Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities

Illinois has progressive adoption laws that protect the rights of birth parents and adoptive parents. Birth parents who are using the services of an adoption agency in Illinois must receive this document from her or his caseworker as soon as is reasonably practical after meeting with an agency worker. Birth parents may take this document home to read in private prior to reviewing it with a worker from the agency.

The information in this document is generally intended to refer to the rights of birth parents in private and agency-assisted adoptions, and does not refer to situations involving adoptions that go through the child Welfare system and Juvenile Court. While much of the information contained in this document is applicable, birth parents Who are considering adoption and have cases pending in Juvenile Court related to the adoption are advised to seek the assistance of their assigned caseworkers and their attorneys…

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