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Children + Families

Adoption Services 

uniting children with loving families  

Children’s Home + Aid has provided adoption services to children and families since 1883. Last year alone, nearly 300 children and families were affected by our adoption preservation services. More than 100 children annually are adopted through Children’s Home + Aid programs. 

Waiting Children

There are many children waiting for permanent homes with loving mothers and fathers to care for them. Some are under the protection of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and range in age from infant to 18 years. Some of these children need special medical care or have developmental, emotional, or physical needs. There are brothers and sisters who need to stay together.

The experienced Children’s Home + Aid adoption case workers carefully match prospective parents with children based on the individual needs of the child and the parent’s capabilities. These professionals serve to guide and support parents through the entire adoption process and beyond.

Adoption Services* are offered in the CentralMetropolitan Chicago, Northern, and Southern Regions.

For more information on our adoption programs, select from the links below.

*Children's Home + Aid offers adoption services in the following Illinois counties:
Metropolitan Chicago Region: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, eastern McHenry, southern Lake, northern Will
Central Region: DeWitt, Livingston, McLean
Northern Region: Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry (west of Rt. 47), Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago
Southern Region: Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington

Please note: Only families who live in Illinois are eligible for placement on the waiting list for the Domestic Infant program.

Read The Journey - A Newsletter for Adoptive Parents "The 'Re-Homing' of Adpted Children" (Fall/Winter 2013/14)

How Are the Internet and Social Media Changing Adoption?
The Donaldson Adoption Institute is launching a new study seeking relevant information through a private survey from adopted persons, adoptive parents, birth/first parents and adoption professionals to help answer that question. This research follows up on the Institute's 2012 report Untangling the Web.

Adoption Tax Credit Made Permanent: The bill to avert the fiscal cliff, which was signed on January 2, 2013 made the adoption tax credit permanent, extending the credit as it was in the 2001 Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act.

Children’s Home + Aid recognizes, respects, promotes and celebrates the value of cultural diversity and will ensure that each client’s ethnic or cultural customs, practices, and beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, and/or community differences will be respected by agency staff.

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