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Information needed for an adoption petition

Families in Illinois have many different dynamics. Some families have parents who are married, some have parents who are not married but living together, others may have divorced or separated parents. Some have all biological children and others have children who they adopted. There are many reasons that people choose to adopt as well. It could be because they are having trouble having children on their own, want to help out a family member in need and many other reasons.

However, even after people have made the decision to adopt a child, it is not always easy to actually finalize the adoption. There is a legal process that one must go through before an adoption can be official. This process starts with filing a petition in court. In the petition the people seeking to adopt must provide certain information to be valid.

The information needed depends on whether the child to be adopted is a non-relative or a relative. For non-relative, the petition must state the names of the people seeking the adoption; where the people live and how long they have lived in Illinois; when they will have the child and where the child will be coming from; the name, sex and birth date of the child to be adopted; the relationship of the child to the people adopting them; the names of the biological parents of the child; whether there is a Guardian in place; the name to be given to the adopted child and other information.

If the child to be adopted is a relative, then the petition is slightly less complex. These petitions do not require the people to state where the child is coming from, whether there is a guardian in place; the name of the adoption agency and others.

Adopting a child in Illinois can be a very wonderful and joyous time, but finalizing an adoption can be complicated. Simply filling out a petition to start the process requires obtaining significant amounts of information about the child and their past. Experienced attorneys understand this complicated process though and could guide one through it.

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