Whether you're looking for a support group where you can meet others who've walked in your shoes...or a place to hang your protest sign, you should find it listed here in this fairly comprehensive list of national and local support groups and grassroots reform organizations. Entities marked with an astrisk* currently hold local meetings on a regular basis; most of the other groups are either out of state or rarely convene outside of cyberspace..

Adoptee Liberty Movement Association (ALMA)
One of the oldest nationwide adoption organizations in the country. At the time of a 1998 survey of Illinois support groups, none of ALMA's Illinois chapters was still holding regular monthly meetings.
P.O. Box 59345
Chicago, IL 60659

Adoptees and Birthparents for
Open Records Nationwide
A newer Internet presence which supports an adoptee's right to unfettered access to his or her original birth certificate and birth documents. Web site includes extensive info on adoption laws in all 50 states.
Rt. 4, Box 361
Adrian, MO 64720
877/748-7979, x856
e-mail: Jeep@Aborn.org 

*Adoptees, Birth Barents and Adoptive
Parents Together

As their name suggests, this group seeks to reunite all corners of the triad at their monthly Thursday meetings held at the Faith Evangelical Covenant Church in Wheaton. Group facilitator, Jody Moreen, is a reunited adoptee. Jody also periodically publishes the Adoption Blessings Newsletter," a free publication for Christian triad members.
729 Zaininger Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563
adoption@wideopenwest. com

Adoption Crossroads & The Council
for Equal Rights in Adoption (CERA)
NY-based group "dedicated to the Preservation and Reunification of Families "with liberty and justice for all..." CERA's founder, author Joe Soll, has been the engine behind the annual "March on Washington"  for over a decade.
212/988-0110 (Wednesday only)

*Adoption Network Chicago
This continually growing group meets from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Caribou Coffee shop in Schaumburg (SW corner of Roselle and Schaumburg) on the second Wednesday of each month. Inspired by Adoption Network Cleveland, the group's founder is reunited adoptee Michelle Mattes.

Adoption Search and Support Group
638 S. Randolph
Macomb, IL 61455

*Adoption Triangle
Department of Children and Family Services
200 S. Wyman, Suite 200
Rockford, IL 61101-1232

Adoption Triangle

*Adoption Triangle
c/o Children's Home and Aid Society
1819 S. Neil, Suite D
Champaign, IL 61820

Adoption Triangle of Joliet
Good source for search assistance in Will County.
512 Oneida Street
Joliet, IL 60435

Adoptive Families Today (AFT)
Active adoptive parents' group which offers a wide range of activities and services for adoptive parents both pre- and post-adoption. 
P.O. Box 1726
Barrington, IL 60010
Fax: 847/382-0831
e-mail: adopadvo@aol.com

American Adoption Congress (AAC)
Arguably once one of the most influential adoption reform organizations in the U.S., the AAC did not support Illinois' OBC-Access Legislation and removed White Oak's Executive Director, Melisha Mitchell, as their Illinois State Rep due to her association with the controversial Illinois law. Subsequently, the AAC has supported other OBC-access laws with opt-out provisions similar to the one that prompted Ms Mitchell's dismissal.  The organization holds an annual conference that is generally well-attended.

P.O. Box 42730
Washington, D.C. 20015


Americans for Open Records
Like just about everyone else on this list, this national organization supports adoptees' unrestricted access to their birth records.  

Bastard Nation (BN)
One of the most media-savvy and outspoken adoption reform groups in the country, BN was instrumental in the victory of the "Oregon Initiative" and played a key role in Alabama's successful open records quest in 2000. Their Illinois rep, Anita Field, is a long-time adoptee rights advocate whose poignant "Letters to the Editor" have often appeared in the columns of The Chicago Tribune's editorial section. BN has gazillions of e-members across the U.S.

Bridge Communication
221 North LaSalle, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601
Fax: 312/220-0004

Central Illinois Adoptive Families

*Chicago Area Families for Adoption (CAFFA)
Active adoptive parents' group which offers a wide range of activities and services for adoptive parents both pre- and post-adoption. 
1212 Naper Blvd, Suite 119
Naperville, IL 60540-8360
Fax:  630/839-7580

Child International
For adoptive parents of internationally adopted children.
4121 Crestwood
Northbrook, IL 60062

*Concerned United Birthparents, Inc. (CUB)
Established in the mid-70s, this birth parent-focused group serves "those touched by adoption and others who are concerned about adoption issues." Most chapters offer monthly support groups. Bonnie Bis, their long-standing Illinois rep and former President, is a reunited birth mother. Their multi-layered Web site includes a great collection of adoption-related news articles.
P.O. Box 230457
Encinitas, CA 92023
Fax: 760/929-1879
e-mail: info@CUBirthparents.org


e-mail:  ILtreesurgeon@aol.com

phone: 312-666-5722