Supporting you on your journey to grow your family.
We recognize the adoption process can be confusing and overwhelming. Our experienced and knowledgeable team will assist you through every step of your adoption journey. Each adoptive family has an adoption specialist who provides support and guidance before, during and after the adoption.
The first step is a free one-on-one telephone call. During this time, our intake specialist will gather some information and answer your questions. In addition, you will learn about the different types of adoption and the adoption process from application to post placement. This is a time to explore various aspects of adoption and review the next steps.
Children found their forever families through LCFS' adoption program last year
An identified adoption is one in which prospective adoptive families and birth parents connect with each other directly or through an intermediary. Adoptive parents may choose to work with a marketing organization, a legal services group, or an agency located in another state which handles the outreach and initial contact with prospective birth parents. Families may also decide to network or advertise on their own or find another way to directly connect with an expectant mother. However the connection takes place, LCFS will provide guidance to the prospective adoptive families.
Agency-assisted identified adoptions offer the safeguards and services of an agency adoption while providing you with the opportunity to be proactive in connecting with expectant parents considering an adoption plan. There is no waiting list, and LCFS does not charge a placement fee in identified adoptions.
Your LCFS adoption specialist will support you through the entire adoption journey, including guidance on your relationship with the birth parents. LCFS will explain the options and benefits of an open adoption, but you and the birth parents will determine the type and frequency of contact you will have before and after placement. Your adoption specialist will help you and the birth family arrange a form of contact that is agreeable to both of you.
Finally, when the prospective birth mother is in Illinois and is served by LCFS, you can feel secure in the knowledge that the birth parents have been assisted with their decision making and planning. Our supportive services include gathering background medical and social information, contact with the hospital, placement and relinquishments. A newborn can be placed with you directly from the hospital. LCFS also works with your adoption attorney to support a secure adoption process.
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LCFS has completed hundreds of interstate adoptions and is one of the few agencies in Illinois with the knowledge and expertise to smoothly coordinate an adoption between parties in two different states. LCFS is able to assist prospective adoptive families in Illinois who identify prospective birth parents in another state. In addition, if you are a prospective adoptive family living outside of Illinois and have located expectant parents living in Illinois who are considering an adoption plan, LCFS can help you complete your adoption. An LCFS worker will provide services to the expectant parents.
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LCFS will assist prospective adoptive parents who are interested in adopting youth in care who are waiting for adoptive families. Our adoption specialists assist prospective adoptive parents in obtaining and reviewing information and in navigating the process of selection by the placing agency and the pre-placement process. Following placement, they provide guidance, support, and linkage to services throughout the post-placement period, supporting the adjustment of the child and family.
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LCFS can complete a home study for Illinois prospective adoptive parents who are working with a Hague-accredited placing agency or approved adoption service provider (ASP). Your LCFS adoption specialist will:
- Assist you in meeting all of the international home study requirements and complete a thorough home study report.
- Assist you in obtaining the required, approved Hague adoption training.
- Help you identify the type of child best suited for your family.
- Provide you with information on adoptive parent resources.
- Provide post-placement/post-adoption services and support and complete the reports that are required by your child’s country of origin and the ASP.
- Provide guidance on obtaining a Social Security number, a U.S. birth certificate and proof of U.S. citizenship for your child, as well as information for the finalization of your child’s adoption or re-adoption in the United States.
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Building Forever Families
“I will always be grateful to LCFS for the role they played in my daughter’s adoption and mine.”
The McLeod Family's Story
“We felt like adding to our family with adoption through foster care gave us an opportunity to not only provide a child with a home that needed one, but also expand our family.”
Adopting During a Pandemic
“It’s been so magical to see her grow and develop. All of my friends who are parents told me how amazing parenting is but I never understood the details.”
LCFS is licensed by the state of Illinois (Agency license # 012998) Note: None of the children shown on this website are available for adoption unless otherwise noted.