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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Adoption

New rules affecting adoptions February 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 Section 5 of the Adoption Act has been amended to expand the definition of "intercountry adoption" and of "preadoption requirements."
Illinois Supreme Court recognizes doctrine of equitable adoption By Adam W. Lasker May 2013 Lawpulse, Page 222 If parents treat a child they have not legally adopted as their own, he can pursue an inheritance even in the absence of their express or implied contract to adopt him, the high court rules.
Service of process not required for adoption defendants under age 14. PA 097-0988 December 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 632 The Illinois Adoption Act has been amended to provide that service of process is not required for minor defendants to an adoption proceeding who are a) under the age of 14 and b) have been or will be appointed a guardian ad litem under the Act. 750 ILCS 50/7.
Ex-husband lacks standing to sue for custody of former wife’s adopted child April 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 184 A person lacks standing to sue for custody when he is neither the biological parent nor the legal adopted parent of the child so long as the child is found in the custody of a legally recognized parent or guardian who is acting in the best interests of the child.
Statutory Parenthood for Same-Sex Partners By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness December 2011 Column, Page 636 The Illinois Parentage Act should be amended to make it easier for same-sex partners to establish their parenthood.
Adoption law pointers By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2011 Lawpulse, Page 434 The August Child Law Section newsletter includes an adoption law legislation roundup and helps lawyers help clients find birth parents and readopt after surrendering parental rights.
Section 1(D)(q) of the Adoption Act violates equal protection June 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 On March 24, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court held that section 1(D)(q) of the Adoption Act, 750 ILCS 50/1(D)(q), is unconstitutional because it violates equal protection.
State criminalizes assisting with credit applications when help is contingent on surrendering or placing a child for adoption PA 093-1063 March 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Effective in June, individuals will not be able to take certain actions that are dependent on a second person taking action with regard to child care arrangements.
DCFS to make good faith effort to place adopted siblings together; P.A 92-0666 June 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 280 The Children and Family Services Act was recently amended to include a provision regarding the placement of siblings of adopted children.
Adoption policies changed January 2003 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 23, 2002, the Department of Children and Family Services (department) amended rules relating to parental fitness and general adoption policies in title 89 of the Illinois Administrative Code.
Adoption assistance services March 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 On December 15, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted amendments to section 302 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 302.
Definitions and disclosure amended December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On September 14, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted amendments and additions to section 301 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 301.
Legislation clarifies that failure to vaccinate a child for religious or medical reasons is not neglect or abuse; P.A. 92-375 December 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 In August, Gov. Ryan signed into law Senate Bill 1305, which amends the Adoption Act to clarify that a parent's failure to vaccinate a child due to religious or medical reasons, allowed by law, does not constitute child neglect or abuse.
Considerations for adoptive placements November 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 On September 14, 2001, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted amendments to sections 309 and 315 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 309 and 315.
Simplifying Illinois Readoptions of Foreign-Born Children By Chris S. Haaff September 2001 Article, Page 464 The author recommends ways to streamline the system.
Void-for-vagueness doctrine applied in adoptions context; section 1(D)(h) of the Adoption Act permitting termination of parental rights found unconstitutionally vague July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 On April 13, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, applied the void-for-vagueness doctrine to a constitutional analysis of section 1(D)(h) of the Adoption Act, 750 ILCS 50/1 (D)(h).
Section 1(D)(p) of the Adoption Act is not unconstitutional; review of substantive due process claims under section 1(D)(p) requires strict scrutiny, not rational relation scrutiny May 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 230 On March 2, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the circuit court's holding that section 1(D)(p) of the Adoption Act was facially unconstitutional.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath April 2001 Column, Page 166 Police can keep suspects out of their own homes; adoption by one spouse only; arbitration clauses and fee agreements; and more.
Same-Sex Adoptions and the Best Interest of Children By Chris S. Haaff January 2001 Article, Page 28 The developing law firm in Illinois governing adoption by gay couples.
Goal of preserving family ties does not preclude consideration of other factors in determination of child’s best interests in adoption proceeding July 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 380 On May 15, 2000, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, held that the circuit court did not err when it permitted a minor child's foster parents, instead of the child's grandparents, to adopt the child.
Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange May 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 252 On February 25, 2000, the Illinois Department of Public Health adopted emergency amendments and a new section to section 500 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 77 Ill Adm Code 500.
Adoption services for children November 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 575 On September 16, 1999, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services adopted amendments and added a section to section 309 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 309.