Confidential Intermediary Service Fees

CISI has received a one- time grant to reduce the cost of CI service.  As long as funds are available, everyone who contracts for service will receive a $200.00 fee reduction.  In addition, if you are able to document that your income falls below $15,000, CI service may be available at no cost to you. 

If you are an adopted or surrendered person, adoptive parent or legal guardian of a minor child, a relative of a deceased adopted or surrendered person:
CI search service for relative of your choice
$495 $295
Additional searches (for a different individual)

If you are a birth parent or relative of a deceased birth parent:

CI search service for one birth son or daughter
$445 $245
Additional searches (for a different birth son or daughter)

Confidential Intermediary Search service fee includes:
  • CI requests Court file, information from agency file if applicable, original or amended birth certificate
  • CI reviews and evaluates information obtained and provides written assessment of search potential to you so that you can make a decision about how you want to proceed
  • Efforts to identify and locate sought-after individual using all applicable resources of the appointed CI.
  • Initiating contact with the found relative in order to facilitate mutually desired communication and/or contact
  • Assistance in the release of identifying information if requested by both parties
  • All search expenses including document retrieval fees and database use fees
After receiving the Search Assessment from CISI, you may decide that you do not want to request a search and stop the process. The Search Assessment charge of $95 will be retained by CISI, but the remainder of your service fee will be returned to you.

Court filing fees
Many Circuit Courts in Illinois will charge a filing fee to petition for a Confidential Intermediary. These fees vary from county to county. Many Courts in heavily-populated counties have eliminated the filing fee for CI service, which can be a significant savings for people seeking their birth relative.

Other notes about fees
  • Fees are subject to change
  • Service may be available at no fee in cases of demonstrated need. Contact CISI for more information.
  • In rare instances, the CI is unable to locate the sought-after relative using all of the standard resources. While it would be unusual, the CI may have identified an additional resource that could significantly increase the probability of search success. If the cost to access that resource is much greater than what is considered usual in this program, CISI is not expected to bear that expense. CISI will explain the situation to the Petitioner including both the risks and possible benefits of the additional cost resource. The Petitioner may choose either to pay the cost of the additional service or to stop the search at that point. Note: this additional cost would NOT be compensation for more hours of work by the CI, but rather for an unusual fee or cost associated with access to information.

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