnancy. You adoption team can help with that if he doesn’t know. You do not have to share details of the adoption with him. However, this is an important piece of the adoption and should be openly discussed with your team.
What if I’m not sure who or where the father is?
An adoption is still available. Notice will be published in a newspaper where conception occurred.
Do I need my own lawyer?
You do not need your own lawyer. At the time of signing a lawyer will be present to represent you regarding your interests. You are more than welcome to obtain you own attorney and that cost will be paid for by the adoptive parents.
What will happen at the hospital?
You are in control regarding delivery and when you’re ready to sign. You will fill out a birth plan that will be sent to the hospital as a guide for the hospital and all parties.
Am I required to appear in court?
No, you are not required to appear in court in Kansas in most cases.
If you’re considering adoption, call us at 316-267-2000 and we will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.