Ministry for Adoption, Foster Care, and Safe Families


Adoption thru foster care — Thousands of children are waiting for caring families who can adopt them and give them stability and nurturing.  Families in Illinois need to receive a license before the children they plan to adopt come to live with them.  Licensing ensures that children are placed with nurturing families in homes that meet standards set by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Children in foster care in any state can be adopted by families living in Illinois (this is called an Interstate Adoption).

Most people who can provide an adequate and loving home are eligible.  An adoptive parent …

– may be single, married, divorced, or separated and living apart from a spouse for 12 months or longer

– may or may not have birth or adopted children

–  must be at least 21 years of age

–  must be able to financially manage the addition of a child or children to the family – although there are no specific income requirements (Financial assistance is available for families who adopt a child older than one year of age, a sibling group of more than two, or a child of any age with special needs.)

– must pass a criminal background check

Most children waiting to be adopted are in foster homes.  A few are in residential facilities.

Waiting children can be located via online photo listings (see AdoptUSKids), or through public or private agencies.  In addition, home studies for foster care adoption can be done obtained through independent agencies or DCFS.

The Adoption Information Center of Illinois (AICI) maintains a book which lists pictures and descriptions of children who are available for adoption.  The Adoption Information Center of Illinois located at 188 West Randolph Street, Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60601 800/572-2390

For more information call AICI  800.572.2390 or Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS) office in your local phone book.

DCFS Waukegan: 847.249.7800

Source:   Adoption Information Center of Illinois

Department of Child and Family Service