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Posted on in Adoption

Lombard, IL Adoption LawyerAdoption is a popular option for many couples and individuals who wish to start a family. More than 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. Although it is often said parents who adopt are saving the child’s life, adoption significantly benefits the lives of parents as well. Adoptions vary, including the processes involved. Here is a look at the different types of adoptions so you can determine which is best for you. Whichever method you choose, adoption is a legal process, and you want a skilled adoption lawyer to help you throughout.

Domestic Adoption

These adoptions are those completed entirely within the U.S. There are two ways in which a domestic adoption can be completed: through an agency or private adoption. Agencies facilitate the adoption process and connect prospective parents with potential adoptees. Independent adoptions are often the choice of couples who already know the birth mother or family. 

Foster Care Adoption

A child being adopted within the foster care system has had their biological parents’ rights relinquished by the court. Most foster care system adoptions are completed by the child’s foster parents. These are individuals who have already cared for the child for an extended period of time. Those in foster care are often placed due to neglect, physical abuse, substance abuse, etc. 

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language of adoption

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), both highly dedicated to the health and well-being of all children, would like to remind medical professionals, family and friends associated with a recent adoption that often unnecessary or thoughtless language can damage the already fragile self-esteem level of the child and even perhaps the adoptive parents.

In conjunction with the AAP, the DCFS offers the Let’s Talk! Respectful Adoption Language and Behavior booklet, both online and in hard-copy form to all medical professionals or interested adoptive families or friends interested in the Do’s and Don’ts of adoption language and behavior.

The following guidelines provide respectful options for broaching the subject of adoption. These guidelines may also prove helpful to those couples considering adoption as to what may be appropriate and what may be insensitive.

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Posted on in Children

hague convention adoptionDeciding to adopt takes courage and unconditional love. Deciding to adopt internationally requires deep conviction, patience and, of course, unconditional love.

Setting the wheels in motion requires an experienced intercountry adoption attorney, an accredited adoption agency and a strong understanding of the Hague Convention.

As per the Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State, the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption Convention is an international agreement to safeguard intercountry adoptions. As concluded in 1993 in the Netherlands, the Convention established international standards of practices for all adoptions conducted between participating countries. Although intercountry adoptions can be initiated with countries not participating in the Hague Convention, those who choose to adopt from participating countries often receive greater protections during the adoption process.

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adoption attorney, adoption lawyer, Illinois adoption laws, Hague convention, family lawDetermining whether or not adoption is the right path for you takes careful consideration. It is not a decision you will reach quickly, because your decision may affect the child, you and your spouse, and the birth parents. There are some tough questions to ask not of the adoption agency but of yourself.

Planned Parenthood, a trusted healthcare provider of women around the globe, offers a list of questions to potential adoptive parents to encourage considerations before moving forward with your decision to adopt a child into your life and your home.

  • Am I ready to become a parent?
  • Do I have adequate finances to care for a child?
  • How will adoption affect my future?
  • Will I be haunted by the fact that I am not the biological parent?
  • Is adoption something I feel I should do or is it what I want to do?
  • How important are other people’s opinions of adoption to me?

You may also want to consider and truthfully explore the following pros and cons of adoption before contacting an experienced adoption attorney in your area.

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international adoption, foreign born adoption, children, Illinois adoption lawyerDeciding to adopt a child is an intensely personal decision. In some cases, parents attempt to adopt a child from within the United States, preferring a child who is culturally similar to themselves. A newly released census report shows this is not always the case, however.

According to USA Today, two percent of the 64.8 million children in the United States are adopted. Of those, thirteen percent were adopted from foreign countries, mostly within Asia. Interestingly, the rate of international adoptions increased by 12 percent from 2000 to 2010, and 28 percent of all adopted children were adopted by a family whose race was different from their own. In fact, 37 percent of children whose adoptive families were of a different ethnicity were born outside of the U.S. The article states that there has long been an interest in international adoptions in the United States, particularly by wealthier families. In fact, foreign-born adopted children were found to be more likely to live in households with incomes at or above $100,000/yr when compared to to U.S.-born adoptees. Pediatrician Jane Aronson told USA Today that this may be because families with higher incomes are more inclined to help children from poorer countries. This may also be due, in part, to the expense associated with international adoptions. Naturally, adopting a stepchild or a child who was born and currently resides in the U.S. will cost less than adopting a child from a foreign country. The travel expenses alone make international adoptions prohibitive for less wealthy families. Whether international or domestic, adoption can be a difficult and at times confusing process. It is always best in these situations to have a qualified family law attorney on your side to help you through the process. If you are hoping to adopt a child in Illinois, contact A. Traub & Associates today for a consultation. They can ensure that your adoption proceeds as smoothly as possible so that you and your new child can begin building memories as soon as possible.
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