Submitting Your Petition to the Court

A petition for appointment of a Confidential Intermediary may be filed with or without the assistance of an attorney. The petition may be filed in any county in Illinois. It is not necessary to file in the county in which the related adoption was legally completed. The following information and suggestions may be helpful to you and/or to your attorney. While we are not able to give legal advice, we will be glad to attempt to answer questions throughout the petitioning process.

The two forms you will need to file are posted on this site as a single PDF document. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free at Adobe.com) to view the PDF document. You may print out the forms and fill in the printed copy. Alternatively, you “save as” the forms to your computer, fill in the blank on your computer, save, then print and sign them.

Filing without an attorney

  1. Complete all four pages of the “Petition for Appointment of Confidential Intermediary” (CI Petition form) by clearly printing or typing the following information:
    • On page 1
      • Insert the name of the county in which you are filing
      • Insert your own name below the words "In the matter of the petition of"
      • Insert your name in the space after the words “Comes now”
    • On pages 1 and 2
      • Select and check which description applies to you
      • Insert information as described in the small print under the blanks in paragraphs 2 and 3
      • If you are an adult adopted person, an adoptive parent of a minor or a birth parent, you do not have to complete paragraph 6 explaining to the Court why the petition is being filed. However, if you are a birth sibling or an adult relative of a deceased birth parent or adopted person, you must complete paragraph 6, explaining to the Court the reason you are requesting an Intermediary.
    • On page 3, sign your own name and current date.
    • On page 3, you state to the Court that the information you put on the form is true. Sign your name and then clearly print or type your name, address and phone number.
    • Your petition must be notarized.  The top of page 4 is for the notary to complete.  The spaces on the bottom of page 4 should be filled-in with your name, address and phone number.
  2. The “Order for Appointment of Confidential Intermediary” (CI Order form) will be signed by the Judge when an Intermediary is appointed. Only fill in information on Page 1. The Judge will complete the rest of the form.
    • Insert the name of the county in which you are filing
    • Insert your own name below the words "In the matter of the petition of"
  3. Submit the completed CI Petition form and CI Order form to the Court of your choice.
    • There is no longer a fee for filing the petition in most of the larger populated Circuit Courts. Many of the smaller Circuit Courts will require you to pay for the filing fee.
    • You may file by mail or in person. You can call the office of the Circuit Court in which you plan to file for information as to exactly where, and with whom, the petition is to be filed. Either the Clerk of the Court or someone in the office of the judge hearing adoption cases should be able to help you.
    • Along with the two forms, enclose a cover letter that states:
      • That you are requesting the appointment of a Confidential Intermediary
      • The reason why you would like to be excused from attending the hearing, if that is your preference.
  4. If you file by mail, you will receive notice of your hearing date by phone or by mail. If you file in person, you may be given a hearing date at the time the petition is filed. The date given to you will likely be within a month of the date of filing. If you are experiencing a medical emergency that necessitates an immediate hearing, be sure to make that known when you file the petition. The Court will tell you whether or not you will have to appear in person. If you do not want to attend the hearing, but have not already requested to be excused from appearing, you should do so at this time.

    Don’t be surprised if Court personnel are confused by your request. In some Court jurisdictions, only a few petitions for appointment of a CI have been filed. In addition, many changes have been made to the CI law since its inception. If you are unable to get the information you need, contact the CISI Program Coordinator and we will try to help.

Filing with the assistance of an attorney
  1. Retain an attorney to file the petition. Your local bar association may be able to supply a list of attorneys who handle adoption matters.
  2. Your attorney will prepare the petition based on information you will provide him/her. You may suggest that the attorney use the standard forms posted on this site or available from CISI and found in the booklet. Adult adopted persons, adoptive parents of a minor and birth parents do NOT have to explain to the Court why the petition is being filed. However, if you are a birth sibling or are an adult relative of a deceased birth parent or adopted person, your attorney must complete the section of the petition that explains to the Court the reason you are requesting an Intermediary. Your attorney should also be sure to include your full name, address and phone number along with the petition so that CISI is able to contact you after the Court issues an order appointing a CI.
  3. Your attorney will file the petition with the Court. Because of a recent change in the law, there is no longer a fee for filing the petition in some Court jurisdictions. A date for the hearing before the Judge will be set. The date set for the hearing will likely be within a month of the date of filing the petition. Should you be experiencing a medical emergency that necessitates an immediate hearing, your attorney should notify the Court of that fact at the time the petition is filed.
  4. You and your attorney may have to appear before the Judge on the designated date. The Court will tell you whether or not you will have to appear. If you live some distance from the Court, or if it would be difficult for you to appear, your attorney could request that you be excused from appearing. The Court often grants such requests.


 
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