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Adoption Attorneys in Kane County

Lawyers for Adoption Matters in St. Charles, Aurora, and Geneva

It is an unfortunate reality, but a reality nonetheless, that many issues of family law are the result of fractured families or those on the verge of coming apart. While the resolution of such matters may offer a positive future or a second chance, the concept of adoption is specifically intended to help a family grow. In doing so, however, there are a number of legal concerns that must be addressed during the adoption can be officially completed.

At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., we consider it an honor to assist families through the process of adoption. Our attorneys possess the skill and experience to help clients protect their rights and interests at every turn. Adoption can be extremely complicated, depending on the situation, but you can rely on our knowledge and dedication as we work with you in expanding your family.

Kane County Legal Professionals Knowledgeable in the Adoption Process

Adding to your family through adoption, of course, can be one of the most sublime experiences possible. There are, however, a number of challenges that may arise throughout the process. These may include a biological mother suddenly unable to go through with her plan, or a putative father deciding to contest a stepparent adoption. Surprises like these along the way can present emotional, psychological, and legal challenges, but with a qualified lawyer at your side, you will be better prepared for such possibilities.

There are many different types of adoptions and our attorneys have experience working through all kinds of situations. These include:

  • Agency Adoptions: Families work through a private or government agency, including the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to adopt a child in need of a permanent, loving home;
  • Related Adoptions: Adoptions by a family member, including a grandparent or stepparent, are among the most common type of adoptions throughout the country. Siblings, aunts, and uncles may also adopt a child through this relatively simplified process;
  • Private Adoptions: Sometimes known as independent adoption, a private adoption is an arrangement between biological parents and an adoptive family, and does not utilize the assistance of an agency.
  • International Adoptions: A family may choose to open its home to a child in need from another country.

Adoption is permanent and once the process has been completed, an adopted child assumes all of the same rights and protections as any biological child. As such, there are many laws and regulatory procedures in Illinois that must be carefully followed during the adoption proceedings. Our attorneys have a full working knowledge of the state’s applicable adoption laws, and are prepared to put that knowledge to work in making the process as easy as possible for your family.

If you are considering adoption as a means of growing your family, or have already started the process and need help, contact our attorneys at 630-462-9500630-462-9500. Call today to schedule a consultation with an adoption attorney who will listen to your needs and help you understand what to expect along the way. We work with clients throughout Northern Illinois, including DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Cook, DeKalb, and Will Counties.

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rotary of Oak Brook
  • BV Distinguished Rating by Martindale Hubbell
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • DCBA Law Firm of the Year
    DCBA Law Firm of the Year 2011, 2013
  • Outstanding Service to the Office of the State’s Attorney 2006-2007
    Outstanding Service to the Office of the State’s Attorney 2006-2007
  • Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
    Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
  • Client's Choice Award AVVO
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