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Still wants to adopt after death of husband

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What is the name of your state? Ilinois

I am asking this question for a dear friend of mine. 2 years ago her and her husband started up the paperwork for adopting a child. 6 months ago they matched them with a mother to be that was looking to give up her child for adoption directly after birth. They have to date spend thousands and thousands of dollars (I would estimate around 30-40k given that they have been paying for the mothers medical bills) The mother is scheduled to give birth in 2 weeks. 4 weeks ago her husband was sadly killed in a drunk driving accident. She still wishes to proceed with the adoption and wishes still wants the child. The mother has been very open and allowed her to attend all doctors visits and such and she has become very attatched to this unborn child. The problem is that Friday she received a call from the adoption agency stating that now that her husband has died they will not adopt the child out to her. They have stated that they feel that only a month after her husbands death she will be too emotionally unstable and told her that if she wanted to try to go through the process again in about a year or so to try then. She feels differently and even though she misses her husband dearly she looks at this child as hers and her husbands since they have been there for the past almost 7 months caring for the mother and keeping track of the baby. What can she do to keep the adoption going? She has a lawyer but he is out of town until next Friday to attend the funeral for his brother and cannot be reached so any advice that you can help would be greatly apreciated.

30-40K on routine medical exams or problem plagued pregnancy? Unfortunately her Atty may be the only one who can help at this point. But frankly the circumstances have greatly changed since the adoption was approved. Right or wrong new borns are usually not given to single parents.


The fees included adoption fees as well as lawyer fees on top of the medical. I say 30-40 though because I am adding in the cost of delivery bills which I estimate to be a few thousand. I have researched it though and I have heard of quite a few people that are single that have been able to adopt children in fact a friend of mine that is gay did even though he did not have a partner adopt with him.

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