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Adopting a child can be one of the happiest and most stressful time periods in a family’s life. The decision to add a new member to your family is life-changing and it is important that it is done correctly.
There are several types of adoption that are available to people in Illinois.
A homestudy is required in most adoptions. This is a thorough investigation of your home, family and other relationships. It is a time consuming process and takes an average of 2-6 months to complete.
If you are planning on adopting a child, it is a good time to start preparing. Be sure to gather all your important documents including, but not limited to birth certificates, marriage licenses, tax returns, W2s, and financial statements. You will also need to obtain a recent physical and a valid TB test. Fingerprinting and criminal background checks are also a requirements of this process. Lastly, a home visit in conducted to ensure that you have a safe home with reasonable space to accommodate a child.
An amended birth certificate is issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and takes about 2-3 months to receive. Once the child has been adopted and name has been legally changed a social security number can be issued in the child’s adoptive name. While the adoption is pending , adoptive parents can obtained an Adoption Tax Identification Number (ATIN) from the IRS, which can be used in place of a social security number until the adoption is finalized.
Adoption Center of Illinois - http://adoptioncenterofillinois.org/
Dave Thomas Foundation - https://davethomasfoundation.org/
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)- https://www.illinois.gov/dcfs/lovinghomes/adoption/Pages/default.aspx
Illinois Center for Adoption and Permanency (ICAP) - http://illinoiscap.org/
Child Adoption Resources - http://www.childadoptionresources.com/child_adoption/child_adoption_illinois.htm
Adoption Services - http://www.adoptionservices.org/adoption_manual/index.htm
IRS Adoption Credit and Adoption Assistance Programs- https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html
To obtain more information on qualifying for and/or receive assistance on any of these legal issues please contact our office at (630) 780 – 8242 and we will be happy to help.