It was a dream come true for a little girl in Bolivia: a family who wanted to adopt her. But more than three years later, the family from west suburban Aurora is still trying to bring 5-year-old Cecilia home. Attorney Brad Giglio of Mevorah Law Offices LLC says the feds have told him and his clients to be patient. Read more from CBS Chicago. Support Bringing Cecilia Home on Facebook.
For many Illinois couples, adoption is the right way to add a child to their family. This decision is often an emotional one and changes not only the adoptive parents’ lives, but the life of the adopted child and any of the parents’ other children as well.
Adopting a child is a complicated process. There are multiple routes parents can take to adopt a child, each with its own unique challenges and benefits. If you and your spouse are considering adopting a child, talk about these different routes and your thoughts about each one. For some couples, adopting a child from their country of origin is a priority. For others, adopting a child from a relative or family friend and allowing the child to maintain a relationship with his or her birth mother as he or she grows up is the best choice.
In Illinois, adoptions are regulated by the laws included in the Illinois Adoption Act. It is also important to note that although many adoptive parents are married or in committed relationships, this is not a legal requirement. You may adopt a child as a single parent in Illinois.
In an international adoption, a couple adopts a child from a foreign country. Every country has unique laws about international adoptions and some prospective parents may not qualify to adopt from certain nations. If you are considering an international adoption, research the laws in the country from which you are considering adopting a child.
When a couple or individual adopts a child who resides in another state, it is considered to be an interstate adoption. All interstate adoptions must comply with the regulations included in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. This type of adoption may be completed privately or through an agency.
When a couple chooses a private adoption, they work with the child’s birth parents and an attorney to complete the transfer of the child’s parentage. Whether the child continues to have a relationship with the birth parents after the adoption, and to which extent this relationship exists, is completely up to the adoptive parents.
With an agency adoption, a child is surrendered to an adoption agency which then places him or her with one of its approved families. Adoption agencies do more than simply place children; they often provide counseling to the child and prospective parents and provide resources for families during and after the transition of adding a new child to their household.
This type of adoption is a hybrid of an agency adoption and a private adoption. The child’s birth parents identify an intended adoptive parent or family, then the adoption is facilitated by an adoption agency. During and following this process, the agency may provide all parties with resources regarding the adoption.
Family Attorneys in DuPage County
If you have decided to adopt a child, it is important to understand the legal process of adoption as well as your rights, your child’s rights, and your child’s birth parents’ rights during and following the adoption. Contact Mevorah Law Offices LLC for your free legal consultation with our firm to discuss these rights and how you can navigate the adoption process. Our team of skilled DuPage County family attorneys proudly supports Illinois families and will treat your case with the sensitivity and care it deserves.
BRIAN STANLEY/Shaw Media
JOLIET – Usually cops and lawyers play hardball.
But the Barristers and Counsel of Will County have challenged members of the Joliet Police Department to play a 12-inch softball game this summer, with proceeds from ticket sales going to local charities.
“We sometimes go at each other in the courtroom so now we’ll go for some bragging rights,” attorney Greg Reeder said Wednesday after serving Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton with a subpoena for the game that does not appear to be legally binding.
But Benton agreed to ask officers to volunteer for the game, which will be held at noon July 25 at Silver Cross Field.
“Your failure to appear in response to this subpoena will subject you to punishment and eternal embarrassment for contempt of … charity,” the document read.
“We have a very athletic department here, especially when there’s a charity involved, a lot of [officers] step up … whether it’s golf or softball,” Benton said.
Reeder said some local attorneys proposed the charity game as “an opportunity for positive interaction between [lawyers] and law enforcement.”
“We played the doctors for three years in a row and beat them handily. Let’s see what the police can do,” attorney Pat Flynn said.
Dave Carlson, Daniel Kennedy and Daniel Rippy, the newest circuit judges in Will County, will serve as umpires for the game.
Tickets will be available soon through the Joliet Slammers, Reeder said Wednesday.
Original article by Brian Stanley, May 6, 2015. Copyright © 2015 The Herald-News. All rights reserved. Published in Joliet, Illinois, USA, by Shaw Media.
If you have recently made the decision to end your marriage, your child has undoubtedly picked up on the feelings of tension and imminent change between you and your spouse. If you are currently going through the divorce process or even if you have been divorced for years, your child might still have questions about the process and what the divorce meant for your family. This is where it is crucial for you to maintain open lines of communication with your child and answer him or her in a truthful, yet age-appropriate way – by lying to your child or otherwise attempting to distort or withhold the truth, you are only alienating him or her and setting the example that he or she cannot come to you with serious questions.
Getting the conversation about your divorce started with your child can be very difficult. You might not know where to begin or what is appropriate to share with him or her. When the time comes to start having this series of discussions with your child, keep the following in mind:
Be Transparent About the Process and Changes that Will Occur
If you know you will be moving out and your former spouse will keep the family home, tell your child this. Older children and adolescents will need more detailed explanations and possibly greater reassurance that although you might not see each other every day, your relationship will not change.
Talk to Your Children Together
If possible, have any “big” conversations about your divorce with your spouse. Do not blame each other or allow your feelings to color these interactions – these discussions are for and about your child, not you. Allow your spouse to respond fully to any questions directed at him or her, and take the time to do the same for questions asked of you.
Discuss and Model Appropriate Means of Expression
It is okay to laugh. It is okay to cry. A divorce brings a swirling storm of emotions, some of which might seem illogical. Impress upon your child that although he or she might feel angry or sad, it is never acceptable to physically lash out against others or use foul or abusive language. Talk about appropriate ways of expressing emotions, such as drawing a picture or writing about your feelings in a journal. Do not allow your child to see you behaving cruelly to your former spouse, his or her new partner, or any other parties. Your child looks up to you and when you model appropriate behavior, he or she will follow.
Divorce Attorneys in DuPage County
If you are considering filing for divorce or have already done so and need expert legal advice and representation, contact Mevorah Law Offices LLC to begin working with one of the dedicated DuPage County divorce attorneys at our firm. We understand that divorce is a sensitive subject that affects every member of your family. Let us guide you through your divorce and make it less stressful for you and your child.