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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

Nancy Golden, MSW, LCSW has worked for more than 20 years in adoption and foster care services in an agency setting and in private practice and serves as Executive Director of MAC. The focus of Nancy's clinical work has been in promoting healthy growth and development for children and their birth, foster and adoptive families



Gretchen Schulert, BA has more than 35 years of experience in adoption in Illinois, working primarily with adoptive families, both pre and post adoption. In 1993, Ms. Schulert, along with Nancy Golden, founded Midwest Adoption Center. She shares responsibility for the delivery of both the DCFS Post Adoption and Guardianship program and the Confidential Intermediary program. These two services focus on the provision of information from closed adoption and foster care files and search and reunion. She has also served as consultant to IDCFS and various private agencies on a variety of post-adoption service issues and delivers workshops and seminars for professionals and families.










Dawn 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 currently serves as a member of the Illinois Adoption Advisory Council.  Dawn is the Post Adoption and Guardianship Program Coordinator.

Emily - 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.

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 currently works as a Post Adoption Guardianship caseworker in the DCFS program and is a certified Confidential Intermediary.

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.

Lindsay - completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Lindsay joined our staff as a caseworker in 2012.  She currently works as a Post Adoption Guardianship caseworker and is a certified Confidential Intermediary.

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.

Christy completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree in Counseling from Texas Christian University. Christy joined MAC as a caseworker in 2014.

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.

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