Services for
Adopted Persons

How we can help
If you were adopted through foster care in Illinois and would like to know about your birth family or locate a birth relative, we may be able to help.

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

If you were adopted in Illinois or born in Illinois and adopted in another state but DCFS was not involved, the Confidential Intermediary Service of Illinois may be able to help you.

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

Additional Information

If your adoption was not through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Frequently Asked Questions
The following are Frequently Asked Questions about the DCFS Closed File Information and Search program.

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: