CI service is available to most people who are searching for someone from whom they were separated because of an Illinois adoption. You might be hoping for a reunion with your birth parent or birth child. Or perhaps you are an adoptee who needs medical information. You may file a petition for any reason. You do not need to prove that you need medical information or to explain why you want to find your relative or birth child. You can use this program if you fit any one of these descriptions:
Certain others can also use the CI program, but must explain to the Court why they want to search for a relative who must be 21 years or older. The judge will determine if granting the petition, in the wording of the law, is "of greater benefit."
- An adopted person 21 years of age or over
- A surrendered person 21 years of age or over
- An adoptive parent of an adopted person under the age of 21
- A legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21
- A birth parent of an adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over
- an adult child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person
- an adoptive parent of a deceased adopted or surrendered person
- a legal guardian of a deceased adopted or surrendered person
- a surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person
- an adult birth sibling of an adopted or surrendered person whose common birth parent is deceased and whose adopted or surrendered birth sibling is 21 years of age or over
- an adult sibling of a deceased birth parent whose surrendered child is 21 years of age or over
A recent Court ruling also provides that the CI service shall be available to persons who were born in Illinois but adopted in another state. However, that the success of the CI service in such cases depends on the cooperation of authorities in those other states.