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Naperville Adoption Attorneys

Wheaton Adoption Attorneys

Lawyers for Stepparent, Private and International Adoption Cases in DuPage County

Adopting a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. The adoption process, however, is often challenging. It is important to have an experienced lawyer at your side to help keep the proceedings moving smoothly. At Goostree Law Group, our team has been helping families grow through adoption since 2000. Our attorneys understand what is at stake, and we have the knowledge and skill to provide the guidance you need.

Preparing for Adoption in Wheaton and Warrenville

The decision to adopt a child is one that should only be made after careful consideration and serious planning. Illinois law provides a number of requirements that a person must meet in order to be an adoptive parent, including age, disability status, and residency criteria. The law also requires an adoptive parent to be "a reputable person." Our lawyers are well-versed in Illinois adoption laws, and we can assist you in determining the appropriateness of adoption for your family's circumstances.

From there, we will help you file the petition that specifies your intention of pursuing the adoption. In most adoption cases, a child is eligible for adoption if both parents have had their parental rights terminated by the court or the parents have relinquished such rights on their own. While the process is often confusing and complex, we will do everything we can to make your adoption more efficient. Growing your family through adoption should be a gratifying experience, and we will do our very best help you along the way.

Types of Illinois Adoptions

At Goostree Law Group, our lawyers have more than 80 years of combined family law experience. We are equipped to handle all types of adoptions, including:

  • Stepparent adoptions: A stepparent adoption may be appropriate if you wish to create a legal parent-child relationship with your spouse's child from a previous relationship. The rights of the child's other biological parent must be terminated before the stepparent adoption can take place;
  • Co-parent adoptions: A co-parent adoption is often an option for same-sex couples to establish parental rights for a non-biological parent;
  • Related adoptions: A related adoption may involve other family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. If a member of your family is struggling to care for their child, adopting the child could be a solution;
  • Agency adoptions: Agencies throughout Illinois facilitate the adoption of children who need families. Our lawyers handle private agency adoptions and adoptions managed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS); and
  • Independent adoptions: It is also possible for birth parents to put their child up for adoption privately and without using an agency. We can help ensure that all aspects of independent adoptions are handled properly.

Adoptions in Illinois are governed by state law, but each county may also have specific guidelines and protocols that must be followed. The skilled lawyers at Goostree Law Group will make sure that you are prepared for the road ahead. We appreciate that an adoption can offer a child a whole new world of opportunities and benefits, and we look forward to helping your family make adoption a reality.

Call 630-364-4046 Today

If you are considering any type of adoption in Illinois, contact our office. Call 630-364-4046 for a no-cost consultation at any of our three locations. Goostree Law Group serves families in Naperville, Wheaton, Downers Grove, Aurora, Woodridge, Lisle, Warrenville, and throughout DuPage County.

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