Providing Resources and Information to individuals & families

touched by adoption and foster care in the state of Illinois.

Providing Resources to individuals & families

touched by adoption and foster care in the state of Illinois.

Our Impact

In the majority of cases, we are able to locate a sought after individual. When that individual is located, our caseworkers attempt to establish a connection that is most comfortable to all involved parties. 

Birth Relatives Located
Clients Served in 2020
Established Some Level of Connection

Featured Stories

Stories from real clients of MAC and their experiences with the programs offered.

Your Resources

Below are some resources that may be helpful to you. 

Please note, to search in Illinois, you must register with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE) and provide proof of registration before search services can begin. If you are not eligible, the registry will return your packet and inform you of the outcome. You will still be able to search, even if you are not registry eligible.

This office is also responsible for the provision of original birth certificates. 

For registry specific questions and forms, please click on the link below.

For various reasons, there may be a time when you need to access investigation records about a case you were involved in. 

Only specific people can access abuse investigation records. For more information on who can access records and how to do so, please click on the link below.

Please note, this information is for adoptions completed in Cook County Only. 

If you were adopted in Cook County, you may be able to obtain a redacted copy of your adoption decree. 

If you need a decree from another county, you will have to visit that county's court page. 

For information on how to request a copy of an adoption decree in Cook County, please click on the link below.

The Advocacy Office for Children and Families responds to complaints, concerns, inquiries and suggestions about the Department of Children and Family Services. The staff provides referrals to appropriate DCFS staff and suggestions to executive staff for improvements and changes to the Department. 

If you have a specific issue, question or concern that cannot be handled by Midwest Adoption Center, The Advocacy Office may be able to help. For information on what they do and how to contact them, please click on the link below.

The link below will take you to the Illinois Adoption Act. This is the law upon which MAC services and CI services are based on.

For additional resources such as counseling, preservation programs, tuition information and fee waiver programs, please go to the link below.

Get in Touch

Talking with one of our staff about your situation is the best way to know if we will be able to help. We welcome your phone call or email inquiry.