Thinking About Adoption?
Adoption Services in Bloomington and Normal
The Adoption Center of Illinois is located in Illinois and here to provide assistance with adoption to women and men living in and around Bloomington and Normal, Illinois. Family Resource Center, an Illinois licensed adoption agency, created this site to provide information and help to women (birth mothers) and men (birth fathers) who were considering placing or “giving up” a child for adoption. We know that no two adoption situations are exactly alike and that every person has his or her own thoughts, feelings and ideas about adoption. Adoption Center of Illinois has a worker in the area to help with Adoption in Bloomington and Normal, Illinois. We are here to listen and to provide you with useful information so that you can decide what is best for you and your child. To give you an idea of how we work, below we have described how adoption works through the Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center. 1. Getting started… The first step is to finding out how adoption works is to contact an adoption counselor. When you are ready, you can call, email, or send a text to reach one of our counselors. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you are pregnant or your child is already born, we are here to listen and help answer all of your questions about how adoption works. We believe you have a right to be aware of all of your options. Your communications with us are confidential and there are no strings attached. 2. Talking with a counselor and meeting with us… Once you contact us, an adoption counselor can arrange to meet with you at a location and time that is convenient for you. Your counselor will review each step in the adoption process so that you know how adoption works and what to expect. She will ask about your specific situation and help you understand your rights and how adoption works in Illinois. Illinois adoption law protects birth parents in certain ways – call 1-800-676-2779 to find out how. 3. Mapping out your own individual adoption plan… When you are ready, your counselor can help you create your own adoption plan. Adoptions can range from “open” to “closed” and everything in between. Contact with the adoptive family you choose and your child can range from in-person meetings, the exchange of pictures and letters, or no contact at all. This is how adoption works the Adoption Center of Illinois and Family Resource Center. We can help you think about what kind of contact and relationship you want to have with your child’s adoptive family. 4. Selecting the adoptive parents for your child… At the Adoption Center of Illinois, it is your right to choose your child’s adoptive family. You can look through albums of waiting adoptive families and if you want, your counselor can arrange for one or more meetings between you and the adoptive parents you choose. Your adoption counselor will also assist you in exploring adoption options and your wishes regarding post-adoption communication. FRC will respect your decision whether or not you decide to select, meet, or stay in touch with your child’s adoptive family.