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Illinois Adoption

Adoption in Illinois

If you live in Illinois and are pregnant and considering adoption, please visit our For Birthmothers page for more information on how the adoption process works.  

Looking for the right Adoptive Family for you?  Visit our View Waiting Families page to read profiles for adoptive families hoping to adopt a child.

Below is some brief information about adoption laws in Illinois.  If you are an adoptive family and are just starting your adoption journey, visit our Adoptive Family Page to learn more about how adoption works.   Below is a list of Illinois Home Study Providers if you are an adoptive family looking to take the first steps in your adoption journey.  

We appreciate that you have taken the time to stop by and certainly look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Please note: Currently Illinois state law does not allow out of state agencies to work with Adoptive Families or Birthmothers in the interest of adoption.  Only entities licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services are permitted to conduct adoptions.

Illinois Adoption Law

When it comes to laws that govern Illinois adoption, trying to find a quick and simple answer can be frustrating.  Trying to decipher what a specific adoption law statute means can be overwhelming.  Below is a quick summary to some of the most common Illinois adoption laws.  NOTE: Under no circumstances should this information be relied upon as complete legal advice or applicable to your specific adoption.  It is intended only to be a reference and not definitive.

Consent to Adopt

Birthmother can sign consent anytime 72 hours after birth. Signing of consent must be done before a court. Birthfather can sign consent at anytime before or after the birth. Consent is irrevocable at signing without a court hearing. The state does have a birthfather registry.

Birthmother Living Expenses

Birthmother living expenses are allowed to be paid with no specified maximum. Up to 60 days post partum expenses may be allowable. The state requires that all birthmother living expenses must be disbursed by a licensed child placing agency.

Adoption Finalization

Finalization may occur 6 months from the date consent to adopt is irrevocable. The state does allow non-residents to finalize in the state of Illinois.

Illinois Home Study Providers

In Illinois, a Home Study is the first step in the adoption process.  Essentially, a home study is performed to ensure that you would be capable and appropriate parents to an adopted child.  A home study may be performed by the Illinois Department of Human Resources, a licensed child placing agency, or an individual or agency licensed by the department to perform investigations

Over the years, Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions has built a national database of Home Study Providers. These are individuals that have proven to be professionals in their field. Based on our experience, they provide the most comprehensive and qualified home studies within their state.

This list is provided to you as a service in the interest of positive adoptions. All individuals and entities listed are independent and do not represent Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions in any way. Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions does not receive any fee or portion of the home study provider’s fee for making their contact information available to you.

Julia Mendez

ABC Counseling
Normal, IL
309 451-9495

Alice Sutor

Adoption Ark
Buffalo Grove, IL
847 215-2755

Regina Thompson

Baptist Children's Home and Family Services
Mt. Vernon, IL
618 242-4944

Nina Koen

Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois
Carbondale, IL
618 351-0743

Christina Cook

Evangelical Child and Family Agency
Wheaton, IL
630 653-6400

Helen Quaid

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois
Belleville, IL
618 234-8904

Susan Goble

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
Rock Island, IL
309 786-6400

Sue Puffpaff

The Cradle
Evanston, IL