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Adoption basics in Illinois

Adoption is an important way for many couples to start a family or grow their family. Because of how important the adoption process can be for Illinois families, it is important to be familiar with Illinois state laws surrounding adoption.

According to adoption laws in Illinois, any child, adult that resides in an adoptive home for two years or relative may be adopted. There is also a residency requirement for potential adoptive parents to adopt which may be waived by the court. There are different methods of adopting which can include the agency adoption process or the independent adoption process. International adoption options may also be available.

It is helpful to be familiar with the different types of adoption and adoption processes. The adoption process plays a critical role in the lives of many families which is why they should have a careful understanding of the ins and the outs of their options for adoption. Another aspect of the adoption process is a closed versus open adoption which refers to contact between adoptive and birth parents. Additionally, Illinois law recently made it easier for adopted children to obtain their birth certificates which can help in the process of locating birth parents.

There is a lot to know and be prepared for when considering adoption but it is an important resource for many couples and growing families. As a result, adoptive parents interested in adoption should understand the process and, because of its complexities, be aware that trained guidance through it can also oftentimes be helpful.

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