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

We are committed to a contemporary, innovative and compassionate approach to adoption. The people who come to us for help with adoption have the right to question absolutely everything. We believe that every question deserves an answer.


It all 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, adults who were adopted as children, adoptive parents, and community members interested in the field of adoption. 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 rather than being told what to do, and that birth parents 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. It was out of these innovative ideas that Family Resource Center was founded in the summer of 1988, opened its first office in the Uptown Bank Building in Chicago, and started providing adoption services throughout Illinois.

By creating an oasis of understanding and providing a safe environment that engendered trust, FRC built a reputation for being welcoming, responsive and accessible. Its volunteer board of directors continued to include birth parents, adoptive parents and people whose lives had 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. Today, the agency continues to embrace its founding belief that 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.