Although only a handful of listings in this section are directly connected to adoption, nearly every organization and agency referenced below could conceivably come in handy at some point during a search or reunion...and beyond. If you're looking for the contact number for the state confidential intermediary program or the place to get non-identifying information for a non-agency Cook County adoption, you'll find it here...along with links to everything from the name of your State Senator or U.S. Congressperson to the Web site of your local daily newspaper.


Government/State Agencies

Adoption Information Center of Illinois (AICI)
Primarily for prospective adoptive parents; affiliated with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
188 West Randolph, Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Toll Free: 800/572-2390
Fax: 312/346-0004

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 below) 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 has also administered a free program for DCFS adoptees and birth family members since 2002.

406 East Monroe Street, Station #225
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1498
Fax: 217/524-3966

Department of Children and Family Services
Northern Region - Aurora
8 East Galena Boulevard, Suite 400
Aurora, Illinois 60506

Department of Children and Family Services
Cook Region - North
1921 South Indiana Avenue, Suite 9
Chicago, Illinois 60616-1310

Department of Children and Family Services
Cook Region - Central
3301 West Arthington, Second Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60624

Department of Children and Family Services
Cook Region - South
6201 South Emerald
Chicago, Illinois 60621

Department of Children and Family Services
Central Region - Champaign Area
2125 South First Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820

Department of Children and Family Services
Southern Region - East St. Louis
10 Collinsville Avenue
East St. Louis, Illinois 62201

Department of Children and Family Services
Southern Region - Marion Area
2309 West Main Street
Marion, Illinois 62959

Department of Children and Family Services
Central Region - Peoria Area
5415 North University Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61603

Department of Children and Family Services
Northern Region - Rockford Area
200 South Wyman Street, 2nd Floor
Rockford, Illinois 61101-1232

Department of Children and Family Services
Central Region - Springfield Area
4500 S. Sixth Street Road
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5192

Illinois Department of Public Health/Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE)
The people to contact for registration with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange. Complete info on the program and downloadable IARMIE application forms (requiring Acrobat Reader) are available at their Web site. Upon request, White Oak will mail IARMIE registration forms to triad members with an Illinois connection. Vicki Beard is currently the IARMIE program director.
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Toll Free (Illinois only): 877/323-5299

Illinois Vital Statistics
Unless you're a non-adoptee (or an adoptee who was born in IL but adopted in a state like MO or IN that rarely gets back to Vital Statistics in the original state of birth), the only birth certificate you'll access from IVS is the amended version (the with your adoptive parents' neatly typed names and information). Reunited  Illinois adoptees can access their obc through the Illinois Adoption Registry.  

Midwest Adoption Center
Administers Illinois' Confidential Intermediary Program and provides post-adoption services to DCFS adoptees and birth parents. For additional information, contact Becca Nolan, coordinator of the Confidential Intermediary Program.
3158 Des Plaines River Road, Suite 120
Des Plaines, Illinois 60018
Fax: 847/298-9097 (general info about Midwest) (specific info on the CI program; downloadable petitions, etc.)

Post-Adoption Clearinghouse
188 West Randolph, Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Fax: 312/346-0004
-mail: www.adoptinfo/

Legal Resources

Clerk of the Court of Cook County
Write the clerk of the court for a Gold Seal Certificate (aka "Adoption Certificate"-- provides date and case number of the adoption) for Cook County adoptions ($9 fee). Service available only to adoptees whose adoption was finalized in Cook County. (In other Illinois counties, the adoptee usually must petition the court to obtain the same data.) See our "Searching" section for additional info on obtaining a Gold Seal Certificate in Cook County. For counties other than Cook, contact the Clerk of the Court for the county where the adoption was finalized.
Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington/Room 1202
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Cook County Court
In Cook County, requests for a copy of the final decree of adoption should be addressed to Judge McGann (who replaces Judge Maras) and accompanied by a $9 check or money order made out to the "Clerk of the Court of Cook County"...Turn-around time is less than a month. For counties other than Cook, please call the Clerk of the Court in the relevant county and request the name and address of the judge who handles "miscellaneous adoption petitions." You can find a sample letter for requesting the Decree from Judge McGann by clicking here.
Judge Patrick McGann
Richard J. Daley Center/Room 1701
50 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60602

