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Cook County Adoption Lawyer

Cook County adoption lawyer

Attorney for Private, Step-Parent, and DCFS Adoptions in Chicago, Illinois

There are many children throughout Cook County who need a home, as well as parents who wish to provide the family life children need. However, the process of adopting a child and becoming their legal parent can be lengthy and complex. With the right family law attorney on your side, you can help your adoption case proceed as smoothly as possible, and you can be prepared to handle any legal complications or other concerns that may arise.

Attorney Chrissie Martell is here to help you navigate the adoption process. She will work with you to make sure your rights are protected, help you meet your legal requirements, and advocate for your family's best interests in any court proceedings. With her assistance, you can be prepared for success as an adoptive parent, and you can provide your child with a loving, permanent home.

Types of Adoption in Cook County

Adoption cases are handled by the County Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and hearings in these cases are held at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago. Chrissie's experience representing clients in Cook County adoption cases allows her to provide invaluable legal help in a wide variety of adoption matters, including:

  • Related Adoption - If you are a step-parent who wishes to adopt your spouse's child and become their legal parent, Chrissie can help you complete the requirements for obtaining consent from all applicable parties and terminating the parental rights of the child's other biological parent. She can also assist in cases when other family members such as grandparents, aunts, or uncles wish to formally adopt a child who is in their care.
  • Private Adoption - If you have reached an agreement with an adoption agency or directly with a child's parent to adopt a child, you should be sure to understand your rights and legal requirements. Whether you expect your adoption to be open or closed, Chrissie will help you complete the adoption process smoothly and efficiently.
  • DCFS Adoption - You will need to complete training and become certified as a foster parent in order to adopt a child through DCFS, and you may also need to address legal issues involving the termination of the parental rights of the child's birth parents. Chrissie will work with you throughout this process to ensure that you have the tools and assistance that will help you meet a foster child's needs.
  • Open Adoption Agreements - Chrissie can help you formulate an agreement with a child's birth parents to describe what type of relationship they will have with the child. This agreement may address when and how the biological parent will see or spend time with the child, as well as how they will communicate with your family.

Contact a Chicago Adoption Attorney

Whether you live within Chicago's city limits or elsewhere in Cook County, entering courtrooms, communicating with DCFS, or addressing various legal issues during the adoption process can be intimidating and confusing. Chrissie Martell will work to make these procedures as smooth and painless as possible, and she will help you put the pieces in place for your family's ongoing success.

To learn more about how the Law Office of Christina Martell can help with your adoption, contact our office at 630-717-2772. We assist with adoption cases throughout Cook County, including Chicago, Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Oak Park, and Orland Park.

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