Illinois adoptions can be complicated and time-consuming, as well as life-changing. Adding to your family is a major undertaking, both emotionally and financially, and is not to be taken lightly. A good family lawyer who is abreast of the Illinois adoption laws and known within the adoption community can be invaluable as a couple attempts to become adoptive parents. You need an experienced advocate on your side-you do not want to attempt this by yourself.
There are many considerations involved in the adoption process. First, you must be at least 21 years old, have enough space and go through what is known as a “home study.” This is an inspection of your ability to raise a child–your finances, your background, your home, your parenting skills-even your marriage. If the child is from another country, there may be immigration requirements and additional costs involved. There is also the issue of contracts between the potential adoptive parents and the birth parents. And on it goes. Everyone knows that adoption can be tremendously complex and fraught with potentially unanticipated developments. Stories of disappointment and discouragement abound. Be prepared and begin the journey by hiring an attorney with close familiarity and expertise in Illinois adoptions.