As an Illinois adoption lawyer, Attorney Zachary Townsend has spent over a decade helping families formalize their parental relationships through all forms of adoption. The staff at Pro Legal Care LLC will work with your family’s unique goals to help you create security moving forward.
Domestic infant adoption is a common form of adoption with which Pro Legal Care LLC and Attorney Zach Townsend are experienced. Whether your placement is through an agency or a private arrangement, we will help you navigate the legal process with clear and regular communication.
Sometimes called “second parent adoption”, we choose to describe this form of adoption as co-parent adoption because no parent is secondary to another. Co-parent adoption is often used when one parent has a biological relationship to the child and the other does not, such as in same sex relationships or same sex marriage.
While Illinois recognizes both parents of a child born to a same-sex marriage, many other states do not. Until all states recognize both parents, co-parent adoption is a safety mechanism to ensure the equal rights of both parents in a same-sex marriage because we cannot guarantee that your rights in Illinois will protect your family or be recognized in other states.
If you are raising a child whose biological parent is uninvolved, stepparent adoption can be a very rewarding way of formalizing the parent/child relationship that is already in practice in your home. There are significant legal benefits to making your parental rights legally recognized, including decision-making in health, education, and religious choices, and the ability to provide care in an emergency.
Attorney Townsend has successfully completed numerous stepparent adoptions and was a guest on a Rockford television program to speak about stepparent adoption.
Though stepparent adoption merely formalizes the way your family is already functioning, completing the process can be incredibly meaningful for both you and your child.
Families are structured in many ways and we are experienced in adoptions by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and more. Like stepparent adoptions, completing a legal adoption for the child you are raising provides security and clarity when decisions must be made for the child such as healthcare and education.
One of the most rewarding forms of adoption that we help provide is the adoption of an adult, often by the caretaker who raised them. When a biological parent doesn’t consent to an adoption or an adoption is otherwise not a choice while a person is still a minor, that person can choose to complete an adoption as an adult, which does not require consent by a biological parent. An adult adoption provides legal stability and legal clarity to you as an adult child of your parent.
If it would be meaningful to you or your parent to complete an adoption, schedule a consultation today to learn more about the process.
Contested adoption is another form of adoption in which Pro Legal Care LLC and Attorney Zach Townsend are experienced. When a biological parent is uninvolved, has abandoned a child, is unfit to be involved in the child’s life, or for other reasons is not parenting a child, the caretakers of the child may seek an adoption without the consent or cooperation of that biological parent. Consented adoptions are more complicated, costly, and more likely to require the involvement of an attorney in order to navigate the legal process and reach the desired goal.
Scheduling an Adoption Lawyer Consultation
Text or call (815) 200-8802 or reach out to us online to schedule a consultation with Attorney Zachary Townsend and Pro Legal Care LLC. Your consultation will include a review of the history of your family’s situation and discussion of your goals for the outcome of your case so that Attorney Townsend can provide your family with a new path forward.