Eligibility for Services

  • In order for prospective adoptive parent(s) to receive services from Adoption & Beyond, the family must reside in either Kansas or Missouri.

  • The prospective adoptive parent(s) must be at least twenty-five (25) years of age in order to apply for services with Adoption & Beyond, there should be no more than sixty (60) years of age between the adopted child and the oldest adoptive parent. This policy excludes relative adoptions.

  • If married, a family must be married a minimum of one (1) year prior to applying for services with Adoption & Beyond.

Convictions

  • Convictions for violent crimes against persons (e.g. assault, battery, abuse, sexual offense, etc.); a current warrant; currently on probation; substantiated crimes against children; or parental rights have been terminated, are unacceptable when considering the safety of a child and preclude such individuals from consideration and participation in Adoption & Beyond’s adoption services.

  • Convictions for non-violent crimes (e.g. fraud, theft, illegal drug activity, DUI, etc.), are cause for concern when considering the stability of the potential home but may not automatically exclude Adoption & Beyond from working with such individuals. Said individuals shall be subjected to a more thorough evaluation. Factors such as the number of convictions, date of last conviction and seriousness of the crime will be taken into consideration. Please discuss any criminal situations, and/or arrests with us prior to applying for Adoption & Beyond services. .

Disclosures

  • The agency understands prospective adoptive parent(s) may be apprehensive to disclose arrests, convictions, unsubstantial child abuse/neglect or significant medical conditions. However, such incidents are discovered: criminal records (including expunged records) through required state and FBI checks; incidents of child abuse/neglect through child abuse background checks; and significant medical conditions through required medical reports. The agency takes non-disclosure of any past or current said incidents/conditions very seriously. If not disclosed to the agency by the prospective adoptive parent(s) on the initial application, it can result in possible denial of application or recession of the adoptive home study approval. In addition, disclosure allows Adoption & Beyond to inform prospective clients about additional documentation they may be required to provide to the courts, other adoption professionals, or (in case the of an international adoption) to the primary provider, country of adoption and immigrations. Thus saving valuable time for the family.

Professional Referrals

  • Adoption & Beyond may refer a prospective adoptive parent to an appropriate licensed professional, such as a physician, psychiatrist, clinical social worker or professional substance abuse counselor for an evaluation and written report if Adoption & Beyond determines there are areas beyond our expertise that need to be addressed prior to providing home study approval.

Child Discipline

  • Adoption & Beyond’s policy is that adoptive parent(s) will use age-appropriate discipline techniques that will not adversely affect a child’s health, physical or psychological well-being as they grow. In addition, during the temporary custody period prior to the finalization of the adoption, adoptive parent(s) will not use corporal punishment as a form of discipline.

Parties Rights

  • The prospective adoptive parent(s) can, at any time, choose to withdraw from the adoption process. Adoption & Beyond also reserves the right to terminate services at any time when a prospective adoptive parent has acted in bad faith, conducted themselves in an unreasonable or verbally abusive manner, exhibited unreasonable expectations related to their adoption efforts, have supplied false, misleading, or omitted information, or the working relationship between the two parties cannot continue due to unresolved issues. Adoption & Beyond, in its professional judgment, will consider all circumstances in determining the suitability of interrupting or terminating the adoption process and retains the right to terminate services at any time.

Adoption & Beyond’s Agency Adoption Program

  • If entering into Adoption & Beyond’s Domestic Adoption Program, prospective adoptive parent(s) must have completed either the home study or updated home study with Adoption & Beyond, be open to adopting a child of either gender and be willing to have an open adoption with the child’s birth family before and after placement.

Unique Family Situations

  • Please consult Adoption & Beyond regarding unique family situations in relation to these general polices and guidelines.

Interested in learning more about The Ultimate Guide to Adopting a Child?  Check out our entire guide here.

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