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Adoption Lawyers in Chicago

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At Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon, LLC, our passion is to help loving families grow. We know that those families are often confused by the lengthy and complicated paperwork necessary for securing the newest member of their family. Our Chicago family attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience in helping families like yours through the intricate legal processes of adoption. Regardless of your family’s situation, we are qualified and prepared to handle the legal issues and guide you through this time.

Our firm aids a variety of adopting families, including:

  • Step-parents
  • Grandparents or relatives
  • Same-sex couples
  • Interstate families
  • International families
  • Foster parents

Call us at (312) 372-1639 to start the adoption process today!

Understanding Adoption & Guardianship in Illinois

Parents with adopted childAccording to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), over 15,000 children were either adopted or taken in via guardianship in the state of Illinois in the past decade. Adoption and guardianship are different options for families looking to provide a child with a loving home. In an adoption, the parents assume all the rights and privileges over a child as they would have over a child born to them. In other words, they become the legal parents. DCFS stops interfering as a supervisor and caregiver of the child, and the new parents permanently retain all legal decision-making rights and caregiver responsibilities of the child.

Guardianship, on the other hand, simply means that the guardian is not seen as the child’s new parent, but as someone who only looks after the child. The new guardian may provide a permanent home for the child and make legal decisions on behalf of the child (such as education, medical, and religious influence). It is also possible for guardians to receive financial resources to aid in the raising of the child. Guardianship is often an appealing option for licensed relatives of a child who has been living in the child’s residence for at least six consecutive months. In a guardianship case, the rights of the birth-parents do not necessarily have to be terminated.

What to Expect from Your Adoption Lawyer

A typical adoption can take up to five years. However, our Chicago family lawyers are professionals who know what paperwork to file and who to talk to in order to expedite the process as much as possible. We are familiar with Illinois’s adoption laws and are prepared to represent you in court should a complication arise, such as a birth parent changing their mind. If you are still trying to figure out where to start, we can recommend adoption agencies and provide legal advice to help you make the best decisions for your family.

Don’t hesitate to contact our helpful and knowledgeable Chicago adoption lawyers today! (312) 372-1639.

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