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Adoption in Illinois

When it comes to geography, Illinois has all of it - beaches, prairies, forests, rolling hills and urban jungles. It also has a lot of laws concerning adoption. For starters, you must be a resident of Illinois for at least 6 months to adopt (there are exceptions for military). You must use and Illinois-based agency or contracted individual to facilitate adoption. Adoptive Parent(s) are allowed to cover pregnancy-related expenses (up to $1000, or more with approval of the court) for the Birth Mom. Your best bet is to read carefully through the info below. Fun fact: the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago, Illinois, was the tallest building in the world for 25 years.

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Adoption Attorneys in Illinois

16 Adoption Agencies in IL

12 AAAA Attorneys in IL

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  • Attorney
    Kimberly Kuhlengel-Jones
    1070 N. Mill Street, P.O. Box 186
    Nashville, IL 62263
    (618) 327-3093
    (618) 327-3905
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Kirsten Crouse Bays
    1513 University
    Charleston, IL 61920
    (217) 345-6099
    (217) 345-6098
    deb@illinoisadoption.attorney
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Ellyn J. Bullock
    100 N. Chestnut Street, Suite 230
    Champaign, IL 61820
    (217) 351-6156
    (217) 351-6203
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Robert R. Parker
    411 Hamilton Boulevard, Ste. 1900
    Peoria, IL 61602
    (309) 673-0069
    (309) 673-8791
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Genie Miller Gillespie
    105 W. Madison Street, Suite 1101
    Chicago, IL 60602
    (312) 332-6339
    (866) 438-2189
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Shelley B. Ballard
    180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 3700
    Chicago, IL 60601
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Nidhi Desai
    221 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1136
    Chicago, IL 60601
    (312) 673-5312
    (312) 673-5318
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Michelle M. Hughes
    221 N. LaSalle, Suite 2200
    Chicago, IL 60601
    (312) 857-7287
    (312) 658-0114
    hugheslaw@mindspring.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Sally Wildman
    200 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2750
    Chicago, IL 60601
    (312) 726-9214
    (312) 236-4818
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Sean Martin McCumber
    1250 E. Diehl Road, Suite 400
    Naperville, IL 60563
    (630) 665-7676
    (630) 384-1149
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Sheila A. Maloney
    633 Rogers Street Suite 102
    Downers Grove, IL 60515
    (630) 512-8400
    (630) 510-3761
    stmesq@msn.com
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Denise J. Patton
    4760 Fairfax Avenue
    Palatine, IL 60067
    (847) 925-9072
    (847) 972-6107
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Agency
    A Baby Step Adoption
    340 Morgantown Road
    Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    info@ababystepadoption.com
    Services Offered A Baby Step Adoption Agency is led by an AAAA Director with over 30 years of legal and adoption experience. Our agency specializes in full service, newborn baby adoption throughout the United States.
  • Attorney
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    info@adoptionsfirst.com
    Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
  • Agency
    Adopt America
    111 N.E. 1st Street, Suite 902
    Miami, FL 33132
    (305) 984-2154
    info@adoptamerica411.com
    Services Offered Adopt America is a licensed child placement agency in the State of Florida. We provide home study services mainly to residents of S. Florida and some other locations throughout Florida. We offer placement services when we are working with a designated birthmother/birth parents but no waiting list.
  • Agency
    Caring Adoptions
    11601 Katy Freeway
    Suite 222
    Houston, TX 77079
    (281) 920-4300
    info@caringadoptions.org
    Services Offered Caring Adoptions is a full service adoption agency that has been finding families for children since 1991. Although located in Houston, Caring Adoptions works with Birthmothers throughout Texas, and Adoptive Parents throughout Texas and the United States.

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    • Three years from now, I hope our birth mom is…..

      Living her best life knowing she made the right choice! - Emily

Traveling For Your Adoption in Illinois

Length of ICPC
in Illinois

60-90 days

Email: DCFS.InterstateCompactGeneral@illinois.gov

Illinois adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in Illinois

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
    Yes.
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Cons. Stat. Tit. 225, § 10/12

    Advertise means communication by any public medium originating or distributed in this State, including, but not limited to, newspapers, periodicals, telephone book listings, outdoor advertising signs, radio, or television.

