At Berger Schatz Family Building, we understand the unexpected and will work with you to secure the best possible outcome.

At both our Chicago and Lake Forest offices, we provide a wide range of adoption services, many of which are described in more detail below. Contact us to obtain more information about how we can assist you in creating your adoption plan.


Surrender is the voluntary relinquishment of all parental rights and duties of a parent or parents, which legally frees a child for adoption. Surrender is typically utilized when the adoption proceeds with the assistance of an agency. Once a surrender is signed by the birth parent(s), the agency has the right to consent to the adoption.

Putative Father

A “Putative Father” is the legal term for a man who is alleged or claims to be the father of a child. Generally, a putative father (i) was not married to the child's mother at the time of the child's birth; (ii) is not listed on the child's birth certificate; and (iii) does not have a court order recognizing paternity.