The Path to Adoption

Roscich & Martell Law Firm, LLC

When adopting a child, several legal issues will arise. Please, consider the following:

Regulation of Adoption Expenses (Domestic)

Nearly all States, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories have enacted statutes that provide some regulation of the fees and expenses that adoptive parents are expected to pay when arranging an adoptive placement. Some of the fees and expenses that are typically addressed in the statutes are placement costs, such as agency fees; legal and attorney expenses for adoptive and birth parents; and some of the expenses of the birth mother during pregnancy.

Consent to Adoption

State laws specify the persons who must consent to a childs adoption, timeframes for consent, and guidelines for revocation of consent.

Criminal Background Checks for Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents

Prospective foster and adoptive parents will undergo checks of State and Federal criminal records, as well asany adults residing in the prospective parents' households.

Collection of Family Information about Adopted Persons and their Birth Families

There are laws regarding the types of information that are required or permitted to be collected on adopted persons and their birth families. Information generally relates to medical and genetic history, family and social background, and mental health history. For the adopted young person, it may also include placement history and any history of abuse or neglect.

Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights

There is a legal basis for terminating the rights of parents who have been found unfit to parent their children. The circumstances under which the court may find that termination may not serve the childs best interests and under which a parents rights may be reinstated also are addressed.

These concerns, among others, may arise during the process of adoption. Knowing what steps to take and the avenues to go through are important factors. To be sure you can smoothly move ahead with your plan to adopt, you may wish to contact a qualified attorney in Naperville, Illinois.

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