“I think the thing about my personality that suits me for this line of work is I’m hard-wired to be kind to people… I try to be a nice person and help these young people consider every aspect of their decision in order to make the best choice for themselves and their child.”

Kevin Kenney knows that for a woman placing an unplanned pregnancy, adoption is an emotional process as well as a legal one. For more than 20 years, he has provided the compassionate legal expertise that these women need to make the best decisions for themselves and their children.

If you are considering adoption in Kansas or Missouri, read on to learn more about placing a baby for adoption in Kansas City and the services Kevin can offer to help you through the process.

Give Baby Up For Adoption: What Choosing Adoption Really Means

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, the first thing you need to understand about the adoption process is this: you are not “giving up.”

When you choose to work with Kevin Kenney to place your baby for adoption, understand that you are not “giving up” — you are actively choosing to provide your baby with a positive life, full of all the love and opportunities an adoptive family has to offer.

You will be in control of nearly every aspect of your adoption journey, from the family you choose for your baby to the amount of contact you want to share with your child after the adoption and more. As your attorney, Kevin will simply be here to offer the services and support you need throughout the process.

Kansas City Adoption Services for Expectant Mothers

Over the past 20 years, Kevin has worked with hundreds of women who have made the difficult decision to place their child for adoption. Today, he is an expert on the legal adoption process in Kansas and Missouri and can provide all of the services you need to successfully reach your adoption goals, including:

  • You may contact Kevin at any point during your pregnancy, whether you are fully committed to adoption or simply looking for more information, for a free, no-obligation consultation. He will provide as much information as possible about adoption in Kansas and Missouri to ensure you are making a fully educated decision that is best for you and your child.
  • Financial Assistance. All of Kevin’s services are always provided at no cost to you. In addition, he will help you receive allowable living expenses to cover your needs during pregnancy, including housing, transportation, groceries and more.
  • Legal Advice. The legal process is an important part of every successful adoption. When your baby is born, Kevin will work with you to ensure you are still confident in your adoption decision and will file all of the necessary legal paperwork. Throughout the process, Kevin will also provide the legal assistance you need to receive living expenses, terminate the rights of an unknown or unsupportive birth father, and more.
  • As a prospective birth mother, you are entitled to emotional counseling and support services throughout your pregnancy and even following the adoption. Kevin can help connect you with a licensed social worker or counselor to ensure you are receiving the emotional support you need from a qualified professional.
  • Additional Resources. Some expectant mothers who contact Kevin have additional adoption needs that go beyond Kevin’s services, such as finding an adoptive family. When you choose to work with Kevin, you also gain access to services provided by some of the nation’s best adoption agencies. Through his unique partnerships with agencies like American Adoptions, Kevin can connect you with all of the additional adoption services you may need, such as 24/7 counseling and support, assistance finding waiting adoptive families, and more.

Placing a Baby for Adoption in Kansas City

The adoption process may seem overwhelming when you are facing an unplanned pregnancy. It is important to work with an experienced adoption professional that you feel comfortable with and who can help guide you through each step of the process.

In this section, find more information about the adoption process with Kevin Kenney and find answers to some common questions that many expectant mothers have along the way.

Choosing Adoption: What if I’m not sure of my adoption decision?

The first step for every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy should be to learn about all of her options. You do not need to be fully committed to adoption before contacting Kevin or another adoption professional. In fact, you should reach out to a professional for help determining whether this is the right choice for you.

It is never too early or too late to consider adoption for your baby. No matter where you are in your pregnancy or how confident you are in your adoption plans, Kevin can provide free, unbiased, no-obligation information to help you make an educated adoption decision.

Creating an Adoption Plan: How much control do I have over the adoption process?

If you do decide that adoption is the best choice for you and your baby, you will have the opportunity to make many important decisions throughout the adoption process. You are always in control of your adoption plan and will determine your adoption goals and the types of adoption situations you want for yourself and your child. You can choose:

  • The adoptive family you want for your baby
  • The amount of contact you want to share with the adoptive parents during your pregnancy
  • The hospital experience you want to have
  • The type of relationship you want with your child and the adoptive family after your baby is born
  • And more

You also have the right to change or discontinue your adoption plan at any point during the adoption process until you sign the final consent paperwork after your baby is born.

Finding an Adoptive Family: How do I find parents to adopt my baby?

When you are ready to begin searching for adoptive parents for your baby, Kevin can introduce you to hopeful parents he is currently working with or refer you to an adoption agency that will connect you with hundreds of other waiting families. You will have the opportunity to review many adoptive family profiles to find the perfect family you envision for your child.

Once you have found prospective parents that seem to fit your adoption goals, you will have an opportunity to get to know them better before moving forward with the adoption process. Kevin or an adoption specialist from the adoptive family’s agency can arrange pre-placement contact, such as a mediated phone call or in-person meeting. It will be up to you to decide how much contact you would like to share with the adoptive family during your pregnancy, at the hospital and after your baby is born.

Planning the Hospital Stay: What happens when my baby is born?

Just like you are in control of the rest of your adoption plan, you are also in control of your hospital stay. You will decide what kind of labor and delivery experience you want to have, the amount of contact you would like to share with your baby and the adoptive family at the hospital, and more.

You can make these and other important decisions about your hospital stay ahead of time so the adoptive family and hospital staff will be prepared to follow your wishes when the big day arrives.

Consenting to the Adoption: When is the adoption legally permanent?

Kevin will contact you after your baby is born to check in on both of you and determine you still want to proceed with your adoption plan. He will arrange a time to come to the hospital so you can sign the final adoption paperwork.

In Kansas, you can consent to the adoption 12 hours after your baby is born. If your baby is born in Missouri, you can consent to the adoption 48 hours after birth. While you can change your mind about the adoption at any time up to this point, your adoption decision becomes legally permanent when you execute consent.

Open Adoption: Can I stay in contact with my child after the adoption?

Your consent to the adoption may represent the end of a long and difficult decision-making process, but it is just the beginning of your adoption journey. Following the birth of your baby, you can choose to keep in touch with your child and the adoptive family for years to come through open or semi-open adoption.

The adoption process is an emotional journey full of ups and downs. However, working with the right adoption professional can help you feel more confident that you made the best possible choice for yourself and your baby. To learn more about the adoption process for expectant mothers in Kansas City, contact Kevin Kenney confidentially and with no obligation.