Right to counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Children

Except in standby adoptions and re-adoptions, the Illinois Adoption Act requires “some licensed attorney other than the State’s attorney acting in his or her official capacity as guardian ad litem to represent a child sought to be adopted.  Such guardian ad litem shall have power to consent to the adoption of the child, if such consent is required.”  750 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 50/13(B)(a). 


The same right to an attorney ad litem is provided in 750 ILCS 50/13(D)(a) for standby adoption cases.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no