Kansas’ adoption laws are naturally “friendly” and are designed to promote the adoption process and place children with adoring families. Kansas has many statutes that address the adoption process in Kansas, and these laws are found under Kansas Article 21 of Chapter 59. It is essential to comprehend the specific adoption laws that pertain to Kansas adoption since all state’s adoption laws are different and different elements could be required. To keep the process as efficient and uncomplicated as possible, it is advisable that you educate yourself on the adoption laws of Kansas and that you speak with our Kansas Adoption Lawyer.
Who is Permitted to Adopt a Child in Kansas
Kansas laws concerning who is eligible to adopt a child in Kansas can be found in Kansas §59-2113. In Kansas, “Any adult, or husband and wife jointly, may adopt and minor or adult as their child in the manner provided K.S.A. 59-1111 through 59-2143, except that one spouse cannot do so without the consent of the other.” These Kansas adoption statutes also require that the adopting parent(s) must be over the age of eighteen and cannot have a criminal record. An adoption applicant also has to prove that their living environment and home are safe, suitable, and they can financially and reliably provide for the child.
The Kansas Adoption Process
Before the legal process starts, it is important that you research our site for additional adoption information and speak with our adoption attorney. The Kansas adoption process, as in most states, is started by filing a petition with the court. After the petition has been filed with the court, a hearing date will be scheduled. In most cases, the adoptive child’s parents will be required to terminate their parental rights before a legal adoption can be approved by the court.
Contact an Experienced Kansas Adoption Attorney Today
Kansas Attorney Tom McDowell has decades of experience creating or growing families. He and his legal team look forward to answering your questions and successfully helping you to finalize an adoption. Call Kansas Adoption Lawyer Tom McDowell, at McDowell Chartered Legal Services today (316) 633-4322 to see how he can help you efficiently navigate the adoption process.