Scenario One...

 

The adoption was handled by an agency (Catholic Charities, The Cradle, Lutheran Social Services, Children's Home and Aid Society, The Child Care Association, Lifelink, St. Mary's, the Baby Fold, etc.) and you are an adoptee, adoptive parent or birth relative.

 

Good news! Most Illinois adoption agencies provide non-identifying information to adoptive parents, adoptees and birth parents (sometimes birth siblings, too) upon request.  It is not unusual for agencies to charge a $50 to $150 "redacting fee" for looking up the original case files and writing up a recap of the background information contained therein. Depending on the agency and the year of the adoption (records kept for pre-WWII adoptions tend to be sketchy), the accuracy of non-identifying information provided by an agency can range from total fiction to fairly accurate.

 

If the agency that handled the adoption charges more than $100 for non-identifying information, you may want to wait until you've located a name before requesting non-ID (if the surname is an unusual one, you may be able to resolve the search without accessing background information).

 

In addition, as of January 1, 2004, all Illinois adoptees, adoptive parents of minors and birth parents can confirm or ascertain the adoptee's "actual date and place of birth" through the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (be sure to check the appropriate boxes on the Illinois Adoption Registry Application Form). The new law also allows adoptees and adoptive parents of minors to confirm the birth mother's exact age at the time of the adoptee's birth through new Registry procedures. To download printable versions of the Illinois Adoption Registry application forms, click here.

 

 

For contact information for a specific agency, please consult our adoption agency listings...