The addition of a new family member through an adoption proceeding can be a wonderful experience. Certain steps have to be taken during the process to ensure that appropriate notice and consents are obtained. Whether the adoption is related or unrelated, Gwendolyn J. Sterk and the Family Law Group can offer a consultation with you to discuss your options and the requirements that must be met before commencing such a proceeding.
Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting for another and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities from the biological parent or parents. Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction. Historically, some societies have enacted specific laws governing adoption; where others have tried to achieve adoption through less formal means, notably via contracts that specified inheritance rights and parental responsibilities without an accompanying transfer of filiation. Modern systems of adoption, arising in the 20th century, tend to be governed by comprehensive statutes and regulations. Our experienced adoption assistance professionals can help clients in Cook, Will, and DuPage Counties navigate the legal process surrounding adoption. Contemporary adoption practices can be open or closed.