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Hiring an Illinois Adoption Attorney

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Illinois adoption attorneysThe decision to adopt a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable. It can also be one of the more complicated and time-consuming processes you ever go through.

Adoption is a legal process that requires careful planning and adherence to procedure. For adoptions through the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), they require you to obtain an adoption lawyer approved by their agency, like those at Anderson and Associates, P.C. You do not have to worry about fees, as DCFS pays for the applicable attorney costs so you can focus on the new addition to your family.

How Long Does Adoption Take?

DCFS facilitates more than 1,500 adoptions a year. Following an initial screening and in-home visit, the first step in adoption is to become a licensed foster parent, so a child can legally be placed with your family. Licensure typically takes one to two months, then DCFS works to match a single child or siblings with your family. Once that placement is complete, final adoption approval by DCFS and the court usually occurs after six months.

The primary requirement to be an adoptive parent is to show you can provide a suitable and loving home. You can be single, married, part of a civil union, separated or divorced, with or without kids. There are no set income requirements, although you must be able to manage the added financial cost.

Attorneys for Adoption in Illinois

DCFS approves adoption lawyers so families can depend on a skilled adoption law professional throughout the lengthy but necessary proceedings. An attorney can foresee and work through potential issues, and manage initial or perpetual relations with the child’s biological family if they will be part of their life moving forward.

Your lawyer can make sure you understand all legal obligations related to your adoption, handle the extensive paperwork, serve as an experienced consultant regarding important interviews, and provide representation at any hearings.

In contested adoption cases, in which one or both biological parents object despite their inability to care for their child, having a skilled lawyer is critical. At the eventual parental rights termination hearing, your attorney can effectively illustrate why you are the child’s best option for long-term happiness.

Contact an Orland Park Family Law Attorney

Leave nothing to chance when it comes to your adoption. Trust the compassionate and DCFS-approved attorneys at Anderson and Associates, P.C. to walk you through the process. Call a Tinley Park adoption lawyer at 708-226-9904 for a free consultation.

Sources:

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

https://adoption.com/when-do-i-need-an-adoption-attorney

 

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