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Illinois Adoption Laws

Code Section; Uniform Act
750 ILCS 50/1 to 50/24; No

Who May be Adopted
Any child; any adult residing in home 2 years, or a relative.

Age that Child’s Consent Needed
14 years and older

Who may Adopt
Any reputable person of legal age who has resided continually in Illinois for at least 6 months. Residency requirement waived in adoption of relative. If petitioner is married, husband or wife must join in petition. Minor may also petition by leave of court upon good cause shown.

Adoptive Home Residency Prior to Decree
6 months unless waived by court

State Agency/COurt
Department of Children and Family Services/Circuit Court

Statute of Limitation to Challenge
1 year after entry of order

Inside Illinois Adoption Laws