Illinois Adoption Registry Statistics

Last updated 7/2018

NOTE: IDPH estimates there are about 400,000 Illinois birth records that have been amended based on an adoption proceeding and the adopted person is now 21 years of age or older. These records would now reflect the adopted name and parents.

Total number of registrants
18,916
Total number of matches
1,493
   
Registrants by category to the Illinois Registry and Medical Information Exchange program between 1985 and 6/2017 wishing to exchange contact and/or medical information.  
Adoptees
11,932
Birth Mothers
4,467
Birth Fathers
711
Siblings
489
Adoptive Parents
660
Adult Children of Deceased Adoptee
565
Spouses of Deceased Adoptee
13
Birth Aunts
48
Birth Uncles
15
Adult Grandchild of Deceased Adoptee
14
Parent(s)s of Deceased Birth Parent
2
Since the enactment of PA 96-0895 in May 2010, the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued the following non-certified original birth records to adopted persons or their surviving relatives:
Original birth records issued as filed
16,794
Original birth records issued with identifying information removed
95
Original birth records not located / No record statements issued
320
   
The same law provided for a birth parent preference packet to be completed allowing birth parents to select their preferences. The following are updated statistics:
Birth parents who agreed to release the complete original birth record
721
Birth parents who requested identifying information be removed before release
481
Birth parents who filed medical questionnaires to be released
964
   
Since the effective date of PA 98-0704, January 1, 2015, the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued the following non-certified original birth records to birth parents:
Birth parent requesting record is listed on original birth certificate – Records issued
237
Birth parent requesting record is not listed on original birth certificate – No record statements issued
3