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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: .. To request service from MAC,.. click here.. Did we contact you as part of a birth relative search?.. Click here.. for more information.. Already a MAC client?.. for more information about the steps in the process.. for a complete description of.. IDCFS Closed File Information and Search Service.. Illinois Law Has Changed.. Adopted adults can request their original birth certificates.. To find out more about how MAC can help you, call us toll-free at 800-526-9022.. How MAC can help you.. Midwest Adoption Center is dedicated to providing  ...   information.. about a placement that happened years ago, want to locate a birth relative or are trying.. to find a counselor who is sensitive to adoption related issues, MAC may be able to help.. MAC services and programs are described on this website.. But talking with one of our.. staff about your situation is the best way to know if we will be able to help.. We welcome your phone call or email inquiry.. Si gustan información en Español, favor de llamar al.. 888-96ADOPT.. (888-962-3678).. Home.. Site map.. Webmaster..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: Request service through the DCFS Closed File Information and Search program.. Requests for service through the DCFS Closed File Information and Search Service must be made on forms you can obtain from Midwest Adoption Center.. Your signature on the completed form must be notarized before you return the form to MAC..  ...   requesting service.. 1.. To download forms from this web site,.. 2.. To ask MAC to e-mail the forms to you,.. 3.. To ask MAC to send forms to you by regular mail,.. 4.. If you would like to schedule a phone call with a MAC staff person to talk about this service,..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: Frequently asked questions.. for more information about the steps in the process.. Information for people contacted in birth relative searches.. Midwest Adoption Center is a not-for-profit social service agency responsible for two different programs that help individuals locate relatives from whom they were separated by foster care or adoption.. Both of these programs are provided by our agency on behalf of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.. It is understandable if you are surprised to receive such a letter or are concerned that our agency is legitimate and reputable.. We hope that the detailed information on the program websites will help you understand how both programs work and reassure you..  ...   agency.. so that we can explain more about why we contacted you.. Please be assured that you will not be pressured into any kind of connection or contact that you do not want to have.. We hope to have the opportunity to speak with you.. Our agency uses different letterheads depending on the reason we are contacting you.. For more information, click on the letterhead name used on the letter you received.. Closed File Information and Search Service.. Confidential Intermediary Services of Illinois.. Midwest Center.. People who are contacted by our agency usually have many questions.. to see answers to some of the questions that others who have been contacted have asked..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: How MAC provides service in the DCFS Closed File Information and Search program.. Midwest Adoption Center is the agency that provides closed file information and search service on behalf of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.. While the circumstances of each request and each client’s needs are unique, a system has been developed to ensure that the best possible service is given in each case.. This summary may be help you understand what is happening in your case at various points in the process.. However, if you are concerned about the progress of your request or have questions about the service you are receiving, please.. call your MAC caseworker.. If you do not yet have a MAC caseworker or do not have her name, please call 847-298-9096, ext 29.. What you will find in this section:.. What happens after you send us your written Service Request form?.. Finding the files we need to provide service.. Evaluating the file for assignment.. Case assignment.. Service Provision.. Closed File Information.. Search Service.. What happens when the person has been located?.. What happens after I submit a Service Request to Midwest Adoption Center?.. Within 5 – 7 business days, a letter acknowledging that a service request has been received is sent.. MAC then begins the process of determining whether you are eligible for service through this program and identifying and obtaining the DCFS files needed to provide service.. We keep a record of all actions we take in our electronic client database.. In some situations, we will attempt to contact you by phone:.. If information is missing from form or is unclear.. If you have not properly signed the form.. If you did not have your signature notarized.. Sometimes it is clear that we cannot provide service to you through this program.. In these instances, we contact you – usually by phone – and if possible refer you to another resource.. Some of the most frequent situations in which we have to do that are:.. The placement before about 1960 (DCFS was not formed until 1964).. It appears that adoption was through another agency, not DCFS, or was a non-agency placement.. You include information that indicates placement was through a different agency.. You are asking for a specific service or piece of information that we cannot provide.. In