The adoption was handled by the Department of Children and Family Services and you are an adoptee, adoptive parent or birth relative.
Great news! The Department of Children and Family Services has a free program for adoptees, adoptive parents and birth parents. Triad members can access available non-identifying information as well as a free search (based on the DCFS file, not the court record or other documents). To qualify, the adoptee must have been in the custody of DCFS at some point in the surrender/adoption process. For additional information on this program, please contact:
3158 Des Plaines River Road, Suite 120
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
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.