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About Us

Our goal is to provide you with accurate information, excellent service and support throughout the process. Whether you are calling for the first time, waiting for your closed file information, or searching for a birth relative, or have been contacted by us on behalf of a relative who wants a connection, we want you to know that we strive to help you feel understood and supported.

MAC is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide a wide range of services to children, adults and families touched by foster care and adoption. The programs of the Center focus on helping each member of the adoption triad meet these new challenges.

The Illinois DCFS Closed File Information and Search Service

The Confidential Intermediary Service of Illinois

MAC also offers support and counseling to people considering adoption or struggling with issues related to adoption.

Training and consultation is available for individual social workers and agencies regarding post-adoption service.

Mission and Vision

MISSION - To serve the adoption and foster care communities by providing pathways to information and connection.

VISION - A world where people are supported and empowered to access information about themselves and establish connections while respecting the rights and privacy of others.





About MAC staff

Dawn Saphir - currently serves as the Executive Director of MAC. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from Columbia College Chicago and received a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University. She is a licensed clinical social worker. Dawn joined our staff as a caseworker in 2004 and has served as a Confidential Intermediary and Direct Service Coordinator in the past.

Emily - completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Carroll University and her master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University. Emily joined MAC as a Post-Adoption Guardianship Caseworker in 2013. Emily currently serves as the Confidential Intermediary Program Coordinator.

Kathryn - completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Illinois State University and her master’s degree in Social Work from Aurora University. Kathryn joined MAC as a caseworker in 2012. She is currently the Direct Service Coordinator for the Confidential Intermediary and DCFS Programs.

LaKisha is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Applied Sociology at Lewis University.  LaKisha joined our staff as a program specialist in 2004.  She has 10 years experience in the social service field with 7 of those years specializing in permanency and post-adoption work.

Sue F graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree.  Sue was the first Mac worker hired, in 1996, and continues to provide search related services to MAC clients.  She has 30 years of genealogical research experience and along with her husband, has two adopted sons.

Denise received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master's degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC. Denise joined the MAC staff as a Post-Adoption and Guardianship Caseworker in 2014.

Alissa completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work from University of Kentucky in 2015 and her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 2016. Alissa joined MAC as a Post Adoption Guardianship Caseworker in 2017.

Jessica completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Concordia University Chicago and her Master's in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Jessica joined MAC as a Post-Adoption Guardianship Caseworker in 2016.

Dalia graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined MAC in 2017 as a caseworker in the Post-Adoption and Guardianship program.

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