order to provide service, we must be able to identify and obtain certain closed DCFS files.. Which files are needed depends on the kind of service you are requesting.. For example:.. If you are an adopted adult or adoptive parent of a minor child asking for the ‘non-identifying information’, we must attempt to find the adoptee’s file, the file established for the birth parents, any files concerning siblings, grandparents or other immediate family members.. According to Illinois adoption law, you must be given all medical information about the birth family found in any file that is available.. If you are a birth parent or other relative asking for search service to locate a child who was adopted, we try to find the adopted child’s file and files containing information about the adoptive family.. If you were a ward of DCFS asking for your own file, we first try to find your closed file.. Sometimes the information about you was never separated from the file established for your family.. In that case, we try to find family or sibling files and see if they contain your information.. The file retrieval process begins with the DCFS electronic data system that shows basic information about most individuals and families who have been served by the Department.. Using that information, along with the database of DCFS files in storage and an assortment of other file related resources, we work to identify all of the files that might contain information we need to serve you.. Because of the greatly improved file storage system now in place, we are often able to identify and order the needed files within several weeks.. In other cases, files are more difficult to find as they may be at POS agencies or DCFS field offices.. The most difficult cases for which to find files are those in which the client has little information to give us, such as an adult adopted person who does not know his birth name or birth mother’s name.. In some cases, all of these steps will be needed to find the files, in other cases only some of them.. All actions are noted in your electronic case file.. All possible names that you gave us pertaining to yourself and your family are checked in CYCIS, the DCFS computer information system.. If nothing is found on CYCIS, old microfiche must be checked.. Check all available names on the list of closed files stored in Rantoul, the DCFS central file storage facility.. In some cases, information available to us will indicate that a private social service agency (a POS agency) will have provided service and will therefore have a case file we need to access.. Therefore, after the above steps are completed, if a POS agency was involved, a written request will be made to that agency giving  ...   if the information is medically complex.. You will also be given any photos and other keepsake items found in the file that were clearly intended for you.. Adoptive and Guardianship parents of minors:.. Basic information about the birth family is specified by the Illinois Adoption Act – such as physical description, nationality, education and medical and mental health information that impacts your adopted child.. In addition, DCFS policy is that you receive information about why the child came into care and a summary of placements prior to permanency.. Federal regulations require that Guardianship parents be given the same service as adoptive parents.. Photos and other keepsake items found in the file that are clearly intended to be given to your adopted child are also provided.. Birth parents:.. Birth parents are entitled to certain kinds of information from their own closed DCFS file pertaining to service provided by the Department.. No information about the child or any other person can be given.. When the packet of closed file information is completed, the worker carefully reviews it and then sends a draft to the supervisor for review.. Corrections and changes are made as indicated and then the draft reviewed again.. In complex cases, this review process may occur several times.. While extracting information to be provided to you, the worker also identifies information that would be useful in a search if you decide to request a search for a relative.. Such information is placed on the Data Collection Form for use in the 'search' process.. If you are a birth parent, adopted person over 21 years of age or the adoptive parent of a minor and are requesting search service, you must file with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.. By law, we cannot begin the search until you have given us a copy of the letter verifying that you have filed.. We will send you the Registry forms and provide any assistance you need to file.. Along with the file information packet, a ‘search confirmation form’ is sent to you.. This is your opportunity to request a search for a particular birth relative and to indicate that you are ready to proceed with the search process.. No search is begun until you have returned that form to your worker.. If you are a birth parent or other client who has not requested or is not entitled to information from closed files, the search confirmation form is sent to you when the assigned worker opens the case.. Your caseworker uses a wide variety of information resources including commercial databases, other internet resources, obituaries, vital records, etc.. in order to attempt to identify and locate the person you are hoping to find.. A basic search protocol has been developed to serve as a guide to the worker in difficult searches.. All caseworkers receive on-going training in search techniques and meet regularly with the supervisor and other staff