This amendatory act to the Adoption Act adds several categories of people eligible to petition state courts for the appointment of a confidential intermediary to: (1) exchange medical and identifying information with mutually consenting biological relatives; and (2) arrange contact with consenting biological relatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.