Before we dive into adoption agencies in Illinois, let’s take a closer look into adoption in Illinois. Here in the United States, adoption laws vary by the state in which the adoption is taking place. This is why it is very important for you to become informed of all the regulations and processes specific to the state of Illinois. Take a look at this article written by Matthew Eduard Biondi titled, “Adoption in Illinois.” Biondi provides us with information regarding adoption in Illinois and where to find additional resources that can greatly help you through the process. Here you will find additional links (some provided below) that with strengthen your overall knowledge of the adoption process and further regulations that particularly pertain to the state of Illinois.
This resource will help navigate you through the adoption process in general, what to expect throughout your adoption journey, and loads of additional resources to educate, guide, and inform you of much-needed information regarding adoption. Take some time to explore all of these resources that are available to you. Hopefully, you will feel inspired and more comfortable with your adoption decision as you navigate through them all.
At Adoption.com, there is a local adoption information and services provider search at the provided link. Here, you can specify your state of Illinois in order to gain specific adoption information provided for this state.
This tool, which is specifically titled, “Adoption in Illinois,” will help you whether you are considering a domestic infant adoption, an international adoption, or foster care adoption in the state of Illinois. Here you will also find answers to many commonly asked questions from others. Here you will also find additional state contact information to better serve you. You will also find specific regulations surrounding adoption in Illinois. You will also be able to take a look at many different children who are actually currently waiting to be adopted in the state of Illinois.
Surround yourself with all the support, knowledge, and information that you possibly can! As you go through your adoption journey, you want to make sure that you stay informed of all the information needed. These tools are a great way to make sure that you are receiving the proper information even before you begin to search through adoption agencies in Illinois.
Adoption agencies can potentially be a bit overwhelming. Where do you even start to look? Well, at Adoption.com, there is a resource for finding adoption agencies in Illinois. You will find a couple of adoption service providers listed for the state of Illinois. Below you will find these adoption agencies in Illinois and the information that is listed in this resource.
Gateway Woods Family Services Illinois, LLC is listed as one of the adoption agencies in Illinois. Below you find their statement as well as additional information provided by this resource.
“Gateway Woods Family Services Illinois is a Hague accredited, nonprofit, licensed child welfare agency in the state of Illinois. We are located in Morton, Illinois and provide personalized adoption services for the entire state of Illinois. We work with both expectant/birth parents and adoptive families to provide safe, loving homes for children. Our desire is to place children in stable Christian families and to provide support and hope in the name of Jesus. We counsel with expectant parents and help them make an adoption plan, if they so choose. Our trained staff is available before, during, and after the birth of the child to provide support through the adoption process. We provide home study services and post placement/adoption services for Illinois families wanting to adopt domestically or internationally.”
Member of: Hague accredited through the Council on Accreditation
Licensed In: Illinois
Address: 923 Detroit Court, Ste 3, Morton, IL 61550
Gillespie Law Group, LLC is listed as a provider in Chicago, Illinois, of the following services: adoption attorney, foster care adoption, interstate adoption administrator, and stepparent adoption. Below I’ve listed additional information that is provided for this adoption agency in Illinois. Upon visiting the website listed below, I found a statement for this adoption agency in Illinois which is as follows.
“In 1993, I helped my first family join together through the process of adoption. It was a joyful and life-affirming experience. I decided then that this was what I wanted to do with my life. For the past 20 years, I’ve been helping children and parents build and grow their families through adoptions of all types: agency adoption, international adoption, interstate adoption, relative adoption, co-parent adoption, step-parent adoption, and foster parent adoption. I’m adoption lawyer Genie Gillespie. My Chicago law practice is exclusively devoted to adoption and the legal issues concerning the safety and security of children. I’ve helped hundreds of couples and individuals realize their dreams of parenthood. Whether you are hoping to adopt for the first time, or you want to bring a sibling home to join your other children, my law office can assist you.”
Address: 105 W. Madison Street, Suite 1101, Chicago, 60602
According to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Illinois law requires all Illinois agencies providing adoption services to be licensed by DCFS, and the law requires all out of state and foreign adoption agencies to be otherwise licensed, registered, or approved by DCFS. They provide a lengthy list of adoption agencies in Illinois that are licensed and approved. You can find the listing for these adoption agencies in Illinois here.
This listing is first separated by regions of Illinois. These are the four breakdowns of regions: southern region, central region, northern region, and Cook County region. For each region listed, you will find adoption agencies in Illinois listed in alphabetical order. For each adoption agency listed, you will find their name attached with a link to the agency’s website. I will choose a couple of adoption agencies listed for each region so that you can get an idea of what to expect out of the adoption agencies in Illinois.
- Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services
This agency is a provider for adoption services as well as additional services that may relate to adoption such as residential care, pregnancy care, foster care, and counseling services. Below you will find this agency’s mission statement from their website.
“Since 1918, Baptist Children’s Home and Family Services (BCHFS) has been a source of hope and healing, providing Christ-centered services to children and families in crisis. For the parents whose teen is out of control, the child whose home is no longer safe, the young woman facing an unexpected pregnancy, the infertile couple whose greatest dream is to be Mom and Dad, or the individual or family in need of counseling – BCHFS is here to help.”
At Chaddock, they believe every child deserves a chance. With this belief, there are many different services that Chaddock has available. These include developmental trauma & attachment programs, traditional residential services, acceleration residential program, on-campus special education school, in-home intensive program, parent coaching, family solutions, foster and adoption center, and caregiver connection services. See below Chaddock’s vision, mission, and value statements.
“Vision: A world where every person matters, relationship are valued, and healing and change are possible.
“Mission: Strengthening children and families through innovative trauma and attachment-based services.
“Values: Faith, Relationships, Responsibility, Learning, and Caring.”
- Family Service Center
At Family Service Center, you will find services provided that specifically aid with adoption, foster care, and counseling related to these areas. More specifically, you will find resources available for birth parent services, infant adoption services, foster to adopt services, home study services, and adoptive parent support. Here is additional information found on the “About Us” tab for Family Service Center.
“Family Service Center is a licensed non-profit social-service agency located in Central Illinois. Focusing on families and strengthening our community, our staff provide a variety of services for families. In 2013, FSC celebrated our 150th Anniversary! Our current Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated community volunteers who are committed to our mission. We are a proud member of the United Way of Central Illinois.”
- ABC For Adoption
ABC For Adoption is a nonprofit adoption agency that provides adoption services for birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents. They specialize in guiding families through the adoption process and help every part of the adoption triad along the way. Below is ABC For Adoption’s mission statement.
“Our mission is to insure permanent homes with loving adoptive families for children placed in our care. The interests and welfare of the children placed in our care, regardless of the child’s race, economic status or special medical needs are first and foremost with ABC For Adoption.”
- Our Children’s Homestead
This adoption agency in Northern Illinois provides services for families surrounding foster care and adoption. This agency was founded in 1995 with the primary goal to assist children in achieving safe, permanent homes. Below you will find the mission and vision statement for this adoption agency in Illinois.
“Mission: Our mission is to build a strong, stable, foundation of support for each youth we serve, and develop opportunities that enable them to discover and sustain a positive life.
“Vision: All youth served by OCH are on a path to achieve happiness, health, self-sufficiency, and success.
“Our Children’s Homestead (OCH) believes that every youth, despite their troubled past, deserves the opportunity and is capable of developing healthy family relationships and participating in typical life experiences.”
Cook County Region
- Child Link
Child Link is an agency in Chicago, Illinois, that provides a multitude of different services relating to adoption, foster care, and counseling. Their main focus as an adoption agency is to make sure every child has a safe and loving environment in which to grow. See this agency’s specific details regarding their adoption program below.
“One of Child Link’s primary directives is to secure permanent homes for orphaned and abandoned children (from birth on) through our foster-to-adopt program. Annually, we place ten to fifteen children in foster-to-adopt homes with concurrent planning. We coordinate no fee adoptions to prospective parents following state mandated background checks and home studies. Before commencing adoption proceedings, Child Link works to investigate the child’s status regarding family placement options to ensure there are no unplanned disruptions in the future. Our success rate remains exceptionally high due to our diligence and expertise with fostering and adoption programs.”
- Lutheran Social Service of Illinois
- Lutheran Social Service of Illinois provides various resources to its community including adoption and foster care services. Below are their mission statement and overview.
“Mission Statement: Responding to the Gospel, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) brings healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities.
“Overview: Serving Illinois since 1867, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) is a nonprofit social service organization of the three Illinois synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LSSI is the largest statewide social service provider, serving almost 50,000 people across Illinois last year. The organization provides critical programs for the state’s most vulnerable residents including foster care, early childhood development, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment, home care for seniors, affordable senior housing, residential programs for people with developmental disabilities, and programs that help formerly incarcerated individuals integrate back into society.”
I have provided only a few listings for each region listed for the state of Illinois. There are more than 50 licensed adoption agencies in Illinois to further review. I wish you luck on your journey of finding the right agency. Take your time and review all the information that is provided to you. Keep track of the adoption agencies in Illinois that you speak with, and document the information that is provided to you and how they can serve you. This will help in organizing your search through adoption agencies in Illinois.