to collaborate on search efforts.. In addition, a genealogist/search specialist is on staff to assist caseworkers in searches.. All search efforts and results are noted in the database.. You will be informed as to the progress of the search at least every two months, either by phone or letter.. While some sought after relatives are located in a few weeks, other difficult searches may take many months and in some cases the person is never located.. Once the sought after relative has been located, the worker must contact him, either by letter or phone to:.. Explain the reason for the outreach.. Explain his options.. Arrange for exchange of information, letters or names and addresses.. Provide support.. Assure him of his confidentiality and privacy.. The worker will, by phone and/or letter, inform the found relative of the reason for the outreach and explain his options through the program.. At all times, the privacy and confidentiality of both you and the person we located will be protected.. Your caseworker will notify you as soon as she has located the person with whom you want a connection.. During this process, your worker will provide support and information to both you and your relative as you come to a decision about how to proceed.. Both you and your relative can utilize supportive counseling via phone calls with the MAC caseworker.. It is not the function of this program, however, to provide in-depth counseling during this process.. Once a decision has been made, various consent forms are provided to both of you as necessary.. If you both want to have direct contact, your caseworker will send both of you forms to complete confirming that you want your information given to each other.. Your worker cannot release identifying information until the forms have been signed.. If you do not wish to reveal your identities to each other, but want to stay in contact, search service will be considered to have been completed and the case will be transferred to another worker for on-going anonymous contact facilitation service.. Letters will be sent to both of your to confirm the ending agreements or arrangements.. If no agreement has been reached, closing letters will explain the options for future agreements..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: Illinois DCFS Closed File Information and Search Service.. Illinois Department of Children and Family Service provides service to individuals seeking information from closed IDCFS files and/or search service.. The Department has contracted with MIDWEST ADOPTION CENTER to deliver this program.. There is no fee for this service.. Who may use this program?.. What happens after the client submits a Service Request to Midwest Adoption Center?.. What closed file information is given to the client?.. What is included in 'search service'?.. Examples of services we can provide and some that we cannot.. Private agency files held by DCFS.. If the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was involved in the completion of the adoption or in the provision of foster care, there may be records within the DCFS system.. The following individuals may request information from closed files and/or search service:.. Adopted person, 18 years of age or older.. Adoptive parent(s) of a child who is under the age of 21.. Guardian(s) of a child who is under the age of 18.. Person who was a ward of DCFS but never adopted (in foster care or institutional care).. Person who was in foster care or institutional care through DCFS but never a ward.. Professionals providing service to an individual party to an adoption completed through DCFS or who was under the guardianship of DCFS but never adopted.. Birth parent(s) of a child who was placed in adoption or guardianship through DCFS.. The following individuals may request search service.. Birth sibling of a person who was placed in adoption or guardianship through DCFS.. Other birth relative of a person who was placed in adoption or guardianship through DCFS.. Caregiver or caseworker of a current ward of DCFS.. Within 5 – 7 business days, a letter acknowledging that a service request has been received is sent to the client.. Midwest Adoption Center (MAC) then begins the process of determining whether the client is eligible for service through this program and identifying and obtaining the DCFS files needed to provide service.. When the necessary files have been located and obtained, the client receives a letter indicating that the case will be assigned to a MAC caseworker.. If, after all resources are utilized, files necessary to provide service are not found, the client receives a letter explaining the situation and offering alternative referrals if possible.. These clients receive a copy of their own file if it is found, with information about other individuals removed.. If a client's own file is not found but the ‘family file’ is found, information from that file that is specifically about the client will be provided.. Individuals who were never wards but were in foster or institutional care through DCFS:.. Illinois law specifies the information that must be provided, upon request, to adult adopted persons.. Photos and other keepsake items found in the file that belong to the adopted person are also provided..  ...   