Illinois Adoption Information

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Adoption in Illinois

Before you can begin an adoption process, there are several decisions to be made. Do you want to adopt and infant or an older child? Do you want to adopt in Illinois or internationally?

Who May Adopt In Illinois

In Illinois you may adopt a child if you are at least 21 years old. You may be married, divorced or single. If you are separated, you must have lived apart from your spouse for 12 months or more. It is not necessary for you to own your own home, only that you have enough space for your new child.

Illinois International Adoption

If you are interested in an international adoption, you must work with an agency that is specifically licensed to do international adoptions. First decide what country you are interested in adopting from. Each country has its own criteria such as age limits, and the length of time you must remain in the country before you can return to Illinois to complete the adoption.

Illinois Older Child Or Special Needs Adoption

Children who are currently in foster care but available for adoption, or children with special needs, are placed for adoption by the Illinois Department of Human Services. Contact your local social services office to gain information on beginning the process. Special needs adoption does not necessarily mean that a child has a physical or mental disorder. For the purposes of adoption special needs may mean that the child is older, is part of a sibling group that needs to remain together, or is a member of a racial minority.

Pre-adoption classes are required before taking placement of a child. This is to help prepare families for situations they might face with a special needs child.

Illinois Infant Adoption

If you are interested in adopting an infant you can do so through an adoption agency or adoption attorney. Make sure that the agency or attorney is reputable and licensed in Illinois for adoption.

If you are planning to place your child for adoption, you may make an adoption plan with an agency or adoption attorney.

If you are unable to care for your child, or unable to make and adoption plan the Safe Haven Law in Illinois allows you to leave your unharmed infant under 72 hours old with Hospitals, Staffed Fire Stations, police departments and Emergency Care facilities.

Illinois Adoption Home Study

Not matter what type of adoption you pursue in Illinois, you will need a home study. What does a home study involve? It is an inspection, for lack of a better word, of your home, your background, your financial ability to raise a child, your parenting skills or tools, your marriage (if applicable) and many other aspects of your life. To some people it feels intrusive, but you will go through the same types of questions, no matter which avenue of adoption you choose to pursue.

Illinois Adoption Registry

The Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange allows adoptees and birth parents to indicate if they are interested in a reunion. The Registry and Exchange are voluntary, and are handled by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Information is only released if both parties wish to be contacted. If one party has indicated no contact, the other party will be notified.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in Illinois.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples near Illinois, provided as a service of

Children Waiting for Adoption in Illinois

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in Illinois who are hoping to be adopted.

We're sorry, Illinois does not currently feature children in The Photolisting. Contact your state officials if you'd like to see children waiting for adoption in the photolisting.

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martha - 2 years ago
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Hi, I would like to adopt a 6 year old girl, I currently have a 7 year old girl and we dont know whether to foster or adopt. I feel if my daughter got too attached and she is returned to her birth family my daughter would have a difficult time separating from her. Does any one have any advice as to what I should do? #1
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