On January 1, 2004, the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE) became one of the first state registries in the U.S. to provide non-identifying information to adult adoptees, adoptive parents of minors and birth parents upon request... In addition, Illinois' Confidential Intermediary Program removed the need for adult adoptees to "show cause" when petitioning the court...and was expanded to include birth parents (and, under certain conditions, surviving relatives of deceased adoptees and birth parents).

 

Background on the New Law

The original Illinois Adoption Registry and Confidential Intermediary sections of the Illinois Adoption Act were introduced in 1985 and 1989 respectively. In 1999, a number of important changes were made to the Illinois Adoption Registry (expansion of the number of birth family members who could use the Registry, introduction of the exchange of pictures and letters as well as medical background information through the Registry, a waiver of the $40 registration fee for anyone who agreed to exchange medical background information through the Registry), and the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE) was established. These innovations allowed the Illinois Adoption Registry to more than double both its number of registrants and registry matches during its first three years of operation.

Changes That Went Into Effect in 2004

The law that went into effect on January 1, 2004, made the following improvements to the Registry and Confidential Intermediary and sections of the Illinois Adoption Act:

 

 

For additional information on the new law, please e-mail us at ILtreesurgeon@aol.com or click here to visit the offical Web site of Illinois' Confidential Intermediary Program.