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4 Things to Expect When You Adopt in Kane County

 Posted on April 19, 2022 in Family Law

Kane County Adoption LawyerAdopting a child can be a joyous occasion for many. When you choose to adopt a child in Kane County, there are a few things you should know and prepare for. The process of adoption can vary depending on the circumstances–a family adoption may look quite a bit different than an adoption through an agency or a foster child adoption. At times, the process may seem frustrating, redundant, or confusing. Having an attorney who is experienced with adoption can help simplify the process for you. 

What Should I Expect When I am Planning to Adopt?

The more you know about the Illinois adoption process in advance, the better you can prepare. While some parts of the screening or court proceedings might seem intimidating, keep in mind that you are not expected to be perfect. The state is mainly interested in making sure that you will be able to provide a safe environment for the child. Some things you should be aware of going in include: 

  • Screening - Kane County courts require all prospective adoptive parents to submit to a screening process. This is likely not as frightening or invasive as you might fear–again, you are not expected to be perfect. The screening includes a background check to make sure that nothing in your record suggests that you would endanger a child. It also may include a home visit to make sure that your home environment is safe and appropriate for a child. 

  • Classes - You will be required to complete a 39-hour class, along with your spouse if you are married. These classes, while time-consuming, can provide you with valuable information that can make your transition into parenthood as smooth as possible. 

  • Costs - If you adopt a child who is currently in foster care in Illinois, there are no fees. If you are adopting a child who is in foster care in another state, you could be reimbursed for certain fees. However, if you are adopting through an agency then the costs can drastically increase - especially if you plan to adopt internationally. 

  • Timeline - The actual process for adoption typically takes around six months. Adopting a child in DCFS custody is likely to take less time, while an agency adoption could take longer. Most adoption agencies have their own processes that need to be completed before a legal petition for adoption can be initiated. 

No matter what type of adoption you are interested in, an attorney can help give you a better understanding of what to expect during the process. 

Call a Kane County Adoption Attorney

If you are considering adopting a child, Serrano Hanson can offer you quality representation throughout the process. Our experienced Geneva adoption lawyers can guide you through the steps it takes to adopt in Illinois. Call 630-844-8781 for a confidential consultation. 




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