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DuPage County | 630-852-9700

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Do I Need an attorney for Adoption in Illinois?

Posted on in Family Law

Adopting a child is one of the most wonderful things a person can experience, but because of the arduous legal path one must travel to get there, it can also be one of the most exhausting. Whether you go through the adoption process with the Illinois Department of children & Family Services (DCFS), work with one of the many adoption agencies in Chicago and the surrounding areas, or plan to adopt a step-child or complete a private adoption with someone you know, you will want to have an experienced adoption lawyer on your side. 

adoption is an intricate legal process, and because of that, it is essential to enlist the services of an adoption attorney . An experienced family law attorney can help you understand your legal requirements and provide representation throughout the adoption process. In some cases, DCFS provides reimbursement for the legal fees of adoptive parents.

What Does an adoption Lawyer Do? 

A skilled adoption attorney can help ensure there are no mistakes along the way that can add time to an already lengthy process. An adoption law professional will: 

  • Prepare you for important interviews with DCFS or agency caseworkers who gauge your parental aptitude and the suitability of your home for a new child or children .
  • Prepare and file all necessary paperwork, including for the termination of the birth parents’ parental rights.
  • Provide legal counsel regarding Illinois adoption laws and provide representation at all adoption proceedings.
  • Facilitate your adopted child’s communication and relationship with blood relatives, if you decide that is in their best interests.

If you are involved in a contested adoption case that involves birth parents who plan to fight your adoption, your attorney ’s services are even more crucial. If you wish to adopt because of a birth family’s neglect or disregard for thewelfare of a child, your attorney will compile and present evidence that supports your contention and shows why you are their best parenting option for them.

Contact an Elmhurst Family Law attorney

Wakenight & Associates, P.C. is prepared to help you through every step of theadoption process in Illinois. We understand how important this adoption is to you, and we will deal with the most difficult and time-consuming elements, so you can plan for the new addition to your family. To learn how we can assist with your Illinois adoption, call an Oak Brook adoption lawyer at 630-852-9700 for a free consultation today.

Sources: 

https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/lovinghomes/adoption/Documents/Adopting-a-Child-Through-DCFS.pdf

https://adoption.com/what-is-an-adoption-attorney/

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