Rules for Adoptions will be changing in 2013. The Illinois legislature is simplifying the requirements to serve the minor child sought to be adopted if a Guardian Ad Litem (representative for the child) will be appointed. Right now, the Adoption Act requires the child who is being adopted to be listed as a defendant. As a defendant, the child must be served with a summons and petition.
When Public Act 97-0988 goes into effect on January 1, 2013, this service will no longer be required for minors under the age of 14. This is a welcome change. It made little sense in many cases to require the adoptive parents to bring an infant to the sheriff’s office and have the process server touch the child with the summons to comply with the archaic rule for service of process.