Adoptive Parent FAQs

How do I get started?

We encourage all families to attend one of our monthly Program Introduction Meetings. Alternatively, in-person or phone consultations can be scheduled with an ACI staff member by calling 773-334-2300

The first step for all programs is submitting an Application which can be found on our Documents page along with the Phase I fee.

How long does the adoption process take?

The time frame in which it takes to complete an adoption depends on several variables. The type of adoption you are pursuing and your adoption expectations are two of the biggest factors. For domestic adoption, birth parents are the ones selecting the family with whom they place their child, making the wait time difficult to predict.

Where can I find information on your fees?

Our Adoption Programs Overview and Fee Structure can be found on the Documents page

Do you have an age requirement for applicants?

Applicants must be 21 years of age for all programs. For international adoption, countries may have specific age requirements. Please visit the State Department website for country-specific information.

I’m not sure what type of adoption is right for me, where do I start?

A member of our staff would be happy to meet with you for a consultation to help you better your options and answer any questions you have. Please call 773.334.2300 to schedule a consultation today.

I’ve heard adoption can be really expensive, can I afford to adopt?

Our full Fee Schedule can be found on the Documents page of our website. Please note, fees vary depending on the adoption program you are considering. There are many financial resources available to help fund your adoption. A list of resources can be found here.

Can I adopt if I have a medical condition?

We assess prospective adoptive parents on an individual basis and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, faith, mental or physical disability, marital status, length of marriage, size or composition of existing family, participation in infertility treatment, or any other factors protected by law.