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DuPage County Private Adoption Lawyer

Warrenville open adoption lawyer

Attorney for Agency Adoptions in Wheaton and St. Charles

Every child deserves to grow up in a loving home. In some cases, a child's birth parents may be unable to provide the stability and security their child needs, but fortunately, there are many people who are ready to step in and care for children in these situations. Adoption allows individuals or couples to become a child's legal parents. 

If you are considering adoption, or if you would like to ensure that your child will have a loving home, Attorney Chrissie Martell can provide you with representation throughout the adoption process. She will answer your questions, help you understand your rights and responsibilities, and assist in completing your adoption as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Types of Private Adoptions

A private adoption (also known as an unrelated adoption) may be done through an adoption agency, or the adoptive parents may reach an agreement with the child's birth parents. In these cases, the biological parents will usually voluntarily agree to terminate their parental rights. Once the adoption is complete, the adoptive parents will become the legal parents of the child, and they may obtain a new birth certificate which includes their names, as well as the child's new last name (if applicable).

Private adoptions typically come in one of three forms:

  • Open adoptions - In these cases, the child may continue to have a relationship with one or both of the birth parents after the adoption has been finalized. An open adoption agreement can be created to define the parameters of this relationship, including when and how children will see or communicate with birth parents.
  • Semi-open adoptions - The birth parents and adoptive parents may agree that they will not communicate directly with each other, but the adoptive parents will regularly provide updates about the child's growth and development to the birth parents. These updates could include pictures or letters, and they may be sent through a third party, such as an adoption agency.
  • Closed adoptions - In these cases, the identities of the birth parents and the adoptive parents will be kept confidential, and following the adoption, the child will not have any contact with the birth parents. When a closed adoption is completed, the original birth records will be sealed. After reaching the age of 21, an adoptive child can obtain a copy of the original birth certificate, and depending on the preferences of the birth parents, he or she may be able to learn the identity and contact information of the birth parents.

Before a private adoption can be completed, a home study will usually need to be performed to ensure that the adoptive parents will be able to provide for the child's needs. A child will typically need to reside in the adoptive parents' home for at least six months before the adoption can be finalized. 

Contact a Winfield Adoption Attorney

In private adoption cases, it is important to work with a compassionate, experienced attorney who can address the legal issues involved and ensure that the rights of all parties are protected. Whether you are a prospective parent who is planning to adopt a child or a birth parent who wishes to ensure that your child will have a loving home, Chrissie Martell can ensure that your needs are met throughout the adoption process.

Contact our office today at 630-717-2772. Chrissie provides consultations for $100, which will be credited toward your overall bill once you hire her as your adoption attorney. The Law Office of Christina Martell provides legal help with adoption and family law in DuPage County, Kane County, and Cook County, including Naperville, Warrenville, West Chicago, Winfield, and Wheaton.

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