Adoptive Parents of Adopted Persons Under 21
How we can help
If your child was born and/or adopted in Illinois and you are hoping to learn about the birth family history or locate a birth relative, we may be able to help.
You can use the Confidential Intermediary program to search for your child's birth parents or other birth relatives. You might hope to exchange contact information with birth relatives, or you can ask your CI to contact birth relatives to obtain medical or other non-identifying information from birth relatives.
If your child's adoption was completed through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services:
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are the most commonly asked questions about the Confidential Intermediary Service of Illinois.
We recognize that every situation, story, and case is unique. If you have questions that are not answered here, we welcome your call or email to discuss your specific situation.