For many people who want children but cannot have their own, there is a legal way to bring children into their lives. Adoption is available for everyone, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered couples who cannot have their own children naturally. Like every other state, Illinois requires a home assessment study of a prospective couple's life, including their finances and home, before an adoption can be approved.
Illinois residents would probably agree that a child is a blessing to parents. A couple that is unable to have their own children may feel lonely and to eliminate that loneliness, adoption may be a worthwhile alternative. However, becoming parents, whether to a child whom they have conceived naturally or through adoption, can be an expensive proposition. With some careful planning and meticulous research, parents can budget and include many of the expenses that are a necessary part of the adoption process.
There was a time when family courts considered that the best interests of the child could only be preserved by granting custody to the mother. Known as "the Tenders' Doctrine," this practice led to many child custody and visitation cases being settled in favor of the mother, without paying adequate attention to a father's pleas for child custody, even when that father was mentally, physically, emotionally and financially able to care for his child.
Several hundred Illinois children are waiting to be adopted and residents of Lake County, Illinois, could be lucky enough to become parents to these children who currently live in foster homes, group homes or residential centers throughout the state. Illinois citizens can help ensure that these children get a chance to grow up in a loving family environment by opening their homes and becoming adoptive parents to one of these children.
According to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the state employee benefit package provides support for those employees who want to expand their families through adoption. This program encourages employees to adopt and benefits children who have been waiting to join a family for a long time.
Many Lake County, Illinois, residents may agree that for any orphaned child, a home where he or she is loved and cared for can be a heartening and wonderful experience. It does not matter if the family that adopts the child is a gay or straight couple. Adoption itself can provide security for any homeless kid.