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You may not need to hire an attorney at all. Do you know any other queer parents in your state who have gone through the process? I would start by asking them what they did/what the process entailed. We assumed that it would be a huge, expensive production and put it off until our twins were 3! But then we found out (after asking around) that we could do it ourselves. There was a stack of paperwork to fill out (which we got from the Family Court), and we had to provide statements from the sperm bank (saying I had purchased sperm) and the OB (saying that they had used the sperm to inseminate me), but otherwise it was all just stuff we had to sign, and was totally free.
Maybe you could start by asking here if anyone else has done a second parent adoption in IL?
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.