Adoption

Adoption can be an exciting experience for families. But, if you're not prepared to handle the complicated legal process, it can be stressful and heartbreaking. An ISBA member lawyer can help you navigate the legal aspects of adoption, so you can focus on the exciting ones.

Legal Resources: Children

In 2008 Illinois legislators passed several laws and amendments designed to address adoption, child support and domestic violence. 

  • Child Support (SB 1035) —...
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Abandonment of newborn babies is a prosecutable offense in the state of Illinois.  In 2001 the state passed the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act or Safe Haven Law which allows parents...

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Illinois residents who are considering adoption should be aware of the legal procedures involved.  Adoption in Illinois is a legal transaction governed by the Illinois Adoption Act under...

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Child custody is one of the most common disputes in divorce proceedings. Custody decisions in a divorce are ultimately determined by Illinois courts based on the children’s “best interests.” The...

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Child neglect is a punishable offense in the state of Illinois. Under the state's Parental Responsibility Law, parents are required to provide proper care for children under age 18 by giving them...

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If a judge determines that a child has been neglected or abused, he or she may make the child a “ward of the court.” During this time the judge will hold permanency hearings to monitor the status...

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Child Protection Case Timeline in Illinois
Step-By-Step Guide

DAY 1: Protective Custody (PC)
Emergency removal of child from...

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Following a divorce, both parents have an obligation to support the children involved. If one parent has sole custody or in most cases, residential custody, the law assumes that the residential...

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Under Illinois law grandparents, great-grandparents and siblings are granted visitation rights if there is an "unreasonable denial of visitation" by one of the child's parents. While the goal of...

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Guardianship for adults may be necessary for an individual who is unable to make and communicate responsible decisions regarding personal care or finances due to a mental, physical or...

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A Child Appears Abused, Neglected or Dependent
A Police Officer or a Physician takes protective custody of child or an Observer/Mandated Reporter calls DCFS hotline, 800-25-...

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In general, you are presumed to be the legal and biological father of a child if you and the child’s mother are or have been married to each other, and the child is born or conceived during such a...

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The DCFS Hotline: 800-25-ABUSE; TDD: 800-358-5117 for the hearing impaired
 
The DCFS Hotline is available to take reports of abuse or neglect 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, from...

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International adoptions can present a number of complications, due to the variety of laws and regulations that govern the process. Adoption laws vary by country and even province, making adherence...

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Cases involving possible child abuse, neglect and other cases involving children are heard by a judge in the Juvenile Court. Juvenile Courts also hear cases involving minors under age 17 who are...

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Parents involved in juvenile court hearings may hear certain legal terms that they do not understand. It is their right to ask what these terms mean and to have the judge or an attorney explain...

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The Judge: The judge listens to all the evidence presented by the lawyers in court and makes decisions based on that evidence. The judge decides what is legally right and...

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While there is a growing trend toward “open adoptions” in the United States, traditional adoptions have remained closed and the majority of adoptees do not have easy access to their birth records...

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Parents involved in a case of child neglect or abuse should be aware of their rights under law:

  • A parent may choose a lawyer to represent them. If a parent cannot afford to...
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While most individuals have no legal obligation to report suspected abuse or neglect, professionals who work with children are required by law to report suspected abuses.

The federal Child...

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It is a crime to willfully fail to make child support payments. The Child Support Recovery Act of 1992 regulates delinquent child support payments that involve persons in more than one state....

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Illinois has several laws specifically written to protect children traveling on school buses and in school zones. 

Some of these laws govern the behavior of other drivers and those...

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Parents whose child may be facing expulsion from school should be aware of certain legal rights that may help keep their child in the classroom.

Under Illinois law, a student can be...

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One of the most important decisions when drafting a will is the selection of a guardian for children. Without that legal directive, a judge will make the assign custody. It’s such a tough issue...

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In Illinois, a stepparent adoption can be a relatively easy process if the both the biological mother and father of the child consent to the adoption. An adoption can proceed without consent if...

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The Illinois Cannabis Control Act dictates tough sentences for adults...

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Generally speaking, at any time that you feel that it would be best for your child to be adopted by someone else and you would like to be a part of making that plan for your child, if your child...

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If your child has been removed from your care, you may be feeling scared, powerless and angry. Often, once a child has been removed from the care of his or her parents, it is a long and difficult...

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Ideally, your child will be placed with a relative who is familiar to you and your child. DCFS is required to consider relatives for possible placement before placing your child in a traditional...

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VISIT your child as often as possible, at least once a week if allowed by the court. Let your caseworker and attorney know you want to visit your child as often as possible.

WORK with your...

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You have the right to ask the lawyers, caseworkers and the judge questions.

You have the right to a...

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"Open adoption" is a growing trend in Illinois, and nationwide. In an open adoption, the birth parents are allowed contact with the adoptive parents and the child in a number of ways including...

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