Wheaton Adoption Lawyers
Adoption Attorneys Serving DuPage, Kendall, and Will Counties
The legal process of adoption bestows the status of parenthood on those who wish to care for a child that is not biologically theirs. For an adoption to be granted, courts must decide whether or not the prospective parents are capable and fit enough to take responsibility for this new addition to their lives.
Children who have been adopted will have the same rights and privileges as children who were born to parents biologically. At the same time, adoptive parents will have the legal obligation to care for children, provide them with financial support, and ensure that their needs are met. The process of adopting a child is often complicated and time-consuming; therefore, it is imperative for parents to enlist a knowledgeable family law attorney who can provide assistance throughout the entire adoption process.
At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we assist with multiple types of adoption cases, including:
- Step-parent adoptions - The most common adoption cases involve situations in which a person who is married to a spouse who has a child from a previous relationship wishes to become the legal parent of their step-child. While these cases are usually relatively straightforward, parents may encounter difficulties as they seek permission to terminate the parental rights of the child's other biological parent. In some cases, the other parent may not want to give up their rights, or it may be difficult to locate them. Our attorneys can ensure that the proper procedures are followed in these situations, and we will work to help parents complete the adoption process as smoothly as possible.
- Private adoptions - Many domestic adoption cases involve the adoption of a child through an adoption agency or through a private agreement with one or both of the child's birth parents. For parents who are looking to adopt an infant or a young child, we can help create open or closed adoption agreements that will protect the rights and meet the needs of all parties involved.
- International adoptions - Adopting a child from a foreign country can be a complicated process due to laws and regulations that may vary from country to country. Our adoption attorneys are knowledgeable about international adoption procedures, and we can help adoptive parents navigate the particular rules of adoption in different countries as they work towards their goal of growing their families through adoption.
- Foster-child adoption - People who serve as foster parents may build strong relationships with the children they care for, and they may wish to make these relationships permanent by legally adopting foster children. In other situations, adoptive parents may seek to provide a permanent home for children who do not have a strong parental figure in their lives. Our attorneys can help parents navigate the process of being approved to adopt children who are in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Contact Our DuPage County Adoption Attorneys
At Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, our attorneys have extensive experience managing adoption cases. We understand the emotional and financial commitment adoption requires of parents, and we are dedicated to helping families make their adoption dreams a reality. Contact a skilled and compassionate DuPage County family law lawyer at 630-665-7300.