Adoption Research — Illinois

Illinois Post-Adoption Records Access, Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange, and Confidential Intermediary Service

The Illinois Adoption Act dictates the records and information allowed to adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, and other family members.

1) Original birth certificate [OBC]: under present statute, this is released to the adult adoptee. If a birth parent has filed a redaction request, their identifying information will be removed from the certificate before it is released. Order an OBC.

2) Illinois law allows adoptees to request non-identifying information from the agency that facilitated the adoption. In the case of a private adoption, check with the agency that did the home study on the adoptive family. This was sometimes a court support services office. Agencies often charge for non-identifying information reports. The items allowed in a non-ID report are specified by statute.

3) The IDPH maintains the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.

4) A Confidential Intermediary program exists. For more information see:

5) A search program exists for closed Illinois DCFS cases.

6) Illinois Adoption Act changes for 1 January 2015. Beginning 1 January 2015, there will be changes to the Illinois Adoption Act. One change will allow the birth parent to obtain the OBC.

Non-Identifying Information and Orphanage Records — Illinois

Angel Guardian Orphanage, Chicago, Illinois

Catholic Charities, Catholic Home Bureau, or St. Vincent’s

Children’s Home and Aid Society, Chicago, Illinois

The Cradle, Evanston, Illinois

Easter House

  • “Private Agency Files: Easter House,” Midwest Adoption Center

Illinois DCFS Closed Files

Jewish Children’s Bureau, Chicago

Lutheran Child Welfare Association, River Forest

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Private Adoptions, Cook County

Roman Catholic Orphanages, Chicago Archdiocese

Methodist Deaconess Orphanage (aka Lake Bluff Orphanage), Lake Bluff, Illinois

Rockford Children’s Home

Illinois Adoption History

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