Helping Families With Adoption In The Greater Chicago Area

Are you considering adopting a child? Whether you are a stepparent adopting a child, or an individual or couple seeking to adopt a child from the U.S. or internationally, we can help.

At Goddard & Malmquist, we can provide the knowledgeable advice and representation you'll need to make the adoption process as smooth as possible.

The lawyers in the firm have decades of legal experience and have helped many individuals and couples with all types of adoptions. Our firm's commitment to providing personal, one-on-one service lends itself very well to handling the adoption process, which can be a very personal and emotional event in your life.

We Work With All Types Of Illinois Adoptions

Our firm can provide a guiding hand through several different types of adoption processes, including:

  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Adoption of adult children
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Agency adoption of newborn infants and other children from the U.S. or internationally

If a situation exists where parental rights need to be terminated in order for an adoption to occur, we can help make this happen, whether by having the biological parents agree to terminate their rights, or by filing a petition for a hearing regarding the matter.

When dealing with private adoptions, there are many requirements to consider. First, you must work with a licensed adoption agency. Secondly, you will be subject to a home study and other requirements aimed at determining if the adoption is in the child's best interest. Finally, there could be a significant waiting period before the adoption is final. Dealing with all the necessary requirements and stipulations can be difficult and complicated; working with an experienced adoption attorney can make the whole process easier to understand and accomplish.

To discuss how we can help you if you are considering adoption, contact Goddard & Malmquist at 847-382-3995 or you may send me a confidential email to schedule a consultation. We accept major credit cards.