The Law Office of Christina Martell
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DuPage County Adoption Lawyer

Winfield attorney for step-parent and private adoptions

Attorney for Step-Parent, Private, and DCFS Adoptions in Kane County and Cook County

There are few things more rewarding than adopting a child. Prospective parents may choose to adopt for a variety of reasons, but in every case, they do so with the intent of providing a good home and loving family relationships to a child who needs them. However, no matter the intentions of the parents, the needs of the child, or the complexity of the overall family situation, there are a variety of legal hurdles that will need to be cleared, and the assistance of a skilled family law attorney is crucial in ensuring that the adoption process is completed successfully.

Attorney Chrissie Martell understands how complicated and confusing the adoption process can be, and she is here to help you address and overcome the legal issues that may arise throughout the course of your case. She will ensure that you understand your rights, advise you of the steps you will need to follow, and represent you in any court hearings. With her help, you can meet the legal requirements for adoption and experience the joy of expanding your family.

Legal Help With Multiple Types of Adoptions

Adoptions can take different forms, depending on the relationship between the parents and child, the circumstances of the adoption, and the desires of the birth parents, the adoptive parents, and the adoptive children. Chrissie can assist with:

  • Family and Related Adoptions - Step-parent adoptions occur when a person gets married after they have a child from a previous relationship and their new spouse wishes to adopt their child. In some cases, other family members may wish to adopt a child who is in their care. While these types of adoptions are often relatively straightforward, they may involve the termination of at least one parent's parental rights, and it may be necessary to take legal action if a parent does not give consent for the adoption. 
  • Private and Agency Adoptions - Adoptive parents and children may be matched with each other through an adoption agency, or a child's birth parents may make an agreement directly with the adoptive parents. In these cases, Chrissie can ensure that all legal requirements are met while making sure that the rights of all parties are protected.
  • Open Adoption Agreements - If one or both of a child's birth parents wish to have an ongoing relationship with their child following adoption, this type of agreement can be created to define the parameters of that relationship. Chrissie can help you create an agreement that specifies how often the child will see the birth parents, what types of communication will be used, and any other details you wish to address.
  • DCFS Adoptions - Adoptive parents may wish to provide a permanent home for a child who is in the foster care system, but this can involve a variety of complex issues. Chrissie can ensure that you meet all the necessary requirements for adopting a child through DCFS, and she can help you advocate for the child's best interests as you work to provide them with the home they deserve.

Contact Our Naperville Adoption Attorney

Whether you expect your adoption to be simple and straightforward or complex and challenging, having an experienced family law attorney on your side can help the process move as smoothly as possible. Chrissie Martell is prepared to provide you with the legal help you need, and she will work to ensure that you are able to be the parent your child needs.

Contact the Law Office of Christina Martell at 630-717-2772 to learn more about how we can help you complete your adoption successfully. We offer consultations for a fee of $100, which will be applied to your account once you retain us. We serve clients in Wheaton, West Chicago, Warrenville, Naperville, Winfield, and throughout DuPage County, Kane County, and Cook County.

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