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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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Illinois adoption lawyersAn annually released report from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) indicates that there are nearly 6,000 children in the custody of the state’s foster care system. Estimates suggest that there are as many as 100,000 throughout the country, waiting for a forever family. Unfortunately, there are several misconceptions about these children that ultimately decrease their rate of adoption. This misinformation is not only inaccurate, but it is also damaging to the children in urgent need of a safe and loving home. The following information combats these inaccuracies, and it provides details on where families can find assistance with the foster care adoption process.

You Will Be Pushed into Adopting Extra Children

A lot of people seem to worry that getting involved with the foster care system means taking on more children than they can handle. Quite the opposite is usually true. Although the system is certainly overloaded, DCFS tends to err on the side of caution when placing children with a family. Many of these children have already witnessed abuse or neglect; the last thing they need is a home where they do not receive the love and attention they deserve. So, if you can only adopt one child, speak up and say so. You have control over the size of your family.

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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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The adoption process in the United States is cumbersome and it is meticulously designed due to the great emphasis placed on maintaining the best interests of the children. Potential adopting parents must endure thorough investigations into their personal and professional lives in order to be considered viable candidates to adopt. Often, that process alone can be very stressful. And yet, once the adopting parents are finally approved to adopt a child and bring the child into their home, a whole new host of issues may arise.

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The process of adopting children in the United States is a very lengthy and stringent one. Potential adoptive parents must go through a litany of paperwork, character assessments, and huge financial hurdles to be considered as an acceptable match.

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