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Gay and lesbian adoptions in Illinois

Are you a gay man or lesbian woman in Illinois who seeks the joy of being a parent? Whether you are in a committed relationship or interested in becoming a single parent, this should be something you feel free to consider and explore for yourself and your potential future child or children.

Lifelong Adoptions, a company that helps gay and lesbian parents adopt children, indicates that approximately there are roughly 115,000 homes in the United States in which children live with parents who are part of a same-sex couple. In total, there are an estimated 594,000 same-sex couple households. Some of the homes with kids that live with a same-sex parent may include children who are the biological offspring of the same-sex parent, who are adopted by the same-sex parent or who may be the stepchild of a same-sex parent.

In Illinois, gay men and lesbian women are allowed to adopt children on their own as single parents. Same-sex couples may also adopt children jointly. In some situations, when a couple first meets, one of the people may already have a child either through adoption or through biological means. The new partner may be allowed to legally adopt that child if the couple ends up wishing to pursue that option. While some agencies will not work with same-sex couples, there are many agencies that do help these couples and individuals fulfill their dreams of becoming parents.

If you would like to learn more about the process of adopting a child if you gay or lesbian, please feel free to visit the same-sex couple or gay and lesbian parent adoption page of our Illinois family law website.

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