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How to Adopt a Child in Illinois Through DCFS

Posted on in Adoption/Guardianships

Naperville adoption lawyersAdopting a child is among the most important and rewarding decisions a person can make. Because a child’s life and future are at stake, adoption also brings a long and complicated process that is best navigated with the help of an experienced adoption attorney.

Adoption is a formal legal process that necessitates thorough planning and strict adherence to all related procedures. If you intend to adopt via the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, you must do so with assistance from a DCFS-approved attorney, like those from Anderson & Associates, P.C. This service costs you nothing, as all lawyer fees are paid for by DCFS, which facilitates over 1,500 adoptions every year.

Adoption Timeline

After a background screening and at-home visit by a DCFS caseworker, to adopt a child, you must first get licensed as a foster parent, which allows a child to be legally placed with you. This process usually takes between one to two months. DCFS then sits down with you to match either a single child or multiple siblings with you. Once that is completed, it typically takes a little over six months for final approval from DCFS and the court.

DCFS’s main requirement for adoption is that you display your ability to give a child a stable and loving home. Parents can be married, single, in a civil union, divorced, or separated, with or without kids. There are no defined income standards for adoption. You must simply show you can handle the added cost of the child to your household.

Adoption Attorneys in Illinois

DCFS-approved lawyers have passed substantial scrutiny to ensure adoptive parents get the skilled guidance they need during the adoption process. An adept attorney will know how to handle any potential issues. This may include establishing and managing relations with your child’s birth family if you wish them to have that connection in the years ahead.

An adoption attorney makes sure prospective parents know their legal obligations, takes care of the necessary and voluminous paperwork, serves as a consultant for DCFS interviews, and provides legal representation at hearings.

Contact a Wheaton Adoption Lawyer

At Anderson & Associates, P.C., we know how important adoption is to both parent and child. We strive to make the adoption process as easy as possible. To learn how our DuPage County family law attorneys can help you adopt a child, call us today at 630-653-9400 to schedule a free consultation. 

Sources:

https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/lovinghomes/adoption/Documents/Adopting-a-Child-Through-DCFS.pdf

https://adoption.com/when-do-i-need-an-adoption-attorney

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