Supportive Resources

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

  **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.

Therapists

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Illinois:

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

ACI’s Buddy Program

Navigating through the adoption process can be very stressful or overwhelming at times. Being a parent can also be challenging – even for adoptive parents who went through a training process in preparation for parenting. Although parents or prospective adoptive parents may have supportive spouses, family members, and friends, they may wish to find support from someone who has been in their shoes and knows exactly what they are feeling.

ACI’s Buddy Program was created to provide ACI parents and prospective adoptive parents with individualized support from the ACI community. The ACI Buddy Program Coordinator, Lindsay Weinberg, will pair parents or prospective adoptive parents (“Participants”) with ACI alumni (“Buddies”) based on the needs expressed by Participants and the areas of experience identified by Buddies.

Interested? Please contact Lindsay Weinberg or 773-321-0308

PLEASE NOTE: Buddies are not experts or trained mentors and do not represent ACI in an official capacity. Rather, Buddies are peers who generously provide Participants with support and insight due to their shared experiences.