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In this article, we explain the difference between guardianship and adoption in Illinois. Both court-appointed guardianships and adoptions of a minor give authority and responsibility for the care and decision making regarding the child. However, guardianship and adoption differ greatly from a legal standpoint. First, guardianship is temporary while adoption is permanent. Second, the biological parents retain superior rights as parents during a guardianship under Illinois law.
The purpose of this article is to explain the Illinois adoption process. Adoption in Illinois is governed by the Illinois Adoption Act (750 ILCS 50/0.01, et seq.). Our DuPage adoption attorneys lay out the different types of adoption in Illinois, who is eligible to adopt and be adopted, the process for terminating the biological parents' parental rights, and the process of petitioning for adoption from filing an adoption petition to amending the adopted child's birth certificate.