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Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

707 N. York Street, Suite 201, Elmhurst, IL 60126

DuPage County | 630-528-0734

Mokena | 815-458-5660   Oak Park | 708-480-9651

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Elmhurst, IL Adoption Attorneys

Addison Adoption Lawyers

Lawyers in DuPage County for Adoption Cases of All Types

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our experienced family law attorneys realize that adopting a child can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding experience. We also know that the process of adoption can be full of all kinds of challenges. Fortunately, our team is equipped to help you manage the avalanche of logistical, parental, custodial, financial, psychological, emotional, and of course, legal aspects of the adoption process. With more than 95 years of combined family law experience, our lawyers know what is at stake during an adoption, and we are prepared to provide the assistance you need.

Villa Park Counsel for Adoption Proceedings

Before you decide to adopt a child, it is critical that you consider all of the factors and potential consequences of your decision. It is also important to plan ahead. Under Illinois law, an adoptive parent must meet several requirements regarding age, residency, and disability status. In addition, anyone looking to adopt must be "a reputable person." The skilled lawyers at our firm are fully up to date on all of the laws that govern adoption in Illinois, and we can help you decide if adoption is the best course of action for your family.

Once you decide to pursue the adoption, the next step is to file a petition with the court. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the adoption process may require one or both of the child's parents to relinquish their parental rights or to have their rights terminated by the court. As a result, adoption proceedings can become contentious and stressful for everyone involved. We will work hard to solve problems and to offer solutions that you can complete the process quickly, efficiently, and without unnecessary confusion.

Adoption Lawyers Serving La Grange and Lombard

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our compassionate attorneys are sensitive to the challenges that are often associated with adopting a child. We provide trusted guidance and reliable representation in all types of adoption cases, including:

  • Stepparent or co-parent adoption: If your spouse has a child from a prior relationship, a stepparent adoption can establish a legal parent-child relationship between you and the child. Co-parent adoptions offer similar benefits and may be appropriate for same-sex couples with children;
  • Related adoption: A non-parent family member such as a grandparent, sibling, uncle, or aunt can pursue legal parental rights regarding a child through a related adoption;
  • Independent adoption: An independent adoption is one in which the adoptive parent is not related to the child and no adoption agency is involved. In such cases, an attorney can help ensure all of the possible legal issues are addressed; and
  • Agency adoption: There are many adoption agencies in Illinois that help connect children in need with adoptive parents. We handle adoption cases facilitated by both governmental and private adoption agencies, including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

While Illinois law largely governs the adoption process in the state, individual counties may require adoptive parents to follow specific protocols and regulations. We know that your adoption can give a child a whole host of new opportunities, and we are ready to help you at every stage of the process.

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If you are thinking about growing your family through adoption, contact our office. Call 630-528-0734 for a free, confidential consultation with a member of our team today. We serve families in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Lombard, La Grange, Burr Ridge, Western Springs, Wood Dale, Rolling Meadows, Addison, Kane County, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.

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