Supportive Resources

Adoption Center of Illinois strives to provide updated, comprehensive resources and supportive services for prospective adoptive families and adoptive families.

ACI’s Adoption Community Connection – An Online Community

ACI is proud to announce a new online community called Adoption Community Connection! Designed to build a safe space for adoptive families and waiting families to create connections with other families, find and share resources, and most importantly, to know you are not alone. Shared through a Google Drive, members will find various databases they can search through and add to. All members will be vetted by ACI staff to ensure the community remains a safe space for all.

Interested? Please email Molly Berger ( or call 773-321-0329 to join.


  **ACI does not endorse or vouch for any particular organization or resource**

Fact Sheets and Articles

Supportive Service Providers

Neuropsychological Evaluations
Special Education/School Advocacy
Support Groups

Illinois Support Groups

Catholic Charities wants to introduce your family to our NEW monthly adoption support groups. Each month will be a scheduled topic either at our South Side office or in the community for field trip learning. Permission slips/Advanced RSVPs will be required. These groups are FREE to our all adoptive families in Cook County! While some of the groups are held at a church, this is not a religious-based group and a diverse group of families attend. Call Zaya Gillogly at 773-372-8109 for a schedule!


Online or National Support Groups

The mission of the Trans-racial Adoption Perspectives (“TAP”) group is to support all those involved in trans-racial adoption, through the facilitation of group discussions. Members include adult trans-racial adoptees, first/birth parents, trans-racially adoptive parents, all members of families connected to trans-racial adoption, and allies of all races, and adoption professionals.




DCFS Adoption Preservation Services (FREE!) -Supportive resources for ALL Illinois families who have an adopted child who is under the age of 18.

DCFS Cook County Regions

  1. Catholic Charities (Chicago, Cook) 312-655-8357
  2. Metropolitan Family Services (Chicago, Cook) 773-884-2211
  3. Jewish Children and Family Services (Some of Cook, Will* & Kankakee) 312-673-2711
  4. Healthy Families (Chicago) 773-257-0111

**Families in Cook County can contact either agency for service

DCFS Northern Region

  1. Children’s Home & Aid Society-Rockford 815-720-2111: Serves Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago & Whiteside counties
  2. Metropolitan Family Services-Wheaton 630-784-4800: Serves DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry & Will* counties

DCFS Central Region

  1. Cornerstone-Quincy 217-222-8254: Serves Adams, Brown, Cass, Northern Calhoun*, Greene, Hancock, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler and Scott counties
  2. Lutheran Social Services-Peoria, Galesburg, Rock Island 309-671-0300: Serves Bureau, Fulton, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford counties
  3. The Baby Fold-Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield 309-557-1066: Serves Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Edgar, Douglas, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin*, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Shelby and Vermilion counties

DCFS Southern Region

  1. Children’s Home & Aid Society-Granite City 618-452-8900: (Serves Bond, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin*, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, S. Calhoun*, St. Clair and Washington counties)
  2. Children’s Home & Aid Society-Herrin 618-988-1330: (Serves Alexander, Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Richland, Saline, Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson counties)

*Families in this county are served by two agencies, according to address. Call to be referred to the appropriate agency

Training Resources and Webinars

Webinars/Training Resources

**Please note that we strongly recommend that prospective adoptive parents and parents attend as many in-person trainings as possible.

Additional Resources