Adoption Lawyers Serving Illinois
There are many ways to grow your family, and adoption is one of them. Adoption is usually a win-win proposition with parents welcoming the child they desire into their family and children finding the forever home they crave. The legalities of the adoption process can be complex, however, and the assistance of an experienced attorney is required. At Kezy & Associates, we are experienced in helping individuals, couples, and families through the adoption process. We understand how emotionally charged adoption matters can be, and our family law attorneys strive to complete the process as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Types of Adoptions
Adoptions can come in many forms and each form has its share of challenges. With over 25 years of experience practicing family law, we are familiar with the ins and outs of all types of adoptions, including:
- Private, or independent, adoptions – Adoptions in which the biological parents of a child choose the adoptive parents and place the child with them directly without using a licensed adoption agency are consider private, or independent, adoptions. We are skilled in representing both biological and adoptive parents in finalizing a private adoption and ensuring all law and regulations are followed and our clients’ interests are protected.
- Agency adoptions – Adoptions that are arranged by licensed Illinois adoption agencies or public adoption agencies. Even with the assistance of an adoption agency, experienced counsel to represent your interests is essential.
- Related adoptions – When family members adopt children. Most commonly these are stepparent adoptions, but they may also be grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle and other family members.
- Co-parent, or same-sex adoptions – When two unmarried people adopt a child. The most common scenario is when between same-sex couples, one of who is the biological parent of the child.
While the adoption process is generally extremely positive for many families, it can be time-consuming, costly, and fraught with pitfalls. Regardless of the circumstances of your adoption case, we have the knowledge and skill to provide confident and compassionate representation.
If you are considering adoption or are already involved in the adoption process and need experienced legal advice, contact us to schedule a free consultation. Our family law attorneys will explain the adoption process and answer your questions. We work with individuals and families throughout Illinois from beginning to end of the adoption process.