Genie Miller Gillespie, Attorney at Law
Legal Help Before, During, and After Adoption in Illinois

Chicago Agency Adoption Attorney

Assisting With Agency Adoptions

I am attorney Genie Gillespie, and I assist Chicago-area clients with all types of adoptions, including agency adoptions. If you are looking to open your home to a child and grow your family through adoption, I can help. With more than 20 years of experience in adoption law, I have helped hundreds of families through all types of adoption.

To schedule a free initial consultation in my downtown Chicago, Illinois, law office, call (312) 702-0761 or e-mail me.


Agency Adoptions

Typically, in an agency adoption, the biological mother chooses the adoptive parents. However, another option is to proceed with a closed adoption, where the identity of the adoptive parents is not revealed.

I work with prospective adoptive parents throughout the agency adoption process. With significant experience working with adoption agencies, I can help you understand the legal process involved and the strict licensing requirements that agencies are required to meet.

Interstate Adoptions

Interstate adoptions can be more complex than an adoption in which the birth parents and adoptive parents live in the same state. The "Interstate Compact on Placement of Children" (ICPC) regulates interstate adoptions, and both parties must comply with the laws of the "sending" state and those of the "receiving" state. I have experience with interstate adoptions, and understand the complexities that may arise when two states' laws intersect.

Passionate About Adoption

I am truly passionate about helping families grow through adoption, and I stay actively involved in the local and national adoption communities. I am co-founder of the Center for Law and Social Work, a nonprofit agency that develops alternative options for older or ill adoptive parents. I also serve on the Board of Directors of Parents Care and Share, which addresses child abuse prevention. In the past, I was a two-time chair of the Chicago Bar Association Adoption Law Committee, and Director of the Child Custody and Adoption Pro Bono Project of the American Bar Association.

Helping You Achieve Your Goals

To find out more about the agency adoption process, I invite you to contact my law office . I offer a free consultation where we can discuss and address your specific adoption concerns. My fees are reasonable, and I offer payment plans and a sliding fee scale. My office is centrally located in downtown Chicago, in the loop, near all public transportation.