    A child care facility or child welfare agency licensed or operating under a permit issued by the Department of Children and Family Services may publish advertisements for the services that the facility is specifically licensed or issued a permit to provide. A person, group of persons, agency, association, organization, corporation, institution, center, or group that advertises or publishes any advertisement offering, soliciting, or promising to perform adoption services is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine, unless they are:

    1) Licensed or operating under a permit issued by the department as a child care facility or child welfare agency

    2) A birth parent or a prospective adoptive parent acting on his or her own behalf

    3) A licensed attorney advertising his or her availability to provide legal services relating to adoption, as permitted by law

Adoption Law Info

  • Who Can Adopt?
    An adult who is 21 years or older with no legal disability may petition to adopt. The court may waive the age restriction for good cause. The adopting parent is required to have lived in Illinois for 6 months or more (or for 90 days if with the armed forces) if the child is not related to the adopting parent or if an agency was not involved in child placement. A married couple must petition jointly.
  • Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
    Yes, but only if the child is a relative of the adopting parents, as defined by Illinois law, or a child-placing agency licensed in Illinois placed the child.
  • Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
    Only an Illinois licensed agency or a contracted agent approved by the Dept. of Children and Family Services may be used.
  • What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
    Up to $1000 may be paid to cover necessary pregnancy-related expenses without pre-approval from the court. Anything over $1000 must be pre-approved by the court in all private adoptions and by an Illinois licensed agency in all agency adoptions. Expenses must be paid 120 days before due date and up to 60 days post-partum. Accounting must be submitted to court within 14 days of completion for private adoptions. Accounting must be submitted to agency before the adoption is finalized for agency adoptions.
  • When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
    After signing for birth mother. If birth father signed consent before the child is born, consent can be revoked up to 72 hours after the child is born.
  • Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code Tit. 89, § 309.105
    A person seeking to adopt must:
    • Have resided in the State of Illinois continuously for a period of at least 6 months immediately preceding the commencement of an adoption proceeding, or be a member of the armed forces of the United States who has been domiciled in the State for 90 days
    • Be a reputable person of legal age and of either sex

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Comp. Stat. Ch. 750, § 50/6; Admin. Code Tit. 89, § 402.28
    The study shall investigate accurately, fully, and promptly the allegations contained in the petition; the character, reputation, health and general standing in the community of the petitioners; the religious faith of the petitioners and, if ascertainable, of the child sought to be adopted; and whether the petitioners are proper persons to adopt the child and whether the child is a proper subject of adoption. The investigation required shall include a fingerprint-based criminal background check with a review of fingerprints by the Illinois State Police and the FBI. The criminal background check shall not be more than 2 years old.
    In regulation: An adoptive home shall be licensed as a foster family home before placement of an unrelated child for adoption.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code Tit. 89, § 402, Appx. A
    Final approval for licensure shall not be granted if the record check reveals a felony conviction for child abuse or neglect, for spousal abuse, for a crime against children, or for a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault or homicide, but not including other physical assault or battery, or if there is a felony conviction for physical assault, battery, or a drug-related offense committed within the past 5 years.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Comp. Stat. Ch. 750, § 50/6
    The court will order an investigation within 10 days after the filing of a petition for the adoption of a child other than a related child.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code Tit. 89, § 309.160
    Postplacement services are provided to the child and adoptive family from the date of placement of the child in the adoptive home to the date of finalization of the adoption for the purpose of:
    • Continuing the activities around the preparation of the child for adoption
    • Ensuring the health and safety of the child
    • Ensuring successful integration of the child in the adoptive home
    • Providing continuing support and placement stabilization in order to minimize the risk of placement disruption
    • Facilitating adoption finalization
    The department or adoption agency will continue to assess the child and family after placement has occurred to ensure that all existing and potential needs have been identified and appropriate support services are in place prior to finalization. The services provided by the department or adoption agency will be related to the needs of the adoptive family and the special needs of the adopted child, particularly if the child is older; has medical conditions; has physical, mental, or emotional disabilities; or is of a different ethnic, racial, or cultural background than the adoptive family. The assessment will explore the level of attachment occurring within the adoptive family and will utilize specific activities designed to promote and enhance attachment.
    Information relating to the finalization of the adoption is provided to the family, and efforts are directed toward completing all necessary reports required prior to finalization. The department or adoption agency will schedule regular in-person contacts with the family and child following placement until the adoption is finalized.

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