Services for
Fomer Youth in Care

How we can help
If you were a former youth in care who was not adopted and would like to know about your time in care or locate a birth relative, we may be able to help.

You can request information from your DCFS file and can request search service to try to locate birth relatives. 

Multi-ethnic family members at home sharing a hug.  African descent single mother at right.  Adopted child center.

Frequently Asked Questions
The following are Frequently Asked Questions about the DCFS Closed File Information and Search program by former youth in care.

This service is only available to adopted persons, those who were in foster care but never adopted, birth relatives and adoptive parents of minors connected to placement through DCFS. If you are an adopted person, adoptive parent or birth relative and the adoption was through a private adoption agency, doctor or attorney, please visit: