My sons has 2 daughters. The mother simply gave them to me 2 years ago, she said she couldn't handle raising them. Both the mother and the father has given me permission to adopt…but the internet is overwhelming with a lot of information..that only confuses the situation, I don't have much money and the attorney fees can also be overwhelming, so how do I proceed?
What you describe is a 'related adoption". You and your spouse (if any) can file a Petition for Adoption in any county in Illinois. The biological parents will.need to consent to the adoption, which typically is done by signing Consent before a Judge in the adoption case. The court will require certain information about you as the adoptive parents before entering a Judgment Order for Adoption. You would be best served by retaining a lawyer who is well versed in adoption law and procedure. The cost for a related adoption such as yours should not be prohibitive. Many lawyers, including me, offer a free initial consultation for such matters.
Sara Howard has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1983. Her practice concentrates in adoption and family law as well as real estate law & landlord tenant matters . She is currently a member of the Chicago Bar Association's Adoption Law Committee and a former bank attorney . Any response to a question on AVVO does not constitute an attorney client relationship, but is general information based on the limited information provided. Free initial consultations are offered.
Attorney fees vary widely, you may be able to save a lot of money by filing in another county if you are willing to drive a bit. You should also keep in mind that there is an Illinois state Adoption tax credit and a Federal Adoption Tax Credit that may allow you to recoup much of your adoption expenses. You should explore these options with an experienced adoption attorney who offer free consultations.
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