Adoption agencies have come a long way in the century since these pinafored Australian orphans gathered for this picture. But some Illinois agencies still engage in some decidedly 18th century practices. Although Illinois law requires adoption agencies to provide adoptees with non-identifying information on request, a few agencies are not very nice about it. Others simply refuse to comply with the law (as in the "files were lost in an earthquake"...). Others charge exhorbitant amounts ($100 and up) to redact background information from the original files.

We're not about to point any fingers on this Web site, but if you'd like further information on post-adoption services available at any of the agencies listed below, you can call or e-mail us for additional details.

If you are a prospective adoptive parent...or  an expectant parent considering adoption, please also refer to our "Considering Adoption?" section. You will also find a number of Illinois adoptive parents' groups listed in the Support & Advocacy section.

If you are a seaching adoptee, birth relative or adoptive parent looking for contact information for the agency that handled the adoption and do not find your agency's name listed below, chances are good that the agency was one of dozens that went belly up in the 70s and 80s. Fortunately, in most cases, someone somewhere still has the agency records...Call or e-mail us for assistance if your agency is not listed below.

This list includes both public and private agencies which have their primary offices in Illinois and was compiled from Internet listings and the Yellow Pages of Chicago... An attempt was made to call each and every agency on this list for information on their post-adoption services. Agencies which reported offering post-adoption services and/or a search assistance program for adult adoptees and birth parents are marked with an asterisk*.

For newer agencies (less than 25 years old), the date the agency was founded is provided in parentheses after the agency name.

Ada S. McKinley
7640 S. Vincennes Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620
773/994-4618

Adler Adoption Agency (1985)
According to Adler's Executive Director, the agency has "no plans" to offer post-adoption services once their adoptees from the mid-80s reach adulthood.
25 E. Washingston St.
Chicago, IL 60602
312/565-0678

Adoption by Choice Ltd.
435 Clavey Ln.
Highland Park, IL 60035-3798
847/433-7820

Adoption Connection (The)
All calls to this North Shore agency were automatically forwarded to voice mail.
452 Central Avenue, #206
Highland Park, IL 60035
847/433-7820
e-mail: info@adoptionconnection.com
www.adoptionconnection.com

Adoption Resources
1830 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201-3798
847/869-6979

Adoption-Link, Inc. (1996)
1145 Westgate/Suite 104
Oak Park, IL 60301
708/524-1433
800/401-3906

Fax: 708/524-9691
e
-mail: alink@theramp.net
http://maxsite.com/adoption/

Aunt Martha's Youth Services (1974)
4343 Lincoln Highway, #340
Matteson, IL 60443
708/754-1044

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Baby Fold
The Baby Fold's post-Adoption program is headed by Jan Holmes (X412).
210 Landmark Dr., Suite A
Normal, IL 61761
309/454-1770

Beatrice Caffrey
Requests for information on post-adoption services were forwarded to voice mail.
5401 S. Wentworth
Chicago, IL 60609
773/285-8644

Bensenville Home Society
905 S. Russell St.
Champaign, IL 61821-4419
217/352-5283

Bensenville Home Society
318 N. Church St.
Rockford, IL 61101-1006
815/965-2231


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Bethany Christian Services (in Illinois since 1985)
No charge for post-adoption services, including searches.
9718 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60628-1007
773/233-7600
800/238-4269

Fax: 773/233-7617
e
-mail: bcschicago@bethany.org
www.bethany.org

*Booth Memorial Maternity Homes
The Salvation Army's Web site has a "Booth Babies Inquiry Information" page where Booth adoptees and birth mothers whose medical records are on file with one of the Salvation Army's East Coast maternity homes (Boston, MA; Flushing, NY; Buffalo, NY; Jersey City, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland, OH or Cincinnati, OH) can make an online request for a free search of Booth's records. If the file corresponding to your case can be located, the Salvation Army Missing Persons bureau will mail the adoptee or birth mother a release document which then must be completed and notarized before release of the records. (No third party requests will be accepted.) http://salvationarmy-usaeast.org/find/booth_babies.htm

