Archive, July 2014.

In a perfect world, every couple that wanted a child would have one. And while infertility issues sometimes makes pregnancy impossible, modern technology now offers couples, with the time and money, an expanding array of options. One possibility is gestational surrogacy.
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Illinois is working to open records that traditionally have been closed. A new state law will make it easier for adoptees to learn about their birth families and to uncover their medical histories.  The bill is part of Illinois’s effort to make adoptions more transparent. Four years ago, the Illinois Birth Certificate Law allowed adopted adults to access their original birth certificates without first obtaining a court order. Now, under this new law, biological families and adopted children have more opportunities to connect and to exchange information.
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Not every child is born into a good home. The tragic reality is that some children are unwanted, even neglected or abused. And while some of these children will be adopted into loving families, others will not. That is why Illinois considers family foster care to be an integral component of the state’s child welfare services. Because this is an important societal role, foster parents must be licensed by the state before they will be allowed to serve in this capacity.
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Families come in all shapes and sizes. The same is true of adoption. While it is more common for a family to adopt a child, Illinois also allows adult adoptions. Adoption is always a personal decision, but there are a few distinct reasons a family might choose to adopt an adult. One example is in the case of adoption of an adult by long-time foster parents. Similarly, it is not unheard of for a stepparent to adopt grown stepchildren. Whatever the reason, as with child adoption, the person intending to adopt must meet the legal requirements.
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Since the noncustodial parent is entitled to reasonable visitation rights, the court may not restrict those rights unless visitation endangers the child. However, the court may modify an order granting or denying visitation rights if that serves the best interests of the child. The court considers numerous factors when determining a child’s best interests. Those factors include:
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Formerly, the only accepted family arrangement in Illinois was a married couple with children (of course, the marriage had to come before the kids). Society considered two-parent households – one mother and one father – the ideal that everyone should aspire to reach. Today, while "traditional" family arrangements are still sought after, both society and the law have become more accepting of "nontraditional" arrangements.
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Illinois law grants the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (specifically, the Division of Child Support Enforcement) with the authority to disclose information about “deadbeat” parents. These are parents who are delinquent in making child support payments, and who have accumulated past-due amounts of $5,000 or more. Their pictures, biographical information, and child support debt can be found online.
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Society encourage parents or guardians to care for minors because the law recognizes that children under the age of 18 typically lack the ability or capacity to manage their own affairs or to live independently. This is not true across the board, though. The law also recognizes that some minors grow up faster than others and need the legal authority to provide for themselves. The Emancipation of Minors Act provides mature minors between 16 and 18 years old with the means to obtain that legal authority.
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