Adopting a child is exciting. Under Illinois law, a family must be approved as a foster care home prior to being allowed to adopt an unrelated child. The process will involve numerous investigations and will involve fingerprinting, a criminal background check and interviews with family and friends.
Whether you are going through an agency or you are working on a private adoption, the child services organizations will be investigating your health, your overall reputation, your character and your general standing in the community. The scrutiny is intense and you have a right to have an attorney who is representing your interests throughout the entire process, and you should. These investigations are often waived if the adopted child is a stepparent or otherwise related.
There are numerous legal challenges including issues of parental rights that must be dealt with during an adoption. The process can be emotionally taxing because it often takes far longer than you expect. When you need a compassionate attorney who will work closely with you and keep you updated on all developments in an adopting case in Illinois, you can depend on Biederstadt Law, P.C. Contact our offices today at and let us help you through the legal complexities of a Chicago area adoption.