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Should I Pursue an Agency Adoption or Independent Adoption?

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St. Charles Adoption LawyerAdoption can be а complex process with mаny different steps аnd requirements. If you are interested in adding a child into your family through adoption, you have many options for doing so in the state of Illinois. 

One of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to pursue an agency adoption or independent adoption. During an independent adoption or private adoption,  hopeful adoptive parents find a birth mother who is willing to place her child for adoption. During an agency adoption, hopeful adoptive parents work with a state-licensed child welfare agency. Each type of adoption has its own advantages and disadvantages that you should consider before making your decision.

Adoption Through an Illinois Adoption Agency

Birth parents who recognize that they cannot care for their children may relinquish their parental rights to an adoption agency. This allows another family to adopt the child. In Illinois, agencies providing adoption services must be licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services.

If you adopt a child through an agency, you will have access to crucial resources and support throughout the adoption process. Agency staff can provide you with information and help you navigate the complex legal process of adopting a child.

The disadvantage of adopting through an agency is that you may have less control over the process. You may have to wait longer to be matched with a child, as agencies must first ensure that the placement is in the best interests of the child. You will also need to meet the requirements of the agency, which may include completing a home study or attending pre-adoption education classes.

Adopting Independently in Illinois

A private adoption or independent adoption does not involve an adoption agency. Birth parents do not relinquish parental rights to an agency, but instead, relinquish parental rights and give consent directly to the adoptive parents. The birth mother and prospective adoptive parents may meet several times before the child is born. In some cases, the adoptive parents are even present during the child's birth.

Although independent adoption has advantages, there are also legal and personal risks associated with independent adoption. The outcome of adoption is not certain until the legal adoption process is finalized, and a birth mother may change her mind before or after the baby is born. This can be heartbreaking for the hopeful adoptive parents. There can also be complications caused by the involvement of the child's birth father.  Sadly, some people pursuing independent adoption have even been the victims of scams.

Contact a Kane County Adoption Lawyer

Working with an experienced adoption lawyer is essential regardless of the type of adoption you pursue. Adoption is a very complicated legal process, and any mistakes you make can cause delays or even block the adoption entirely. Call the skilled St. Charles adoption attorneys at Goostree Law Group at 630-584-4800 for a confidential consultation to learn more.



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