In addition, adoption proceedings are impacted by whether the child to be adopted was born or resided in another country, or a state other than Illinois. Adoptions proceedings can also be impacted if the adoptive parents move out of state or to another country.
Court forms for certain types of adoptions can be downloaded at www.illinoislegalaid.org.
Also, Illinois Legal Aid Online, www.illinoislegalaid.org, is a free, user-friendly website with information on Illinois law. Answers to common adoption questions and step-by-step guidelines on how to handle different types of adoptions are presented, as well as actual court forms that can be downloaded and used in court.
Filing Fee - Adoption Petition
Filing Fee - Notice to Putative Father
Filing Fee - Termination of Parental Rights (Out of State Private Placement)
Filing Fee - Confidential Intermediary
To serve each minor child in Room 701
To serve any person who retains parental rights
Publication (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin)
Guardian ad litem Fees
Special Needs Adoption-DCFS
Each additional child in a Special Needs Adoption (not to exceed $225.00)
Related Adoption (Investigator and GAL)
Related Adoption (GAL only)
Adult Adoption (GAL only - if necessary)
Confirmation of Foreign Adoption (GAL only)
Confirmation of Foreign Adoption (Investigator and GAL)
Putative Father Registry
Background Checks for Related Adoptions
Office of Adoption and Child Custody Advocacy Fee
Cook County Sheriff (for adopting step or co-parent)
Illinois State Police (for adopting step or co-parent)
Certified Copies of Court Records
Illinois Birth Certificate
- 1st Copy
- Each additional copy ordered at the same time
Illinois Record of Foreign Birth
- 1st Copy
- Each additional copy
Any attorney willing to accept an appointment to represent a biological parent in an adoption case and be compensated in accordance with Illinois Supreme Court Rule 299 should submit an Application to the Office of the Presiding Judge, County Division, Room 1701 Daley Center.
The office is the department of Cook County government officially designated by the Circuit Court of Cook County as the social service agency to perform these functions pursuant to the Illinois Adoption Act. (750 ILCS 50/1 et al. (“the Act”)).
*formerly known as the Cook County Department of Supportive Services
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