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Cook County adoption attorney

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:

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Naperville adoption attorney

There are hundreds of thousands of children in the world who do not have a loving home or parents who can provide them with affection and care. Approximately 135,000 children are adopted each year, and many of them are unaware of their birth parents or family members’ names, appearance, or ethnicity. According to Illinois statutes regarding adoptive children, information about the child’s birth parents and family may be shared and can be used to reconnect in the future. If available at the time of the adoption, the information is typically given to the adoptive parents. The parents can present it to the child at that time or at a later date when the child is older.

Types of Accessible Information

There are many different types of information the adoptive parents or the adopted individual may access regarding the birth parents and/or additional relatives: 

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Winfield family law and adoption attorney

The act of adopting a child can transform lives. Couples who cannot have biological children of their own often provide a loving and safe home for a deceased family member's child, an orphan, or a neglected child. Due to the nature of this responsibility, adoption can be a long and complicated process. Regardless if it is a related, domestic, or international adoption, there are many legal steps to complete. Approximately 135,000 children are adopted in the United States every year. Adoptions can take place through the foster care system, private domestic and international agencies, or between family members. It is important to understand the legal steps for adopting in order to achieve your dream of becoming an adoptive parent. 

The Illinois Adoption Act

The Illinois Adoption Act is the law that governs adoptions in Illinois. This law applies whenever adoption is finalized in Illinois, regardless of where the child was born. As stated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), adoption “establishes you as a child’s legal parent with all the rights and responsibilities of a child born to you.” A “child,” per Illinois statute, means a person under the legal age of 18. As an adoptive parent, you assume all rights and responsibilities for your child, such as, but not limited to:

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