Jul 31, 2014 | Family Law

Many families in Illinois adopt children for various reasons. Adoption is a unique area of family law that can allow children to become a part of a loving family. Many times, families adopt children who are given up for adoption by the birth parent. Other times, the children are taken away from the biological parents by the state, if the parents are no longer capable of caring for the child. In either instance, it can give the child a chance at being a part of a stable and loving family.

This was the case for one child who was adopted by a family when he was six-years-old. He was three-years-old when he was removed from his parents’ home and placed in a foster home until he was adopted. He never took the opportunity for granted and became a very good high school athlete. The family has also adopted six other children over the years and has two foster children as well. The family believes that it is important for them to never say no to a child in need of a home, and the adopted children have done well, as a result.

Adoption can be a long process involving many legal documents, but the results can be very rewarding. In addition to adoptions through agencies, there are other kinds of adoptions. There are step-parent adoptions, when parents marry a new husband or wife with children of their own. There are relative adoptions, which generally take place when another family member dies. There are adult adoptions, and others. Each type of adoption has its own unique nuances, but all can be a good situation for both the child and the family adopting.

There are many adoptions in Illinois each year. There are all kinds of adoptions as well that all have their own legal nuances. Attorneys understand these legal nuances and can be a helpful resource as one attempts to bring a new member into their family.

Source: Peoria Journal Star, “Adoptive family helped Josh Kirby clear many hurdles on route to state medals,” Dave Allen, July 26, 2014