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Hinsdale open adoption attorneyAdoption is a great option for many people who are thinking about a new addition to the family. There are many different types of adoptions, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In many cases, when a child is adopted from an agency or directly from another person, the parents can choose whether the adoption will be open or closed. According to the Donaldson Adoption Institute, most (around 95 percent) adoptions in the U.S. now involve some degree of openness. The choice to pursue an open adoption is a personal one, but it can provide benefits to both the child and the birth parents.

What Is an Open Adoption?

There are actually a couple of different meanings to the term “open adoption,” depending on who you ask, and there are varying degrees to an open adoption. Some adoptions are fully disclosed, meaning the birth parents will have direct contact with the adoptive family and child both before and after the child’s birth. Other adoptions are mediated, meaning the adoptive parents and the birth parents have contact through a caseworker or another third party by sending letters and pictures.

In an open adoption, the birth mother typically takes part in the selection process, helping choose the adoptive parents who will raise the child. Children also typically know that they are adopted when open adoptions are conducted. Following the completion of the adoption, the child may continue to have contact or an ongoing relationship with one or both of the birth parents. The parties may create an adoption agreement defining how often the child will see the birth mother, what forms of communication will be used, etc.

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Oak Brook step-parent adoption attorney

In recent years, the number of Americans who have gotten remarried after getting divorced has increased quite dramatically. The Pew Research Center reports that 40 percent of new marriages in 2013 included at least one spouse who had previously been married before. Having children from a previous marriage is not out of the ordinary, and blended families have become common in American society. In some blended families, the non-biological parent may want to legally adopt their spouse’s children. This is called a related adoption or, more specifically, a step-parent adoption. There is more than just one reason why a person would want to adopt their spouse’s children, but there are also a few things you should understand about step-parent adoptions before you do so:

  • Children can only have two legal parents at any given time. Illinois law states that a child can have no more than two legal parents. This can pose problems for step-parents who want to legally adopt their spouse’s child, especially if the child’s other biological parent objects to the adoption.

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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: 

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