Domestic Adoption In Illinois

Every adoption looks different. An adoption can be open, semi-open, closed or somewhere in between. The birth parent(s) decide how much, if at all, they would like to stay in contact with their child throughout their life, and together you can come up with a plan. While some birth parents may choose a closed adoption, we ask that all adoptive parents are comfortable with at least a semi-open adoption.

Open Adoption

An open adoption relationship can include pre-arranged visits from your child's birth family throughout your child's life, regular phone, email and social media correspondence, or even things like them attending your child's sports games or music performances. This is not co-parenting, but rather a way for the birth parent(s) to maintain a healthy relationship with their child.

Semi-Open Adoption

In a semi-open adoption, you will send regular updates, through email, text or photos, to the birth parents throughout your child's life. You and your child's birth parents can decide what this will look like, the frequency of updates and what type of information the birth parents will share in return, if any.



Closed Adoption

In a closed adoption, you have very little to no contact with your child's birth family after placement. Some birth parents feel that this option is easier for them emotionally. But because we ask all of our adoptive families to at least be open to a semi-open adoption, this relationship could change over time.



Why Choose Holt-Sunny Ridge?

We have a legacy of serving children that began in 1926. Read about our history here.

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Because we are a smaller agency, we are able to take a caring and personalized approach with each family we serve. We want to get to know you and your family throughout your adoption journey.

 

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One of our top priorities is providing support and resources with the utmost sensitivity to the birth mothers who request our services. We strive to ensure that each birth mother is well cared for physically and emotionally throughout her adoption journey.

 

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Our service to you doesn’t end once your adoption has been finalized. We offer adoption-competent therapy as an ongoing resource for adoptive parents and adoptees, as well as parent education workshops that help with the unique struggles of adoptive parenting.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Timeline

The following is a typical process for domestic adoption. At every step, we'll help guide you through every decision and prepare you for what to expect.

  • Attend Information Session

    Potential adoptive parents learn about adoption and the options for their family before submitting a formal application.

  • Intake & Training

    After acceptance into the program, families complete 13+ hours of adoption training.

  • Homestudy Process

    The family submits a medical evaluation and their social worker conducts interviews, background checks and a home inspection to complete their homestudy.

  • Create Family Profile

    Families create a profile book complete with bio and photos to be presented to the birth parent(s).

  • Connect with Birth Parent(s)

    If the birth parent(s) desire to meet a family and choose them to be their child's adoptive parents, they will come together and decide on the level of openness in their adoption relationship.

  • Labor & Delivery

    The birth parent(s) decide whether or not they would like the adoptive family present at the hospital.

  • Placement

    Seventy-two hours after the child is born, the birth parent(s) make a decision to sign the final and irrevocable surrender documents. During this time, the child can be cared for by the adoptive parents or by a temporary licensed foster family.

  • Post-Placement Visits

    The social worker will visit the adoptive family and their child at least five times to make sure that everything is going well. After six months, the adoption is finalized by the court.

  • Lifelong Communication

    The birth family, adoptive family and child can continue a relationship throughout the child's life, as mutually agreed upon. Holt-Sunny Ridge offers ongoing support and counseling to the birth parent(s), adoptive family and adoptee throughout their life.

Timeline

The following is a typical process for domestic adoption. At every step, we'll help guide you through every decision and prepare you for what to expect.

  • Attend Information Session

    Potential adoptive parents learn about adoption and the options for their family before submitting a formal application.

  • Intake & Training

    After acceptance into the program, families complete 13+ hours of adoption training.

  • Homestudy Process

    The family submits a medical evaluation and their social worker conducts interviews, background checks and a home inspection to complete their homestudy.

  • Create Family Profile

    Families create a profile book complete with bio and photos to be presented to the birth parent(s).

  • Connect with Birth Parent(s)

    If the birth parent(s) desire to meet a family and choose them to be their child's adoptive parents, they will come together and decide on the level of openness in their adoption relationship.

  • Labor & Delivery

    The birth parent(s) decide whether or not they would like the adoptive family present at the hospital.

  • Placement

    Seventy-two hours after the child is born, the birth parent(s) make a decision to sign the final and irrevocable surrender documents. During this time, the child can be cared for by the adoptive parents or by a temporary licensed foster family.

  • Post-Placement Visits

    The social worker will visit the adoptive family and their child at least five times to make sure that everything is going well. After six months, the adoption is finalized by the court.

  • Lifelong Communication

    The birth family, adoptive family and child can continue a relationship throughout the child's life, as mutually agreed upon. Holt-Sunny Ridge offers ongoing support and counseling to the birth parent(s), adoptive family and adoptee throughout their life.

Interstate Adoption

Holt-Sunny Ridge is the state-wide expert on interstate adoption, which can be a faster domestic adoption option for some families as a birth mother from any U.S. state could choose you as the family for her child. Please contact Nancy if you would like to learn more about this option. You can also explore the interstate adoption fees and eligibility.

Your Family Profile Book

One of the first steps in your adoption process will be creating your family profile book. Both the hardcopy and online versions will be given to birth parents to help them choose an adoptive family for their child. Your social worker will walk you through this process. Learn more here, or see the profiles of other Holt-Sunny Ridge families.

Holt-Sunny Ridge Family Stories


Hear from adoptive families who have adopted through Holt-Sunny Ridge.

Start Your Adoption Journey

Whether you are still gathering information or feel ready to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our program or get started.

Questions?

If you have questions about domestic adoption and beginning the domestic adoption process at Holt-Sunny Ridge, please don't hesitate to contact us! Contact our domestic adoption director, Nancy Crouch, at 630-754-4526 or nancyc@holtsunnyridge.org.

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  • Serving women in:
  •      Chicagoland,
  •      Northern Illinois,
  •      Central Illinois,
  •      & Southern Illinois