RELATIVE ADOPTIONS CAN BE VERY STRAIGHTFORWARD OR SIGNIFICANTLY MORE DIFFICULT DEPENDING ON THE SPECIFICS OF YOUR CASE.
Does your case involve the related prospective adoptive parents living in one state and the birth mother residing in another state?
If no, see below. If yes, we have to determine whether or not the Interstate Compact for Placement of Children Act (ICPC) needs to be complied with. Depending on the degree of relation the prospective adoptive parent has, or will have, to the child is what determines whether or not ICPC will apply. To understand what is involved in an interstate adoption and whether or not you need to comply with ICPC go to my interstate page or call me for a free consultation.
Attorney for Related Adoption in Illinois
GUIDELINES FOR ADOPTING RELATIVES WITHIN ILLINOIS
(when everyone lives in Illinois)
No Agency needed. No homestudy needed. No prior approval of paid expenses for birth mother needed. Usually can finalize in about 6 weeks from placement as opposed to waiting 6 months (as in non-relative cases)
Procedures vary county to county regarding the requirement of background checks, fingerprints and/or CANTS checks. The court costs involved may vary significantly as well. Call 847-925-9072 for a free consultation to figure out what county options you have and which county makes the most sense for you to file in.
For more details and information on my legal fees for an relative adoption you can click HERE or feel free to call me for a free phone consultation where I can discuss the specifics of your case and I am happy to email you a more detailed estimate.