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Information, support, and resources for those searching in Illinois.

Access to Adoption Information
State regulations covering access to identifying and non-identifying (non-ID). Who can apply, where, and when.

Suckerpunch
An adoptee believes he has been suckerpunched by the sealed records system and is going public to raise awareness of the obstacles facing other searchers.

Crittenton Adoptions
Information about who can apply for information, how, and cost, for Crittenton adoptions.

Illinois Adoption Information Page
State legislative information, office addresses and phone numbers, overview of statutes. A good place to start.

Illinois Adoption Law
Full text of the state statutes covering adoption, from the State Legislature includes information about state registries, Confidential Intermediary program, and the release of identifying and non-identifying (non-ID) information. (Chapter 750, Article 50: Adoption)

Illinois Adoption Registry
A mutual consent registry maintained by the Dept. of Public Health. $40.00 registration fee. Registrants must be 18 or older.

Illinois County Courthouses
Listed alphabetically by county, with mailing addresses and phone numbers.

Illinois Search Angels
Search Angels are volunteers who offer their time and talents free of charge to help others in adoption-related searches for birth family members.

Illinois State Archives
Find genealogical and historical information here.

Kerrylynn's Illinois Search Sites
An extensive listing of search resources and guidelines.

Luanne's Adoption Search Page
Professional searcher for California, Ohio, and Illinois (searches by birth parents and sibling only, in Illinois.)

Search State Newspapers
Links to online papers from around the state. Generally a fee for archive searches.

The Cradle Search and Reunion
If your adoption was connected with The Cradle, you can take advantage of these search and reunion services.

The White Oak Foundation
Organization assisting Illinois adoptees and birth parents with post-adoption issues including search, reunion, and support. The online search suggestions are excellent.

Vital Records by County
What records are held where, and how to contact county offices.
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