Cook County Juvenile Court
2245 West Ogden 3rd Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60612
Fax: 312/633-3469

Cook County Juvenile Court Records
Requests for Cook County juvenile court records (for which you possess the case number of the relevant file) should be submitted to Phil Costello.
Richard J. Daley Center/Room 1113
Chicago, IL 60602
312/603-6601 (or 6628, 7788)

Cook County Court Supportive Services
County agency to contact for non-identifying information if the adoption was NOT facilitated by a public or private agency and WAS finalized in Cook County. Little or no information is available for adoptions finalized before the late 50s; background and social information available in cases where Cook County Supportive Services conducted the home study and interviewed the birth mother at the time of placement.
Contact: Annette Schneider
69 W. Washington St. #1630
Chicago, IL 60602

Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Bar Center
Springfield, IL 62701-1779
Toll Free: 800/252-8908
Fax: 217/525-0712

Other State
Government Resources

State of Illinois Main Page
Illinois Constitution
Illinois General Assembly
Illinois Legislation
Illinois State Senators
Illinois State Representatives
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Find Your State Legislator!

Other State Government Agencies

Attorney General
Corrections (Inmate Search)
Genealogical Research
Human Services
Public Aid
Public Health
Secretary of State

Municipal Links

Cities & Counties
Alphabetical Listing of Cities, Counties and Municipalities
Alphabetical Listing of Counties
City of Chicago
City of Chicago Homicide Records (1870-1930)
City of Springfield

Illinois Newspapers
Call your local newspaper if you've been recently reunited and don't mind sharing it with the community-at-large! A single reunion story which included a mention of the availability of this program (in a Springfield newspaper in November) generated more than 25 inquiries! Online newspapers' archives are also a good source of death notices from the past decade...and a good place to voice your opinion on pending legislation.
Listings are alphabetical, by city.
Alton     The Telegraph
Arlington Heights     The Daily Herald
Aurora     The Beacon News
Belleville     Belleville News-Democrat
Benton     Benton Evening News
Bloomington     The Pantagraph
Canton     The Daily Ledger
Carbondale     The Southern Illinoisan
Carmi     The Carmi Times
Centralia     Morning Sentinel
Champaign     The News-Gazette
Chicago     Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago     Chicago Tribune
Crystal Lake     Northwest Herald
Danville     Commercial-News
Decatur      Herald & Review
Dixon     The Telegraph
DuQuoin     DuQuoin Evening Call
Effingham     Effingham Daily News
Edwardsville     Edwardsville Intelligencer
The Courier News
Flora     The Daily Clay County Advocate-Press
Freeport     Freeport Journal-Standard
Geneva     Kane County Chronicle
Harrisburg  The Daily Register
Joliet     The Herald News
Kankakee     The Daily Journal
Kewanee     Star Courier
Macomb     Macomb Journal
Marion     Marion Daily Republican
Mattoon      Charleston Times-Courier
Mattoon     Mattoon Journal Gazette
Moline      The Dispatch
Monmouth     Monmouth Daily Review Atlas
Morris     Morris Daily Herald
Mount Carmel     Daily Republican Register
Mount Vernon     Register-News
Olney      Olney Daily Mail
Ottawa     The Daily Times
Paris     Paris Beacon-News
Pekin     Daily Times
Peoria     Peoria Journal Star
Pontiac      Daily Leader
Quincy      Quincy Herald-Whig
Robinson     Robinson Daily News
Rock Island     Rock Island Argus
Rockford     Rockford Register Star
Shelbyville      Shelbyville Daily Unione
Springfield     The State Journal-Register
Sterling     The Daily Gazette
Streator     The Times-Press
 The Taylorville Daily Breeze-Courier
Tinley Park      Daily Southtown
West Frankfort      The Daily American
Waukegan      The News Sun       


phone: 312-666-5722