looking for a support group where you can meet others who've walked in your
shoes...or a place to hang your protest sign, you should find it listed here in
this fairly comprehensive list of national and local support groups and
grassroots reform organizations. Entities marked with an astrisk* currently hold
local meetings on a regular basis; most of the other groups are either out of
state or rarely convene outside of cyberspace..
Adoptee Liberty Movement Association
One of the oldest nationwide adoption
organizations in the country. At the time of a 1998 survey of Illinois support
groups, none of ALMA's Illinois chapters was still holding regular monthly
P.O. Box 59345
Adoptees and Birthparents for
A newer Internet presence which
supports an adoptee's right to unfettered access to his or her original birth
certificate and birth documents. Web site includes extensive info on adoption
laws in all 50 states.
Adrian, MO 64720
*Adoptees, Birth Barents and Adoptive
As their name suggests, this
group seeks to reunite all corners of the triad at their monthly Thursday
meetings held at the Faith Evangelical Covenant Church in Wheaton. Group
facilitator, Jody Moreen, is a reunited adoptee. Jody also periodically publishes the
Blessings Newsletter," a free publication for Christian
Naperville, IL 60563
e-mail: adoption@wideopenwest. com
Adoption Crossroads & The Council
Equal Rights in Adoption (CERA)
"dedicated to the Preservation and
Reunification of Families "with liberty and justice for all..." CERA's
founder, author Joe Soll, has been the engine behind the annual "March on
Washington" for over a decade.
This continually growing group meets from
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Caribou Coffee shop in Schaumburg (SW corner
of Roselle and Schaumburg) on the second Wednesday of each month.
Inspired by Adoption Network
Cleveland, the group's founder is reunited adoptee Michelle Mattes.
Adoption Search and Support
638 S. Randolph
Department of Children and
200 S. Wyman, Suite
c/o Children's Home and Aid
1819 S. Neil, Suite
Adoption Triangle of
Good source for search assistance in Will
512 Oneida Street
Families Today (AFT)
Active adoptive parents' group
which offers a wide range of activities and services
for adoptive parents both pre- and post-adoption.
P.O. Box 1726
American Adoption Congress
Arguably once one of the most influential adoption reform organizations in the U.S.,
the AAC did not support Illinois' OBC-Access Legislation and removed White Oak's Executive Director, Melisha Mitchell, as their Illinois State Rep due to her association with the controversial Illinois law. Subsequently, the AAC has supported other OBC-access laws with opt-out provisions similar to the one that prompted Ms Mitchell's dismissal. The organization holds an annual conference that is generally well-attended.
P.O. Box 42730
Americans for Open
Like just about everyone else on this list,
this national organization supports adoptees' unrestricted access to their birth
Bastard Nation (BN)
One of the most media-savvy and outspoken
adoption reform groups in the country, BN was instrumental in the victory of the
"Oregon Initiative" and played a key role in Alabama's successful open
records quest in 2000. Their Illinois rep, Anita Field, is a long-time adoptee
rights advocate whose poignant "Letters to the Editor" have often
appeared in the columns of The Chicago Tribune's editorial section. BN
has gazillions of e-members across the U.S.
LaSalle, Suite 1100
Central Illinois Adoptive Families
*Chicago Area Families for Adoption
parents' group which offers a wide range of activities
and services for adoptive parents both pre- and post-adoption.
1212 Naper Blvd, Suite 119
adoptive parents of internationally adopted children.
*Concerned United Birthparents, Inc.
Established in the mid-70s, this
birth parent-focused group serves
"those touched by adoption and
others who are concerned about adoption issues." Most chapters offer
monthly support groups. Bonnie Bis, their long-standing Illinois rep and former
President, is a reunited birth mother. Their multi-layered Web site includes a
great collection of adoption-related news articles.
Encinitas, CA 92023