*Catholic Charities, Chicago Archdiocese
See Post-Adoption Services listing below for search assistance.
126 North DesPlaines
Chicago, IL 60661
312/655-7000
www.ccaoc.org 

*Catholic Charities, Chicago Archdiocese
Post-Adoption Services

651 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60661
312/655-7086 or 312/655-7071
www.ccaoc.org/mat-adopt/adoption.htm 

*Catholic Charities, Joliet Diocese
See Rockford listing for post-adoption services information.
203 N. Ottawa Street, 2nd Floor, Suite A
Joliet, IL 60432
815/723-3053

*Catholic Charities, Springfield Diocese
For post-adoption assistance contact either Laura Ratch or Danielle Smith (Danielle can be reached at 217/523-9201; Laura is at the Springfield office number listed below.)
120 S. 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
217/525-0500

*Catholic Social Services of Aurora
Contact person for post-adoption assistance is Sherri Nestmann.
1700 N Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 18
Aurora, IL 60505
708/892-4366

*Catholic Social Services, Belleville Diocese
For post-adoption assistance, contact Brandy Booth (X250).
8601 W. Main Street, Suite 201
Belleville, IL 62220
618/394-5900
http://cssil.org/ 

*Catholic Social Services, Peoria Diocese
Joe Knapp is the head of post-adoption services for CSS Peoria.
413 N.E. Monroe
Peoria, IL 61603
309/671-5720
www.cdop.org/social

*Catholic Social Services, Rockford Diocese
For post-adoption assistance, contact Sherri Nestmann (listed under Catholic Social Services of Aurora).
921 W. State Street
Rockford, IL 61102
815/965-0623
http://cssil.org/ 

Center for Family Building, Inc.
All calls made to this agency were automatically forwarded to voice mail.
1740 Ridge Avenue, Suite 208
Evanston, IL 60201
847/869-1518
Fax: 847/869-4108
e-mail: info@centerforfamily.com
http;//www.centerforfamily.com

*Chicago Child Care Society
No charge for post-adoption services, including searches.
5467 S. University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615
773/643-0452

*Child Care Association of Illinois
300 East Monroe, Suite 202
Springfield, IL   62701
217/528-4409
Fax: 217/528-6498

www.cca-il.org/

*Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois
125 S. Wacker, 14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
312/424-0200
www.chasisystems.org/  

*Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois
1819 S. Neil, Suite D
Champaign, IL 61820
217/359-8815
www.chasisystems.org/ 

*Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois
910 Second Street
Rockford, IL 61104
815/962-1043
Fax: 815/962-1272
www.chasisystems.org/

ChildServ (formerly Lake Bluff Children's Home)
Limited post-adoption services are available to adult adoptees.
8765 West Higgins Rd., Suite 450
Chicago, IL 60631
773/693-0300
Fax: 773/693-0322
www.childserv.org

*Counseling and Family Services
Formerly known as "Associated Charities and Philanthropies," "Family Welfare Assn. of Illinois," and "Child and Family Service."
330 S.W. Washington
Peoria, IL 61602
309/676-2400

*Cradle (The)Susan Vernon heads the Cradle's post-adoption services.
2049 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
847/475-5800
Fax: 847/475-5871
e-mail: cradle@cradle.org
www.cradle.org

Creative Families
Lake Forest, IL 60045
847/604-8472

*Department of Children and Family Services
Division of Foster Care and Permanency Services
If you were in foster care at any time after the late 50s, this agency (aka  DCFS) may have a file for you...Midwest Adoption Center (see listing under
Illinois Resources) administers a program through which DCFS adoptees and their birth parents can access non-identifying information as well as a free search program; the White Oak Foundation also administers a free search assistance program for DCFS adoptees. For a listing of all DCFS offices throughout Illinois, please consult our Illinois Resources section.
406 East Monroe Street, Station #225
Springfield, IL 62701-1498
217/524-2422
Fax: 217/524-3966
www.state.il.us/dcfs

Easter House
Please email or call the White Oak Foundation for information on Easter House's post-adoption services.
312/951-2700
www.easterhouse.com

Evangelical Child and Family Agency
1530 N. Main
Wheaton, IL 60187
630/653-6400

*Family Counseling Clinic, Inc. (1975)
Agency reported that they will conduct searches "in some cases."
19300 W. Highway 120
Grayslake, IL 60030
847/223-8108

*Family Resource Center (1991)
5828 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660
773/973-2323
Toll Free: 800/676-2229
Fax: 773/334-8228
e-mail: adoption@f-r-c.org
www.f-r-c.org

Family Service Agency of Adams County
Offers support groups for adoptive parents and adoptees and search assistance. No longer facilitates adoptions.
915 Vermont Street
Quincy, IL 62301
217/222-8254

*Family Service Center of Sangamon County
(formerly Child And Family Service)

This newer comprehensive post-adoption program is headed by adoption specialist Vicky Moore.
1308 S. Seventh Street
Springfield, IL 62703
217/528-8406
e-mail:
fscspfld@fgi.net

Finally Family
161 West Harrison, Suite C-102
Chicago, IL 60605
312/939-9399
Fax: 312/692-1922
e-mail: michelle@finally-family.com
www.finally-family.com/

Glenkirk
2501 N. Chestnut
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
847/998-8380

Generations of Hope (1994)  
(formerly Hope for the Children)

1530 Fairway Drive
Rantoul, IL 61866
217/893-4673
e-mail: h4tc@soltec.net
www.hope4children.org

Hobby Horse House
Messages requesting information on their post-adoption program were not returned.
P.O. Box 1102
Jacksonville, IL 62651
217/243-7708

*Illinois Baptist Children's Home
Some post-adoption assistance available; contact Carla Donoto for additional information.
4243 Lincolnshire Drive
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
618/242-4944

*Illinois Children's Christian Home
Post-adoption assistance available, but few particulars
on the extent of the program were available by phone. Contact Connie Dunn for additional information.

P.O. Box 200
St. Joseph, IL 61873
217/469-7566

*Jewish Children's Bureau of Chicago
Post-adoption search assistance available in most cases.
1 S. Franklin Street
Chicago, IL 60606
312/346-6700 (main number)
312/444-2829 (post-adoption services)
www.jcbchicago.org/foster.htm

Journeys of the Heart - Illinois
A licensed, full-service agency that offers both domestic and international adoption services.
P.O. Box 28
Glen Ellyn, IL 60138
630/545-0542
Fax: 630/469-4382
e
-mail: JOHChicago@aol.com
www.journeysoftheheart.net

Lake Bluff Children's Home (aka Lake Bluff Orphanage back in the 1800s)
Please see listing for ChildServ above.

*Lifelink/Bensenville Home Society
Lifelink offers one of the better agency post-adoption programs in Illinois. For further information, contact Melissa Novacek.
331 South York Road
Bensenville,
IL 60106
630/766-5800
e-mail: alladopt@lifelink.org
www.lifelink.org

*Lifelink/Bensenville Home Society
1213 S. Vista View Ct.

Mahomet,
IL 61853-3654
217
/586-3151
www.lifelink.org

*Lifelink/Bensenville Home Society
2201 7th Ave.

Moline,
IL 61265-1436
309
/762-5645
www.lifelink.org

*Lifelink/Bensenville Home Society
3601 N. Sheridan Road

Peoria,
IL 60604-1434
309/681-1912
www.lifelink.org

*Lifelink/Bensenville Home Society
2324 S. Alpine Rd.

