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Champaign County Adoption Attorneys

Our Champaign County adoption attorneys are proficient in adoption cases. Learn how to win your adoption case and secure your family's future by working with our team
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We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who is a “real person” can be difficult. Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you. It is important that he or she be down-to-earth and someone that you connect with.

We believe your attorney should be accessible

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

We believe your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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More information about our Champaign County Adoption Attorneys

Our Champaign County adoption attorneys provide an experienced and efficient solution to your adoption needs. The adoption process can sometimes be a frustrating and difficult process but our team is here to help. We will ensure an efficient process that helps you cut through the red tape of the adoption process.

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The purpose of a consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us.

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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

Further Reading from our Champaign County Adoption Attorneys

Adoption Law Explained

In this article, our Champaign County adoption attorneys explain Illinois adoption law. Adoption in Illinois is governed by the Illinois Adoption Act. The following are the 5 different types of adoption:

  • Related Adoption occurs when the person being adopted is related to the adopting parents. This happens when a step-parent wishes to adopt his or her step-child. The biological parent would be listed on the adoption petition as well as the step-parent.
  • Agency Adoption occurs when an agency gives the authority to place a child with the adopting parents. This can happen when the biological parents voluntarily give their child to an adoption agency or when a court has terminated the biological parents' parental rights.
  • Private adoption occurs outside an agency and neither adopting parents are related to the child being adopted.
  • Adoption of an adult occurs when the child is 18 years or older when being adopted.
  • Standby adoption occurs when a legal parent is terminally ill and agrees to a specific person adopting the child if the parent becomes too ill to take care of the child.

In order to be eligible to adopt in Illinois, you must not have a legal disability, have lived in Illinois for at least 6 months, and have a good reputation. In normal circumstances, the adopting parents must be over the age of 18, but the court has the discretion if good cause is presented.


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Adoption Frequently Asked Questions

In this article, our Champaign County adoption attorneys will answer some frequently asked questions about adoption in Illinois. Adoption is when an adult becomes the legal parent of a child or another adult who is not their biological child. Adopting parents are then legally responsible to care for and support the adopted child, assuming the child is a minor. We answer questions such as, who can adopt a child in Illinois?, What are different types of adoption in Illinois?, how long does adoption take in Illinois, how much does adoption cost, what information available for adopting parents?, do all adoptions require a home study in Illinois, what kind of training is required for Illinois adoption?, and lastly, will the adopted child's birth parents have legal rights?

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The Adoption Process

Our Champaign County adoption attorneys discuss in this article, valuable information regarding current Illinois adoption laws.  Eligibility requirements for adoptees and parents, types of adoption cases including agency adoption, standby adoption, private adoption, adult adoption and related adoptions are explained.

‍Biological parents' rights need to be terminated before the entry of an adoption order in most cases.  The process of terminating parental rights both with and without consent of the biological parents and which cases require the removal of parental rights before adoption can occur are examined.

We explore the entire adoption process from the entering of the adoption petition, the interim hearing, the investigation to the final hearing.  Upon the finalization of adoption we also explain the amendment of the birth certificate.


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