|Illinois Adoption Registry
The Illinois Adoption Registry is a confidential cross-reference file of birth parents, adult adoptees, and various other birth relatives. Individuals provide identifying information, an anonymous letter or photo, the release of an original birth record, and medical information and may authorize its release to the other parties to the adoption. A computer searches the registry for individuals whose information matches and then handles the release of the information that each person has submitted to the Registry for that purpose. Additional information and registration forms may be obtained:
Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records
605 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Search and Reunion Service if the adoption was completed through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services:
DCFS offers adoption search service to adoptees, adoptive and guardianship parents, birth parents and other birth family members who are searching for a relative. A caseworker will attempt to find your birth parent, sibling or birth child and facilitate a mutually agreed upon connection. To use this program, the child must have been a ward of DCFS at the time of the placement. Midwest Adoption Center provides this service on behalf of the Department. There is no fee for adoption search and reunion service through this program. If you believe the adoption was handled by DCFS, request a service request form:
IDCFS Post-adoption Program
2720 South River Road - Suite 50
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
(service request form may be downloaded)
Search service if the adoption was completed through a private adoption agency:
Illinois law does not allow any agency to release the name or address of an adopted person or birth relative without their consent. However, if the adoption agency still exists, the agency may offer search service to adoptees and birth parents who received service through their programs. If the name of the agency is known, contact the agency directly to request service. There may be a fee.
If there was no adoption agency involved, if you do not know the name of the agency involved, or if the agency no longer exists:
Adoptees, adoptive parents of minors, birth parents and some other relatives can use the Confidential Intermediary program to find a relative. This Court ordered search program is a service of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, delivered by Midwest Adoption Center. Using information obtained by Court order, the CI will attempt to find your birth parent, sibling or birth child and work out a mutually agreed upon connection.