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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-design-3.jpgA guardian has the same responsibilities to a child as a child’s biological parent. An individual may obtain legal guardianship of a child in Illinois because a child’s biological parents cannot properly care for them, a child’s biological parents passed away in a tragic accident, a minor child is living with a disability, or senior adults do not have the ability to care for themselves.

Types of Guardianships

In Illinois, an individual can become a permanent legal guardian, a guardian ad litem, a standby guardian, or a short-term guardian. Let’s take a closer look at how each of these four types of guardianships are defined.

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Illinois adoption lawyersAlthough the adoption laws in Illinois are geared primarily toward children, the state also allows for adult adoptions. Much like child adoption, it offers the benefit of a legally binding parent-child relationship, just as if the adult had been biologically born to the adopting person. How exactly does this process work, and why should you consider it for your family? The following explains.

Why Adopt an Adult?

Adult adoptions in Illinois rare, but they offer numerous benefits to both the adopting individual and adopted adult. Deemed the legal “child” of the adopting “parent,” the adopted adult becomes eligible for any inheritance that may be left behind once the adopting parent passes. Adoption also ensures the child has legal rights to make medical decisions for the adopting parent, should they ever become incapacitated or otherwise incapable of making such decisions themselves. In situations involving an adult child with disabilities, adoption can also give legal rights to an adopting parent, which they may need to secure benefits for the adult child.

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DuPage County family law attorneysChildren are placed for adoption in a variety of ways, under an array of circumstances, and for a wide range of reasons. Most grow up to be happy, well-adjusted adults. That does not necessarily quell their curiosity, however. In fact, a large percentage of adopted children want to know where they came from, why they were placed for adoption, or what life might have been like, had things worked out differently. Around half end up searching for answers to those questions.

What Adopting Parents Should Know

According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, around half of all adopted children eventually search for their birth parents. Some are simply looking for health-related information, but others are looking to satisfy their curiosity and to ask questions surrounding the nature of their adoption. However, not every adopted adult searching for answers finds what they are looking for. In fact, many come to a dead end. In some cases, it is because the birth parent signed a no-contact veto, which legally keeps most of their information private. However, in many cases, it is simply because the agency did not collect enough information to effectively track down a birth parent.

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international adoption, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois adoption lawyer,For many Illinois couples, adoption is the right way to add a child to their family. This decision is often an emotional one and changes not only the adoptive parents' lives, but the life of the adopted child and any of the parents' other children as well.

Adopting a child is a complicated process. There are multiple routes parents can take to adopt a child, each with its own unique challenges and benefits. If you and your spouse are considering adopting a child, talk about these different routes and your thoughts about each one. For some couples, adopting a child from their country of origin is a priority. For others, adopting a child from a relative or family friend and allowing the child to maintain a relationship with his or her birth mother as he or she grows up is the best choice.

In Illinois, adoptions are regulated by the laws included in the Illinois Adoption Act. It is also important to note that although many adoptive parents are married or in committed relationships, this is not a legal requirement. You may adopt a child as a single parent in Illinois.

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It was a dream come true for a little girl in Bolivia: a family who wanted to adopt her. But more than three years later, the family from west suburban Aurora is still trying to bring 5-year-old Cecilia home. Attorney Brad Giglio of Mevorah Law Offices LLC says the feds have told him and his clients to be patient. Read more from CBS Chicago. Support Bringing Cecilia Home on Facebook.

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