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Illinois Adoption Legal Resources

You will need an attorney to represent you if you adopt a child from foster care who is under the guardianship of DCFS. It is your right as an adoptive parent to choose your own attorney.  The Guide for Adoptive Parents in Retaining an Adoption Attorney provides an overview about your rights and responsibilities so that you can make an informed decision on which adoption attorney to hire and what to expect from her or him.

If you are the caregiver of a child who is in the care of DCFS and you are the child's proposed private guardian, you will likely be receiving a subsidy from the department after the guardianship order is entered. If you wish to, you may choose and hire an attorney to review your subsidy agreement. This must occur prior to the court date when the guardianship order will be entered.

The Guide for Prospective Guardians provides an overview so that you can make an informed decision on which attorney to hire for the subsidy review and what to expect from her or him.

For more information regarding the Adoption Attorney Panel, contact:
Christina M. Schneider
Special Assistant General Counsel
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Office of Legal Services
160 North LaSalle Street, Suite S-600
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Tel: 312-814-7298/2401 Fax: 312-814-6859

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