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DuPage County DCFS Adoption Lawyer

Winfield foster child adoption lawyer

Attorney Assisting With Adoption of Foster Children in Kane County and Cook County

For prospective parents who wish to adopt a child, there are a variety of ways to do so, and one of the most rewarding of these options is to provide a permanent home for a child in foster care. There are thousands of children who are in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and while adopting one or more of these children can be challenging, it can be a positive and enriching experience for both parents and children.

If you are considering adopting a child through DCFS, you will want to be sure to understand the requirements and be prepared to address any legal challenges that may arise. Attorney Chrissie Martell can provide you with the legal help you need during the adoption process, including working with you to complete the required paperwork and providing representation in any court hearings. With her help, you and your family can fully prepare to provide the loving home that meets the needs of a child or children from foster care and allows them to flourish.

Adopting a Child From Foster Care

When a child is in the foster care system, the goal of DCFS will usually be to reunite the child with one or both of their birth parents. However, there are cases when this proves to be impossible, and if a parent is found to be unfit, DCFS may take steps to terminate their parental rights. A parent may be considered unfit if they have abandoned the child, committed physical abuse against the child, shown a lack of interest in the child's growth and development, failed to provide financial support for the child, or are incapable of performing parental duties because of substance abuse.

Upon the termination of parental rights, foster parents may wish to formally adopt a child who is living in their home. If the foster parents are unable or unwilling to adopt the child, other parents may be able to adopt the child. If you plan to adopt a child through DCFS, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Training - If you are not already a licensed foster parent, you must receive 27 hours of foster parent training. If you are married or in a civil union, your partner must also complete the training. After you choose to adopt a foster child, you will be required to complete nine hours of training on the adoption process, as well as a training program that is individually tailored prepare you to be the best possible parent for your adoptive child.
  • Finances - While there are no income requirements for adopting a child from foster care, you must have the financial means to provide for the child's needs. There are some support programs available to assist families in providing basic necessities for adoptive children. You may also be able to make use of supplemental assistance to ensure that your child has healthcare coverage through Medicaid.
  • Living space - You will not be required to own your own home, but your home must have the space necessary to house the child. A home study will be completed by DCFS to ensure that you can provide the living environment the child needs.
  • Time in the home - A child must typically live with foster parents for six months before the adoption can be finalized.

Contact a Naperville DCFS Adoption Attorney

Adoption of a child who is in the foster care system can not only ensure that the child has the opportunity to grow up in a loving and supportive environment, but it can also enrich your life in many ways. However, navigating the adoption process while working with DCFS to meet your various requirements can be a complex undertaking. To ensure that you are able to overcome the legal hurdles involved in your adoption case, you should work with a dedicated and compassionate family law attorney.

At the Law Office of Christina Martell, we can help you successfully complete your DCFS adoption. To arrange a consultation, contact our office at 630-717-2772. The fee for an initial consultation is $100, and this will be credited toward your overall legal costs upon engagement. We work with clients in Wheaton, Winfield, Warrenville, West Chicago, Naperville, and throughout DuPage County, Kane County, and Cook County.

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