Adults can adopt another adult, if certain conditions are present, according to a pamphlet by the Illinois State Bar Association.
One of the adopting parents must be related to the adult being adopted or the adoptive parents and adult being adopted must have lived together in the adopting parents’ home for at least two years, which Johnson had, she said.
Also, the person being adopted must agree to the adoption.
Not only did Johnson agree to it, she initiated it. Johnson said she met Morgan through a co-worker, Sara Stovall of Joliet, who became like a sister to Johnson.
Both Morgan and Stovall manage apartments in the St. John the Baptist neighborhood in Joliet. The office has a low-key atmosphere, relaxed enough for Johnson to bring her children to work with her when needed, thus saving the cost of day care.
Johnson said she and her biological mother are not close. Johnson felt herself blossom through a caring relationship with Morgan.
“I had always been belittled, told I couldn’t do things, that I wasn’t smart enough,” Johnson said. “Fran helped me to grow, to get involved with more things.”
When Johnson first heard about adult adoption, she hoped she could satisfy the legal requirements by herself and then surprise Morgan. But after getting more information, Johnson learned adult adoption was a process she and Morgan must do together.
But she definitely wanted to do it.