and is having a lot of problems.. I need to know more about the birth family.. My child was adopted.. The new parents said they would let me know how she’s doing but I haven’t heard from them for years and they’ve moved.. My foster or adopted child is 13 and keeps asking about his brother.. They were in a foster home together and I think he was adopted.. Is there any way that I can find out where he is and maybe contact him?.. I took care of my grandson until he was 5 and then he was taken by DCFS.. We all want to find him now that he’s an adult.. I was adopted when I was 4.. I don’t know whether DCFS was involved.. I want to find my birthmother.. I am having health problems and want my medical history.. I was in foster care or was adopted.. I am a social worker/therapist/physician and am trying to obtain information concerning my client/patient in order to provide treatment.. I was in an orphanage downstate in 1938.. I was told the state has my file.. DCFS does hold some records of a few orphanages or children’s homes dating back to the 1930’s.. I am an adopted person, birth parent or adoptive parent and am trying to find a counselor or therapist.. What kinds of requests come to MAC that we cannot serve and must refer on to another resource?.. I need to get a copy of my original birth certificate.. I was in foster care in DCFS.. MAC cannot give copies of vital records documents.. We can provide contact information to Department of Public Health.. My child was taken away by DCFS.. I want a copy of the report that was made about me.. MAC cannot give any file material to birth parents.. The State Central Register may be able to help.. I was a ward of DCFS and am trying to get financial aid for college.. I need proof that I was a ward.. MAC could give the client a copy of his own file, but what he probably needs is a letter/statement from DCFS verifying that he was a ward during a certain period of time.. Contact the DCFS Records Manager at 217-785-1467.. I am an attorney and have a court order or subpoena for a file of a person who was a ward.. MAC does not respond to any requests from attorneys or courts.. Referral to DCFS Legal Services.. I am an adoptee/adoptive parent / birth relative; the adoption was private or completed through a private agency, not DCFS.. Referral to the.. Confidential Intermediary program.. and/or to the private agency if known.. When a private adoption agency closes or stops providing adoption services, its adoption related files are sometimes turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.. for current information about files held by DCFS and services available..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: A change in Illinois law allows adult adoptees to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate.. Adopted persons over 21 years of age who were born in Illinois may now request a copy of their own original birth certificate.. If you are an adopted person, birth parent or family member of an adopted person or birth parent, it is important that you know how the new law affects you.. For more information about requesting your original birth certificate or about your options as a birth parent, please call the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange at 217-782-6553 or 877-323-5299 or on the IDPH website:.. http://www.. idph.. state.. il.. us/vitalrecords/vital/non_certified.. htm.. If you are an adult adopted person born in Illinois.. If you were adopted and were born in Illinois, you can request a copy of your original birth certificate.. Nothing will be changed or removed from the original certificate.. However, it is important to note that, in some cases, birth parent names and other information was not on the original certificate.. In addition, the law allows either of your birth parents to request that their first name, last name, and/or last known address be removed from the copy of your birth certificate before it is  ...   that time.. If you do not wish to have your identifying information included on the copy of the original birth certificate released to your birth son or daughter you can complete a Birth Parent Preference Form indicating your wishes.. If you complete and send in this form, none of your identifying information that you want to keep private will be released on the birth certificate as long as you are alive.. If you do not want to be contacted by your surrendered son or daughter, you can make your wishes known by signing up with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange and filing a Written Statement.. However, your birth child will still receive a copy of his birth certificate, including all of the information that was included at the time of his birth.. By signing up with the IARME, you can also share medical background information, pictures, written correspondence and/or an interest in contact.. If your birth son or daughter requests a copy of his or her original birth certificate after you have signed up with the Registry, he or she will be informed that you have sent in information for him.. If your birth child signs up with the Registry, the information you sent in will be given to him..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: Site Map.. About Us.. Agency overview.. DCFS Closed File Information and Search Service.. Confidential Intermediary Service of Illinois.. Support Counseling and Clinical Services.. About MAC staff.. Services for adopted persons.. Birth family information.. Birth relative search.. FAQs from adopted persons.. Services for adoptive and guardianship parents.. Information about child’s birth family.. Search for child’s birth  ...   a birth child.. Locating a child placed for adoption.. Help to know what program is best for you.. FAQs from birth family members.. Services for IDCFS wards who were not adopted.. Information from closed DCFS files.. Search service.. Services for current wards who want to connect.. FAQs from former wards.. Services to professionals.. Contact us..