If you are an adopted person looking for your birth family or a birth parent trying to find your birth child who was adopted, the CI program may be able to help.
Your Confidential Intermediary will have access to information from court files, adoption agency files and birth/death/divorce and marriage records that can make all the difference in a search.
After getting all available records, your CI will complete a Search Assessment. It will tell you if your birth parents are known to be deceased, if information about siblings and other birth relatives was received, and give you our assessment of how difficult the search for each of them would be. If you are a birth parent or other relative, your CI will tell you whether she obtained enough information to attempt to locate the person you are looking for.
CISI has once again received funding from DCFS to reduce the cost of service for all petitioners. There is no fee to begin CI service and receive a Search Assessment that describes the information your CI has obtained about your birth relatives. In addition, beginning January 1, 2013, adult adoptees can search for a birth parent through the CI program for NO FEE. Click here for detailed service fee information.
Confidential Intermediary service is a program of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, delivered by Midwest Adoption Center.