Statutory Parenthood for Same-Sex PartnersBy Professor Jeffrey A. ParnessDecember 2011Column, Page 636The Illinois Parentage Act should be amended to make it easier for same-sex partners to establish their parenthood.
Adoption law pointersBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Lawpulse, Page 434The 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.
Civil Unions and Parenthood at BirthBy Professor Jeffrey A. ParnessSeptember 2011Column, Page 473How should legal parenthood at birth be established when children are born into civil unions?
Supreme court to rule on putative father registryBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2006Lawpulse, Page 398Some say the registry protects adoptive parents and children from belated, unwelcome interest by a biological dad. Others say it unfairly cuts a birth father out of his child's life.
The New Illinois Gestational Surrogacy ActBy Nancy FordMay 2005Article, Page 240In Illinois, a recently enacted statute governs would-be parents' contracts with surrogate mothers. Here's a look at what the new law does and doesn't do.
A finding of parental unfitness must be specific as to each childJune 2004Illinois Law Update, Page 292On March 18, 2004, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's reversal of the trial court's finding of unfitness and termination of a mother's parental rights with respect to the youngest of her four children.
Adoption policies changedJanuary 2003Illinois Law Update, Page 14On 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.
No more dumpster babies?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2001Lawpulse, Page 620A new law is designed to encourage desperate mothers to leave their newborns in safe places, not dumpsters and doorsteps.
Grandparents' visitation; splitting the baby four ways?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2001Lawpulse, Page 510Since the Illinois Supreme Court's Lulay decision, appellate courts have struggled case by case to determine whether grandparents' bids for visitation are constitutional.