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Kane County adoption attorneyAdoption can be a long and complicated legal process that tests the patience of even the most dedicated families. There are a number of loose ends that need to be tied up before an adoption is finalized. Among these is obtaining consent from all appropriate parties for the adoption. That often means getting permission from the child’s biological parents, as well as the adoption agency. In some circumstances, you might even need the child’s permission to adopt him or her. Getting consent from the child’s birth parents or adoption agency means that they are handing over all related rights and responsibilities concerning the child to his or her adoptive parents. 

Who is Required to Give Consent?

Under Illinois law, it is a requirement that a child’s birth mother and legal father give their consent for the child to be adopted. In cases where the child is no longer in the care of his or her birth parents, consent must be given by:

  • The child’s legal guardian

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Planning for Standby Adoption After DeathThe most common adoption cases typically involve an adult becoming the legal parent of a child after the biological parents consent to giving up their parental rights. Illinois is one of the few states to include standby adoption as a legal option. Standby adoption allows parents to decide who the adoptive parents of their children will be in case of their deaths. The rights and responsibilities of parents in a standby adoption are the same as those in other forms of adoption in Illinois, but the process must be planned in advance.

How It Works

Standby adoption may be established as part of an estate plan or when a parent has a terminal illness. The parents must fill out a consent form that:

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foreign adoption, domestic adoption, the Adoption Act, Illinois adoption lawyer, attorneyAs many families know, the decision to adopt a child is often easier than the actual adoption process, especially when adopting internationally. Some countries have made the process extremely difficult or altogether impossible, like with Russia’s adoption freeze.

In other countries, like Japan, cultural norms hinder foreign adoption. In fact, in Japan, adult adoptions are more common than child adoptions. A typical example of an adult adoption is adopting a husband into the wife’s family. Child adoptions are more rare because Japanese culture is concerned with the purity of family bloodlines. That explains why in 2012, only 21 Japanese children were adopted by American families. Compare that to the more than 2,500 adoptions from China or the more than 600 adoptions from South Korea.

Even without such cultural differences, foreign adoption is complicated because multiple sets of laws dictate:

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