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Adoption Attorney in Overland Park, Kansas

Adopting a child is one of the most rewarding and transformative experiences a person can undertake. The journey is often filled with moments of anticipation, joy, and sometimes, uncertainty. As an adoption attorney, I understand the emotional roller coaster that comes with the process.

At Rundberg Law, LLC, I have the knowledge, resources, and experience to lead you down this path for your family. Located in Overland Park, Kansas, my firm caters to clients throughout Johnson County, Kansas, and Missouri. I am committed to guiding you through every step of the adoption process, providing the support and compassion you need to realize your dream of expanding your family. 

Understanding Adoption in Kansas 

Kansas offers a variety of options for individuals and couples looking to expand their families. Whether you're considering agency adoptions, independent adoptions, or identified adoptions, it's crucial to understand the unique procedures and requirements associated with each type.  

In agency adoptions, public or private agencies facilitate the placement of a child with adoptive parents. Public agencies typically work with children who have become wards of the state due to abandonment, abuse, or orphanhood. Private agencies, run by charities or social service organizations, often involve birth parents voluntarily placing their child for adoption. 

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Independent adoptions, known as private or direct placement adoptions, do not involve a public or private agency. Birth parents and adoptive parents may directly contact each other or use an intermediary such as an attorney, doctor, or clergyperson. It is essential to navigate the legal paperwork and details with the help of an attorney to ensure compliance with Kansas adoption laws. 

Identified adoptions are a hybrid of agency and independent adoptions. Birth parents and prospective adoptive parents find each other, and then an adoption agency takes over the remaining adoption process. This type of adoption allows for the benefits of agency involvement while still maintaining a connection between birth parents and adoptive parents. 

Exploring Adoption in Missouri 

Adoption in Missouri follows similar principles to Kansas, with various options available to prospective adoptive parents. Understanding the basics of adoption in Missouri can help you make informed decisions throughout the process. 

Like Kansas, Missouri offers agency adoptions, independent adoptions, and identified adoptions.

Both Kansas and Missouri also have specific requirements for adoptive parents. In Kansas and Missouri, adoptive parents must be at least 18 years old. Additionally, both states conduct background checks, health screenings, and home assessments to ensure the safety and suitability of adoptive parents. 

The Adoption Process 

Embarking on the adoption journey involves several steps and procedures. While the process may vary depending on the type of adoption and the specific circumstances, there are common elements that apply to most adoptions in Kansas and Missouri. 

The first step is to schedule an initial consultation with my firm. During this meeting, I will discuss your adoption goals, answer any questions you may have, and provide an overview of the adoption process. 

Both Kansas and Missouri require a home study as part of the adoption process. A home study involves a thorough assessment of your home environment, background checks, interviews, and documentation to ensure your suitability as adoptive parents. 

Prospective adoptive parents are typically required to complete adoption education and training programs. These programs provide valuable information about the adoption process, parenting techniques, and post-adoption support. 

Once you have completed the necessary requirements, the placement process begins. This involves matching you with a child who is legally available for adoption and ensuring a smooth transition for both the child and adoptive parents. 

The final step in the adoption process is the legal finalization. This typically involves appearing before a judge to finalize the adoption and obtain a new birth certificate for the child. 

Adoption Attorney Serving Overland Park, Kansas

Adopting a child is a life-changing decision with unique challenges and rewards. It's a journey filled with joy, anticipation, and sometimes uncertainty. At Rundberg Law, LLC, I am committed to making this journey as smooth and rewarding as possible for you. I understand the adoption process and am here to guide you every step of the way. With my experience and dedication, I can help make your dream of becoming a parent a reality.