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: http://www.ci-illinois.org/.
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
- Angel Guardian Orphanage Alumni Website [Chicago]
- “Your A.G.O. Records,” Angel Guardian Orphanage Alumni Website [Chicago]
Catholic Charities, Catholic Home Bureau, or St. Vincent’s
Children’s Home and Aid Society, Chicago, Illinois
- “Post-Adoption Services,” Children’s Home and Aid
- “Children’s Home and Aid Society of Illinois records, MSCGAS75: An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago,” University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard H. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
The Cradle, Evanston, Illinois
- “Background Reports,” The Cradle
- “Private Agency Files: Easter House,” Midwest Adoption Center
Illinois DCFS Closed Files
- “Illinois DCFS Closed File Information and Search Service,” Midwest Adoption Center
Jewish Children’s Bureau, Chicago
- “Jewish Adoption Support/Project Esther,” Jewish Child & Family Services
Lutheran Child Welfare Association, River Forest
- “Search and Reunion,” Lutheran Child and Family Services
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
- “Children’s Community Services,” Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Private Adoptions, Cook County
Roman Catholic Orphanages, Chicago Archdiocese
- “The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center,” Archdiocese of Chicago [see “Frequently Used Forms” including Student Records Request Form, Sacramental Records Request Form, Release of Orphanage Records Request Form, and Release of Orphanage Records Policy]
Methodist Deaconess Orphanage (aka Lake Bluff Orphanage), Lake Bluff, Illinois
Rockford Children’s Home
- “Private Agency Files: Rockford Children’s Home,” Midwest Adoption Center