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Adoption: A birth mother's right to change her mind

Adoption is a sensitive subject, which naturally brings about many conflicting emotions. Giving up a child for adoption must be one of the most difficult decisions any mother might have to make. For a birth parent, giving up a child will remove the right to make crucial decisions on behalf of the child and seek custody or even visitation rights. However, even if a birth parent in Illinois has signed an agreement before the child's birth, it's still possible to change one's mind at any time, as long as it happens before the court finalizes the adoption process.

The why and how of stepchild adoption in Illinois

Although various forms of adoptions take place in Illinois, stepchild adoptions might be the most frequently filed adoption applications. The reasons for pursuing a stepchild adoption are often aimed at the best interests of the child because it usually involves the loss of one parent, either through death or divorce. This period is typically an emotionally turbulent time for the child.

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