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Orland Park stepchild adoption attorney

The relationship between a stepparent and a stepchild is unique for every family. Some stepparents will take on a strong parenting role, while others remain a neutral party. For those who view their stepchildren as their own, adoption can be the final piece to the puzzle. This grants them legal rights over the child and can make a stepparent feel more like a “real” parent to the child. Adoption is always a lengthy process, but stepparent adoptions can be especially time-consuming if the child’s other biological parent is alive. Below is a breakdown of the step-by-step process.

The Legal Process

  1. Find an Adoption Attorney - Before starting any legal process, your first step should be to hire a qualified attorney. Adoption attorneys are especially important to ensure that nothing goes wrong during the proceedings. Without professional assistance, the adoption process can take much longer than anticipated, and some courts require legal representation in adoption cases. Finding an attorney who is well-versed in Illinois’ adoption laws will make you feel more secure about the legal process, allowing you to focus on other parts of the adoption.

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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.

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