Our Mission

Helping children through adoption.

We do this by:

  • Finding permanent, loving adoptive families for children, regardless of the background or health of the child.
  • Safeguarding the best interests and welfare of children placed in our care.
  • Advancing the practice and understanding of adoption.

Our Philosophy

Our agency is committed to a contemporary, innovative and compassionate approach to adoption. Above all, those that come to us for help with adoption have the right to question absolutely everything. We believe that every question deserves an answer.


Family Resource Center began in the mid ‘80s with a group of people whose lives were touched by adoption. Men and women who had placed children for adoption, adult adoptees, adoptive parents, and community members interested in the field of adoption, all helped to shape FRC. Together they shared a common interest in an approach to adoption that differed from the current practices. Embracing the belief that people are capable of making informed decisions for themselves. Above all, those who are considering adoption have the right to take an active role in choosing the family that would adopt their child. They set out to create a new kind of agency. Subsequently, FRC was founded in the summer of 1988. We opened our first office in the Uptown Bank Building in Chicago and started providing adoption services throughout Illinois.

We strive to create an oasis of understanding and provide a safe environment that engenders trust. FRC has built a reputation for being welcoming, responsive and accessible. As a result, our volunteer board of directors continues to include birth parents, adoptive parents and people whose lives have been touched by adoption.

In 2013, in conjunction with its 25th anniversary, FRC began operating under the name Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center (ACI). Today, the agency continues to embrace its founding belief. People can, and should, make informed decisions for themselves. What’s more, Adoption Center of Illinois continues to evolve the conversation about adoption and its meaning in people’s lives.