Ministry for Adoption, Foster Care, and Safe Families


International (Inter-Country) Adoption

  • is handled through private agencies (adoption agencies)
  • requires an Illinois agency to license the family
  • the adoptive family and/or agency works with an agency in the other country to arrange the placement and transportation of the child
  • the adoptive family may need to travel to a foreign country for an extended stay
  • adoption may be finalized in a foreign country and in Illinois
  • the process is more complicated and lengthy than in a domestic adoption

Source:  Adoption Information Center of Illinois