Naperville Adoption & Foster Care Resources

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Whether you are a hopeful parent seeking to adopt or a pregnant woman considering an adoption plan, there are many local adoption and foster care resources in Naperville. The following provides information about local adoption agencies, home study providers and other adoption services in and around Naperville, Illinois.

Additional resources for expectant mothers and adoptive parents throughout the state are included in our Illinois adoption information.

Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Naperville

There are multiple kinds of adoption professionals you can consult if you are considering adoption, including facilitators, law firms, and law centers. Adoption agencies, whether they are national or local, are beneficial to expecting mothers and adoptive families because they provide all of the services you need in one place.

If you would like to find an adoption agency or other professional in Naperville, follow some of the links below:

Naperville Foster Care Resources

Parents looking to pursue foster care in Naperville should become familiar with the requirements in Illinois, which include:

  • Pass a criminal and fingerprint-based background check
  • Pass a home inspection
  • Submit a physical and other medical information
  • Attend 27 hours of training

To learn more about foster parenting in Naperville or to inquire about available children, contact one of your nearby foster care professionals:

Home Study Providers

Consisting of personal interviews, background checks, a home evaluation and more, the Illinois home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption and foster care process.

It is important to choose the right professional to complete your adoption home study and ensure it complies with all state laws and requirements. To get started, contact a home study provider in your state:

  • Adoption Center of Illinois
    1-800-966-5877
    The Adoption Center of Illinois provides Illinois-compliant home studies to families working with them or any other agency.
  • ABC Counseling and Family Services
    309-451-9495 ext. 108
    A licensed, not-for-profit agency, ABC Counseling and Family services offers home study services as well as counseling for adoptive parents anywhere in the state.
  • Mary’s Services
    847-870-8181
    With over 100 years of experience, St. Mary’s has helped countless couples complete their home studies and post-placement assessments.

Hospitals near Naperville

If you are a pregnant mother and pursuing adoption, you will want to work with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to plan your hospital stay. By creating a hospital plan, you can let those involved in your adoption know how you want the big day to proceed and who you want to be there with you.

To get started or find more information, you can contact a nearby hospital:

  • Edward Hospital
    801 South Washington Street
    Naperville, IL 60540
    630-527-3000

Illinois Adoption Laws and Requirements

Expectant and adopting parents in Naperville must abide by Illinois law when they are pursuing their adoption plans. To learn more about the process and legal procedures, visit our page on How to Adopt in Illinois. For a brief overview of laws pertaining to birth parents and adoptive families, read the sections below.

Birth Parents:

In order for a child to be adopted, the birth mother and father must both give consent or have their parental rights otherwise terminated. In Illinois, birth mothers must wait 72 hours after giving birth before they may legally consent to adoption.

In some cases, the explicit consent of the birth father is not needed. If the father of the child is not present, cannot be contacted, or does not consent to the adoption for another reason, speak to your adoption professional about what measures you need to take.

For more information on consent laws and your parental rights, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Adoptive Families:

Each state has a unique set of basic requirements that families must meet before they can pursue adoption. Adoptive parents in Illinois must be an adult (or a minor with leave of the court) and a state resident for at least 90 days. Spouses and civil union partners must adopt jointly.

Additionally, you must meet the requirements put in place by your adoption professional. Adoption agencies and other professionals may have more stringent eligibility criteria, so make sure to take this into account when choosing who to work with in your adoption.

County Court Information

Adoptions are finalized in court after a number of post-placement visits by a social worker. Your adoption specialist will inform you of what you need to do when it is time to finalize your adoption. If you would like information on the courts near you, you can visit the Will County and DuPage County pages.

Things to Do in Naperville

If you are adopting a child from the Naperville area, you may find yourself spending some time in the city, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC clearances. Here are some fun local attractions to visit if you are looking for ways to spend your time in Naperville: