We Assist With Stepparent Adoptions, Foreign Adoptions And Grandparent/Third-Party Adoptions
Adopting a child can be an anxious time, from the bureaucratic hoops and hurdles to unexpected developments. At Schwulst & Roseberry, P.C., we work to anticipate problems and make sure that your adoption is accomplished as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Our lawyers handle all facets of adoption, including proceedings for termination of parental rights. We represent parents and other parties in family courts of McLean County and surrounding counties of central Illinois. Contact us today for a free half-hour initial consultation.
Adoption And Termination Of Parental Rights
Every situation is unique. Our knowledgeable attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience in family law, including every type of adoption, such as:
• Stepparent adoption – We represent stepfathers or stepmothers in formally adopting a child to “make it official” and to establish inheritance, parenting authority, and other legal rights and obligations. This requires terminating the natural parents’ rights, which may be voluntary or unopposed or which may involve contested proceedings.
• Private or agency adoptions – We represent adoptive parents or birth parents in these arrangements, from subsidizing the costs of prenatal care to the terms of adoption (open or closed). We also handle surrogacy arrangements.
• Foreign adoptions – When adopting a child from Russia, Romania or other countries, questions about the paperwork or legalities may surface later. We do not facilitate foreign adoptions, but we provide “re-adoption” under the laws of Illinois for an added layer of protection.
• Third-party adoptions – If a child has been orphaned, abandoned or removed from the care of the natural parents, we can represent grandparents, aunts/uncles, godparents, adult siblings or nonfamily parties in formal custody and adoption proceedings.