Rockford,
IL 61108-7726
815
/229-3141
www.lifelink.org

*Lutheran Child and Family Services
Post Adoption Services Contact: Laurie Lawton.
Corporate Headquarters
7620 Madison Street
P.O. Box 5078
River Forest, IL 60305
708/771-7180 (main number)
708/763-0700 X316 (post-adoption services)
Fax: 708/771-7184 
www.lcfs.org/

*Lutheran Child and Family Services
See LCFS Corporate Headquarters listing for post-adoption services information.
2408 Lebanon Avenue
Belleville, IL 62221
618/234-8904
www.lcfs.org/ 

*Lutheran Child and Family Services
See LCFS Corporate Headquarters listing for post-adoption services information.
15411 Broadway Ave.
Harvey, IL 60426
708/596-7464

*Lutheran Child and Family Services
See LCFS Corporate Headquarters listing for post-adoption services information.
800 S. 45th Street, Wells Bypass
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
618/242-3284
www.lcfs.org/

*Lutheran Child and Family Services
See LCFS Corporate Headquarters listing for post-adoption services information.
120 S. Marion
Oak Park, IL 60302
708/763-0700
www.lcfs.org/   

*Lutheran Child and Family Services
See LCFS Corporate Headquarters listing for post-adoption services information.
524 S. Fifth St.
Springfield, IL 62701
217/522-4296
Fax: 217/522-4468

www.lcfs.org/  

*Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
See LSSI Chicago South Office listing for post-adoption services information.
103 S. County Fair Dr.
Champaign, IL 61822
217/398-3011
Fax: 217/398-3176

*Lutheran Social Services of Illinois,
The contact person for post-adoption services at LSSI is Susan Kell, Interim Supervisor.
Chicago South Office
11740 S. Western
Chicago, IL 60643
773/371-2700

*Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
See LSSI Chicago South Office listing for post-adoption services information.
1144 Lake Street, 3rd Floor
Oak Park, IL 60301-1043
708/445-8341

*Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
See LSSI Chicago South Office listing for post-adoption services information.
3000 W. Rohmann
West Peoria, IL 61604
309/671-0300

New Life Social Services
(1989)

6316 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
773/478-4773
Fax: 773/478-7646
e
-mail: nlss2@aol.com

*Saint Mary's Services
For post-adoption assistance, please contact Susan Cianci (best days to call are Monday and Thursday, otherwise leave a voice mail message).
Counseling Offices
1133 N. La Salle
Chicago, IL
847/870-8181

http://stmary@home.interaccess.com 

Saint Mary's Services
See SMS's Chicago listing for post-adoption services information.
717 W. Kirchoff Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847/870-8181
http://stmary@home.interaccess.com

Saint Mary's Services
See SMS's Chicago listing for post-adoption services information.
7600 S. Wolf Rd.
Burr Ridge, IL

http://stmary@home.interaccess.com

Saint Mary's Services
See SMS's Chicago listing for post-adoption services information.
210 McHenry Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL
http://stmary@home.interaccess.com 

Saint Mary's Services
See SMS's Chicago listing for post-adoption services information.
40 Center St.
Elgin, IL 60120-5609
847/742-4921
http://stmary@home.interaccess.com 

*Saint Mary's Services
See SMS's Chicago listing for post-adoption services information.
410 Grand Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60085
847/249-1848
http://stmary@home.interaccess.com 

Saint Mary's Services
See SMS's Chicago listing for post-adoption services information.
Western Springs, IL 60558
708/246-5012

*Salvation Army - Missing Persons Bureau
Alas, alas, the Salvation Army has closed the doors of its Central U.S. office in Des Plaines and no longer provides search assistance to adoptees born in one of the Salvation Army's Midwest Booth Memorial Hospitals.
10 W. Algonquin Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60061
847/294-2000 (main office)
Fax: 847/290-2114

http://salvationarmy-usaeast.org/find/booth_babies.htm#usamap 

*Sunny Ridge Family Center, Inc.
(
formerly known at the Klingberg Children's Home)
Although Sunny Ridge' has had few requests for post-adoption assistance up until now (their domestic adoptions program did not begin until 1979), they do
handle requests for information or search assistance on
a "case by case" basis.

2 South 426 Orchard Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
630/668-5117
Fax: 630/668-5144
e
-mail: info@sunnyridge.org
www.sunnyridge.org

Uniting Families Foundation (1997)
International adoptions only.
40 Cleveland Ave.
Lake Villa, IL 60046-8767
847/356-1452
Fax: 847/356-1584
e-mail: UnitingFam@aol.com
http://members.aol.com/UnitingFam/index.html
  
















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