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How can I get medical or other information about my birth family?
Illinois law mandates that certain “non-identifying information” be given, upon request, to adult adoptees and to adoptive parents of minors. This is descriptive information such as physical characteristics, education, heath, nationality, etc. but does not include any information that could identify the person such as names, address, date of birth, etc.

This information, if it is available, is usually held by the agency involved in the adoption.

"Non-identifying information" is usually not found in the court adoption file. Therefore, this information will probably not be found by requesting that a Judge order the file opened.

If the adoption was completed through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services:
DCFS offers service to adoptees, adoptive parents and birth family members seeking non-identifying information from their files. This program is only available to individuals party to an adoption in which the child was a ward of DCFS at the time of the adoption.

When a private adoption agency closes or stops providing adoption services, its adoption related files are sometimes turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Click here for current information about files held by DCFS and services available.

Midwest Adoption Center provides this service on behalf of DCFS. There is no fee for service through this program. If you believe the adoption was handled by DCFS, request a service request form by contacting:
Midwest Adoption Center
IDCFS Post-adoption Program
2720 South River Road - suite 50
DesPlaines, Illinois 60018
847-298-9096

Or by email at mac@macadopt.org


If the adoption was completed through a private adoption agency:
According to the Illinois Adoption Act, 'non-identifying information' must be provided, if available, to adult adoptees and to adoptive parents of minors upon request. Contact the private agency directly to request this information. There may be a fee for this service.

When a private adoption agency closes or stops providing adoption services, its adoption related files are sometimes turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Click here for current information about files held by DCFS and services available.

If the adoption was competed as a ‘private placement’ with no agency involved:
If no adoption agency was involved in the placement, it is possible that the Court appointed an office of the court to collect birth family information. Such an office could be called "court services". Call the court jurisdiction in which the adoption was legally completed for more information.