Birth Parent FAQs

Will it cost me anything?

No – There is never any cost to meet with a counselor, or to create an adoption plan for your child.

Can I choose and meet the prospective adoptive family before I decide?

You can choose and meet the adoptive family who will raise your child. Every family that ACI works with goes through an extensive screening process and is mandated to take educational courses. You will be able to view their profile, which includes a biography, photos and additional information about their plans, hopes and dreams.

Can I stay in touch with my child after placement?

Your ACI counselor will help you and the adoptive family build a healthy, positive relationship that feels right for both of you.  ACI will always be there to support you as you navigate your post adoption journey with your child and the adoptive family.

What if I do not want to have any contact with the adoptive family?

This is your decision. Please know that you can always decide in the future to open up communication and reach out to the adoptive family and your child.

What about the birth father?

While it is always better for the birth father to be involved, we understand that this isn’t always possible. The father does have certain legal rights, and your counselor can talk with you about all the options available.

When is the adoption final? Can I change my mind?

You can change your mind up until you sign the final adoption papers. According to Illinois law, the earliest this legal document can be signed is 72 hours after the birth of your baby. Once this legal document is signed it is legally binding and irrevocable.

If I make an adoption plan, will my child go into the system?

Adoption is not the same as foster care, and it does not involve the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). In adoption, you are voluntarily transferring your parental rights to the adoptive family.

Can my baby go directly to the adoptive parents from the hospital?

Yes, if that is what you request and the adoptive parents agree.

Can I make a short term adoption plan?

No, adoption is permanent. You can, however, place your child in temporary care while you consider making a permanent adoption plan. Temporary care is usually available for several days to several weeks, and the child is placed in the home of one of our loving, licensed families.

Can I place a child who is already born?

It is never too late to explore adoption. Whether you have just given birth, or have an older child, we are here to help you understand and consider adoption.

Do I need my parents permission if I am under 18?

No, the decision to place your baby for adoption is completely up to you. But family support can be very helpful, and if you would like to include them in the process, we can help you find the best way to tell them about your decision.

Are you a not-for-profit agency?

Yes. Adoption Center of Illinois is a licensed, not-for-profit charitable organization. We do not have any religious or political affiliation, and are fully committed to helping children find permanent loving families.