Frequently Asked Questions


We are dedicated to helping clients navigate their family building journey. Click on the links below to have your initial questions answered.


FAQs for Birth Parents

  1. Do I need an attorney?
  2. How much will this cost?
  3. Do I have to go to court?
  4. What are the rights of birth mothers?
  5. What are the rights of birth fathers?
  6. What adoption-related expenses can be paid by the adoptive parents?
  7. What if I want an open adoption?
  8. Can I find my child when (s)he becomes an adult or can (s)he find me?
  9. Can a birth parent anonymously surrender a newborn child?

FAQs for Adoptive Parents

  1. How much will this cost?
  2. Do I have to go to court?
  3. How long does the adoption process take?
  4. What is a home study? Why do we have to have one?
  5. Does Illinois allow same sex adoptions?
  6. What is the federal tax credit for adoption?
  7. Should we use an adoption facilitator?
  8. Can I adopt a child born in another state?
  9. I am an adult adoptee. How do I obtain my original birth certificate?
  10. Can we adopt if the identity or whereabouts of the birth father are unknown?