Emphasizing the value of adoption for both children and
their adoptive parents, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Friday making
November Kansas Adoption month.
“Our family has been extraordinarily
blessed by adopting two children, and they are fabulous, I highly recommend it,”
Gov. Brownback said at the proclamation ceremony.
Children available for adoption through the state of
Kansas come from varied backgrounds, circumstances, races and ethnicities. While
some have specific medical, physical or emotional issues requiring special care,
many do not. Some are part of sibling groups that want very much to stay
together as part of a new family.
Other Facts about Adoption in
- There are about 900 children available for adoption in
Kansas, and about 420 of them don’t have an adoptive resource such as a
- The adoption process through the state costs little or
- Kansas adoption is legally secure—children are not eligible
for adoption unless the courts have terminated parental rights.
adopted after age 16 from foster care are eligible
for free tuition at any state university, community college or vocational
- People interested in a Kansas adoption should visit www.adoptkskids.org or call
At the proclamation ceremony,
Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki
announced a new feature on www.srs.ks.gov that will give more exposure to
children available for adoption.
“We’ve revamped our website at
SRS, so right on the front page you’ll see kids who can be adopted,” Secretary
The Department of Social and
Rehabilitation Services is planning multiple events during November Adoption
SRS Discover Adoption
Secretary Rob Siedlecki will be joined by
adoptive families and children available for adoption at the brand new Discovery
Center in Topeka.
Monday, November 7, 1:30 p.m.
4400 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66604
Adoption and Family Celebration at the Pumpkin
SRS Secretary Siedlecki will join families for an
and read Gov. Brownback’s Adoption Proclamation on
Saturday, November 5, 11am. to 2pm.
Meier’s Pumpkin Patch
5769 NW 17th
Secretary Siedlecki will join families on Friday, November 18 from 6pm. to 8pm.
as they celebrate adoption finalizations with dinner and
Ball Conference Center
21350 West 153rd
Olathe, KS 66061
Family Adoption Finalizations
SRS Secretary Siedlecki will read Gov. Brownback’s Adoption
at adoption finalization ceremonies on Saturday, November
Wyandotte County Courthouse, 9 a.m.
701 North 7th Street
Kansas City, KS 66101-3035
Johnson County Courthouse, 10 a.m.
100 N. Kansas
Olathe, Kansas 66061
Text from Gov. Sam Brownback’s Adoption Month
children in Kansas are living in temporary foster care and need loving,
nurturing and permanent adoptive families to help them realize their full
brothers and sisters who are separated in the foster care system yearn to be
adopted by the same family; and
older youth living in foster care feel they may be too old to be adopted, yet
they want a sense of belonging that adoptive parents can provide; and
children who wait the longest for permanent homes are those with disabilities or
medical conditions who needs families to embrace them and experience the unique
rewards of adopting a child with special needs; and
adoption brings unique opportunities to forever transform a child’s life and
permanently enrich the life of the adoptive parent or family that welcomes them
approximately 420 children in Kansas do not have any adoptive resources and are
currently available to be matched with families, which is a small portion of the
115,000 children in the United States who are legally freed for adoption and are
waiting for families; and
effort along with similar celebrations in all 50 states, the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico will offer children the chance to live with stable and
loving families and encourage other dedicated individuals to make a powerful
difference in the lives of a child through adoption:
THEREFORE, I, Sam Brownback, Governor of the State of Kansas, do hereby proclaim
November 2011 as Adoption Month in the state of Kansas in hopes that the people
of this great state will open their hearts and homes to Kansas kids in the
foster care system.
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video from the Adoption Month Proclamation Ceremony.