Domestic Adoption is the adoption of a child within the United States. Domestic adoption can be the placement of a child by a licensed agency, a private or independent arrangement (where attorneys handle the entire process), or the adoption of a child from the foster care system. Each path to adoption has its own rules to follow and pitfalls you will want to avoid.
Agency or Agency-Assisted
A licensed agency can place a child with an adoptive family or assist in a privately-arranged adoption. There are many advantages to using an agency in Illinois, including counseling, education and out-of-court consents.
Private or Independent
If adoptive and birth parents make an adoption plan for a child, Illinois law allows the adoption to be handled without an agency if all parties reside in Illinois. A pre-adoption home study is not required, although one is necessary if the adoption is the parties reside in different states.
Although foster care adoption can be a lengthy and sometimes frustrating process, adoptive families are eligible for a monthly stipend, Medicaid coverage for the child and payment of all legal fees and costs.
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