Question: We are using the Internet to help us search for reputable adoption sources. How can we be sure that a source is legitimate? Answer: The Illinois Adoption Reform Act, which took effect in 2005, was designed to weed out operators that may be engaged in fraudulent and deceptive practices. Experts advise adopting couples to make sure that adoption details, including any costs involved, are clearly spelled out on the website. Adoption agencies should also have accreditation from regulatory bodies or a membership in groups such as the Child Welfare League of America. Be advised that some adoption agency staff members may be paid a commission to persuade prospective adoptive parents to use their service. Further information about adoption is available in a free brochure by clicking here. For more information about Illinois law, visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com. If you have a legal question, send it to email@example.com. Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit http://www.illinoislawyerfinder.com.