A person who was adopted or who adopted a minor child can get general, non-identifying information about the birth family and the adoption. If the adoption took place through an agency, the agency should have the information. Information about the adoption can also be found by looking in the Illinois Adoption Registry. An adopted person and the birth parents must each agree to make identifying information about themselves available. If they do, either one can get information, such as a name and last known address, about the other one.
If the child was a ward of the state, and the adoption happened through the Department of Children and Family Services, DCFS will have information about the birth parents and the adoptive family. DCFS does not have any information about adoptions in which the adopted child was not a DCFS ward.
The Illinois Department of Public Health can also give information about adopted children and their birth parents through the Medical Information Exchange. The birth parents must file a registration identification form and an information exchange authorization. The birth parent can cancel and refile these documents at any time. An adopted person can file a registration ID form and an information exchange authorization at the age of 21 or older. If the adopted child is over 18 and under 21 years, the adoptive parents or guardian must give written consent.
Birth parents, adopted persons, and adoptive parents who are trying to find someone who was involved in the adoption can ask the court to assign a Confidential Intermediary (CI). The CI can search through court records and other records about the adoption in order to find the sought after person. When the CI finds the person, they will help both sides come to an agreement about direct contact. Both sides have a right to confidentiality and direct contact will not happen unless both sides agree.
For more information call (847) 298-9096 or go to the Confidential Intermediary Illinois website.