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5 Factors to Consider Before Adopting a Child in Illinois

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Family is an important part of life. Because of this, many couples who are looking to start or expand their families turn toward adoption. According to the Donaldson Adoption Institute, 6 in 10 Americans have had a personal experience with adoption. This means that they themselves, a family member, or friend was adopted, had adopted a child, or had put a child up for adoption. There are many factors that can influence your decision to adopt. If you are considering adoption, it is a serious endeavor that should not be taken lightly. Whether you plan on adopting as a foster parent or through a private agency, having a family law professional by your side will make the entire process much easier.

Below are a few facts you should know before initiating the adoption process:

  1. Adopting can be time-consuming. It is extremely important to take your time with this major life change, as there will be several parties involved in the process. Trying to rush through paperwork and procedures may only create problems down the road.
  2. Adoption does not have to break the bank. Do not let the cost of adoption and/or providing for your adopted child be the deciding factor. Research low-cost options, such as adopting through foster care programs. These types of adoptions often include reimbursement and incentive programs, and many fees and expenses are waived.
  3. The child’s biological parents can be involved. In some cases, the child’s parents are unfit, unworthy, or have passed away. However, every adoption is different, and the child’s parents may very well be alive. As long as it is in the best interests of your child, allowing the child to keep in touch with his or her biological parents can be beneficial for every family member.
  4. A “traditional” household does not exist. Believing that you need to uphold a certain household standard before you adopt a child is a misconception. Providing a loving, safe environment where your child can thrive is most important. This includes showing kindness, care, and respect for each other.
  5. The adjustment period is real. After adopting a child, you should not expect the child to treat you and your home as his or her own right away. It is important to allow the child to adjust to the change at his or her own pace while giving emotional support during the transition. 

Contact a West Chicago Family Law Attorney 

Adoption can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, but it can also be a tedious and intimidating process. There are many steps to achieve your dream of becoming a family, and it is important to understand the laws for adopting in Illinois. Contact a knowledgeable Kane County adoption lawyer from The Law Office of Christina Martell to ensure that all your needs are met for adopting a child. Contact our office today at 630-717-2772 to schedule your confidential consultation.



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