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Practice Areas


Every adoption is unique and demands a professional you can trust.

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Practice Areas


Every adoption is unique and demands a professional you can trust.

EXPLORE THE areas of adoption law practiceD AT WILLIAMS FAMILY LAW.

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Domestic Adoption


private adoption  • agency adoption • step parent adoption • and more...

Domestic Adoption


private adoption  • agency adoption • step parent adoption • and more...

Domestic Adoption

 I work with families wishing to adopt domestically through all stages of the process, from initial consultation to finalization. Because Kansas strictly forbids attorneys from finding a child for clients, I provide pointers to help you carefully locate birth families, especially via the Internet.

There are two basic types of adoptions: open adoption and closed adoption

  • Open: Birth parents have direct contact with the adoptive parents before and after the adoption. The birth parents decide how much information they want to know or share. Together with the adoptive parents, they also decide how much contact they want with the adoptive parents and the child once the adoption is finalized. (Kansas is an open adoption state.)

 

  • Closed: Birth parents may be given some non-identifying information about the adoptive parents, but have no specific information about the adoptive parents. The adoptive parents learn about the birth parents and are given information that might help them care for the child.

Rest assured that I will provide safe and confidential services in a caring environment to assist in making decisions that best fit your family's needs. When you make the decision to adopt, and are ready to add your name to my adoptive family pool, please email me at: lisa.williams@wmsfamilylaw.com so we can begin the adoption process. 

READY TO ADOPT?

When you have made the decision to adopt, and are ready to add your name to our waiting families list, please fill out the information form below. Be aware that adding your name to our waiting list requires a payment of $1,000. This cost is nonrefundable and is not based upon your being matched. Please return the completed form and payment to my office or contact me directly for more information: 785-217-4603 .

QUICK CONTACT

Consults are scheduled between 10 am and 1 pm daily. If you are interested in a consultation, please complete the Appointment Request Form below:

Your initial appointment is free of charge.

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Placing my baby for adoption
I have read & understand the privacy policy *
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Re-Adoption


domestication of a foreign adoption • re-adoption

Re-Adoption


domestication of a foreign adoption • re-adoption

Re-adoption or Domestication of a Foreign Adoption

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For families wishing to adopt internationally, I will share my knowledge in navigating and understanding the process.

Once you return home with your child, I will assist in obtaining a state issued birth certificate through the re-adoption or other administrative process. As of April 1, 2008, if your child is adopted from a Hague Country, you should be able to obtain a United States Hague Adoption Certificate without any further legal process in your home state. 

 

If you go to:

http://adoption.state.gov/hague_convention/adoptions_from_us/certificates.php, follow the link to Form DS 5509, you can request the Certificate.  

QUICK CONTACT

Consults are scheduled daily between 10am and 1 pm. If you are interested in a consultation, please complete the Appointment Request Form below:

(the initial appointment is free of charge)

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Placing my baby for adoption
I have read & understand the privacy policy *

However, it is recommended that clients who adopt internationally complete a re-adoption in their home state. The reasons to go through the re-adoption process include changing the child's name if necessary, having Kansas documents (final adoption decree) that can be used if needed instead of using a Foreign Decree (often only one provided) and to obtain a Certificate of Birth from Kansas for foreign born children. Kansas has an administrative process to obtain the Certificate of Foreign Birth if a name change and additional documents are not needed.  A Certificate of Birth does NOT establish citizenship and the document itself will state that it is not proof of citizenship.

For information on actions you should take post adoption click here: http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/pdf/PostAdoptPaperwork.pdf

Below are helpful links for International adoption forms.  

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • Form I-600A Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition
  • Form I-600 Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative
  • Form I-800A Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country
  • Form I-800 Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative
  • Form G-28 Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Representative.
  • Form I-864A Contract Between Sponsor and Household Member
  • Form I-864 Affidavit of Support Under Section 213 of the Act
  • Form N-600 Application for Certification of Citizenship
  • Form N-600K Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under Section 322

U.S. Department of State

  • Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport or Registration
  • Form DS-230 Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration
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Waiting Families


Adoptive Family Profiles

Waiting Families


Adoptive Family Profiles

READY TO ADOPT?

If you have made the decision to adopt and are ready to add your name to our waiting family list, please fill out the information form below. Be aware that adding your name to our waiting list requires a payment of $1,000. This cost is non-refundable and is not based upon your being selected by an expectant parent. Please return the completed form and payment to my office or contact me directly at 785-232-2011 .

Family Profiles

Finding the right family for your baby can be challenging and overwhelming. I have assembled profiles of couples that I am currently working with for you to review and consider. Each of these families can provide a loving home. Click on their picture to learn more.

Todd & Heather from Wisconsin

Todd & Heather from Wisconsin

Luke & Keely from Kansas

Luke & Keely from Kansas