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: MAC provides information.. Midwest Adoption Center staff has had extensive experience with all aspects of adoption in Illinois.. Click on any of the topics below to see how we may be able to help.. We also welcome your.. phone call or e-mail.. How can an adopted person or adoptive parent get information about the birth family?.. General information about access to adoption records in Illinois.. General information about adoption search in Illinois..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: Connection/Search.. For people separated from their birth relatives by adoption or guardianship, the Illinois Department of Children and family services offers two programs that can search for birth family members and make possible connections.. Midwest Adoption Center is the agency that provides these services for IDCFS.. IDCFS Post-adoption Closed File Information and Search Program.. IDCFS can help adoptees, adoptive parents and birth family members seeking information from closed files and/or search service.. The Department has contracted with Midwest Adoption Center to provide this service for adoptions handled through any DCFS office throughout the state.. Individuals requesting closed file information will receive, in writing, all of the information found in the available DCFS files that is specified by law to be provided.. Adoptees and or adoptive parents may request a search for a biological relative through this program.. If that relative is not located, is found to be deceased, or declines to respond, a search for another relative may be initiated.. Birth parents may request a search for each child placed.. If the child is a minor, contact will be made with the adoptive parent(s) who will make the decision regarding any communication or contact.. If the adopted person is an adult, contact will be made directly with him/her and the consent of  ...   through this program.. Any adult adopted person, adoptive parent of a minor and birth parent touched by an adoption that was legally completed in Illinois can request the court appoint a Confidential Intermediary to conduct a search for a biological relative.. Certain other relatives may also use this program but they must explain to the Court the reason the search is being requested.. DCFS has contracted with Midwest Adoption Center to deliver this program.. CIs are employees of MAC who are specifically trained and then are certified by DCFS to provide this service.. When appointed by the court, the CI will attempt to locate the sought after individual, explain who is making the outreach and what options are available, and facilitate exchange of information.. The confidentiality of all parties is protected and no identifying information is released without written consent.. There is a fee for service through this program.. Click here to go to.. CI website.. General Information and Referral – Access to Adoption Records and Search Services.. MAC provides general information and referral to adopted persons, adoptive parents and birth families regarding access to adoption records, adoption search and connection.. Midwest staff will respond to each caller on an individual basis in order to determine the best resources available.. To contact us,..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: Support for MAC clients.. Midwest Adoption Center offers a variety of support and counseling services.. Our goal is to provide you with accurate information, excellent service and support throughout the process.. Whether you are calling for the first time, waiting for your closed file information, searching for a birth relative, or have been on behalf of a relative who wants a connection, we want you to know that we strive to help you feel understood and supported.. to read bout MAC staff members and the support they offer you.. Clinical  ...   The Center offers individual, couples and family counseling.. Our trained therapists work with children, adolescents and their families.. Birth parent counseling is also available.. We recognize that adoption is not a problem but it is complicated.. Because this complexity can sometimes feel overwhelming, MAC offers individual and family consultations.. Our consultative services help you find answers to complicated questions and aid in decision-making within an educational format.. Many of the clinical services are covered by insurance.. For more information about how you may benefit from counseling or consultation, please.. contact us..

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  • Title: Midwest Adoption Center
    Descriptive info: Download a Service Request Form.. You can use the links on this page to select and print the form for requesting service under the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Closed File Information and Search Service.. After you have printed the form and filled it in you MUST have your signature witnessed by a Notary Public before you send your completed form to MAC.. A notary can be found in many banks or currency exchanges.. The usual fee is $1.. 00.. If  ...   so that other arrangements can be made.. If you are an agency professional or other person requesting service for someone else,.. the correct request form.. If you are a current ward of IDCFS or acting for someone who is a current ward,.. for the correct request form.. If you are an adoptee, a birth parent, a birth relative, an adoptive parent of a minor child, a former ward of IDCFS (never adopted), or guardian of a DCFS ward,.. for the correct service request form..

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