APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, SECOND DISTRICT
et al., Petitioners-Appellants and Cross-Appellees, v.
Kathleen J. Kindgren, Respondent-Appellee and
Cross-Appellant; William E. Boylan, Guardian ad
litem, Appellant and Cross-Appellee)
540 N.E.2d 485, 184 Ill. App. 3d 661, 132 Ill. Dec. 745 1989.IL.891
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Du Page County; the Hon. S. Keith Lewis, Judge, presiding.
JUSTICE INGLIS delivered the opinion of the court. UNVERZAGT, P.J., and LINDBERG, J., concur.
DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE INGLIS
This is an appeal from two orders of the circuit court of Du Page County which (1) vacated and set aside the consent of Kathleen Kindgren to adopt her infant son, Daniel Patrick Kindgren; and (2) struck the petitions of the guardian ad litem and Clarence and Susan Samuel (adopting parents) to terminate the parental rights of Kathleen Kindgren based on unfitness. In addition, Kathleen Kindgren has filed a cross-appeal from an order which awarded attorney fees of $7,028 to the guardian ad litem. The payment of these fees was equally apportioned between Kathleen Kindgren and the adopting parents. We note that the adopting parents did file a notice of appeal on the trial court's order vacating the adoption consent. However, they did not file a brief in either appeal. These appeals have been consolidated for our review.
On appeal, the guardian ad litem contends that (1) the trial court's order vacating the adoption consent was against the manifest weight of the evidence; (2) the trial court erred in striking the petition to terminate the parental rights of Kathleen Kindgren; and (3) the court erred in striking the petition of the adopting parents to adopt the child. Kathleen Kindgren contends that the trial court improperly awarded attorney fees to the guardian ad litem or, in the alternative, improperly apportioned the payment of the fees. We affirm.
On December 11, 1986, Daniel Patrick Kindgren was born. Kathleen Kindgren testified that she considered putting her child up for adoption approximately one month before he was born. She stated that Kathryn Faydash, a friend of the adopting parents, contacted her about the possibility of adoption. Kindgren testified that Faydash obtained background information on her and told her that it would be worthwhile to put her child up for adoption. Faydash contacted Kindgren a day or two later and informed her that the adopting parents were willing to pay $5,000, plus medical expenses, if she would consent to the adoption. However, Kindgren decided not to put the child up for adoption at this time.
Kindgren further testified that in May 1987 she contacted Steven Cole, the attorney for the adopting parents, regarding the possibility of an adoption. Cole arranged for Kindgren to meet with the adopting parents on May 12, 1987. On May 11, 1987, Kindgren received a phone call from Kathryn Faydash. Faydash informed her that the adopting parents were willing to double their original $5,000 offer and also stated:
"That my parents and family had no right in knowing any of this, that she knew this would happen, it was a miracle and God just wanted it to be this way so it was going ...