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Kansas Adoption Laws

Adoption is just one way to add joy and love to your family. But even something like growing and adding to your family is not without its legal hurdles. If you're thinking about adopting in Kansas, it helps to be familiar with the statutes that regulate who can be adopted, by whom, and how.

Here is an overview of adoption laws in Kansas.

State Laws on Adoption

State adoption laws can regulate who is allowed to adopt and also place special requirements for adoptive parents. Most state adoption laws are intended to protect the best interests of the person being adopted. Because the adoption process can be legally complex and involve court hearings and paperwork, an attorney can help you in understanding the law and what the legal requirements of adoptive parents will be.

Adoption Laws in Kansas

Each state has its own adoption laws, and therefore these laws can vary depending on where you live. For instance, while Kansas allows any single adult or any married couple to adopt, a married person may not adopt without their spouse's consent.

The details of Kansas's adoption laws are listed below.

Code Section

Kansas Statutes 59-21-28, et seq.: Adoption

Who May Be Adopted

Any person; adult with consent (if married, spouse's consent also)

Age that Child's Consent Needed

14 years and older and of sound intellect

Who May Adopt

Any adult or married partners jointly, except one spouse cannot adopt without the consent of other.

Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?

Not required

State Agency/Court

Dept. for Children and Families/District

Statute of Limitations to Challenge

Not specified

Although Kansas law allows any person to be adopted, after the age of 14, the prospective adoptee must give their consent to the adoption. Kansas, like most other states, has adoption courts specifically designed to hear adoption proceedings and protect the best interests of the adoptee.

Resources for Kansas Adoption Laws

The decision to adopt should not be taken lightly, as it can have serious emotional and legal consequences. You can visit FindLaw's section on Adoption to find additional articles and information on this topic.

Get Legal Help With an Adoption

Adoption is a complex process that comes with several legal hurdles. An attorney can help you navigate these difficult, state-specific laws and advocate for you and your future child.

You should consult with a Kansas adoption attorney in your area if you would like legal assistance regarding an adoption matter.

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