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FAMILIES
(750 ILCS 50/) Adoption Act.

750 ILCS 50/0.01

    (750 ILCS 50/0.01) (from Ch. 40, par. 1500)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Adoption Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

750 ILCS 50/1

    (750 ILCS 50/1) (from Ch. 40, par. 1501)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-804)
    Sec. 1. Definitions. When used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
    A. "Child" means a person under legal age subject to adoption under this Act.
    B. "Related child" means a child subject to adoption where either or both of the adopting parents stands in any of the following relationships to the child by blood or marriage: parent, grand-parent, brother, sister, step-parent, step-grandparent, step-brother, step-sister, uncle, aunt, great-uncle, great-aunt, or cousin of first degree. A child whose parent has executed a final irrevocable consent to adoption or a final irrevocable surrender for purposes of adoption, or whose parent has had his or her parental rights terminated, is not a related child to that person, unless the consent is determined to be void or is void pursuant to subsection O of Section 10.
    C. "Agency" for the purpose of this Act means a public child welfare agency or a licensed child welfare agency.
    D. "Unfit person" means any person whom the court shall find to be unfit to have a child, without regard to the likelihood that the child will be placed for adoption. The grounds of unfitness are any one or more of the following, except that a person shall not be considered an unfit person for the sole reason that the person has relinquished a child in accordance with the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act:
        (a) Abandonment of the child.
        (a-1) Abandonment of a newborn infant in a hospital.
        (a-2) Abandonment of a newborn infant in any setting
    
where the evidence suggests that the parent intended to relinquish his or her parental rights.
        (b) Failure to maintain a reasonable degree of
    
interest, concern or responsibility as to the child's welfare.
        (c) Desertion of the child for more than 3 months
    
next preceding the commencement of the Adoption proceeding.
        (d) Substantial neglect of the child if continuous or
    
repeated.
        (d-1) Substantial neglect, if continuous or repeated,
    
of any child residing in the household which resulted in the death of that child.
        (e) Extreme or repeated cruelty to the child.
        (f) There is a rebuttable presumption, which can be
    
overcome only by clear and convincing evidence, that a parent is unfit if:
            (1) Two or more findings of physical abuse have
        
been entered regarding any children under Section 2-21 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the most recent of which was determined by the juvenile court hearing the matter to be supported by clear and convincing evidence; or
            (2) The parent has been convicted or found not
        
guilty by reason of insanity and the conviction or finding resulted from the death of any child by physical abuse; or
            (3) There is a finding of physical child abuse
        
resulting from the death of any child under Section 2-21 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
            No conviction or finding of delinquency pursuant
        
to Article V of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 shall be considered a criminal conviction for the purpose of applying any presumption under this item (f).
        (g) Failure to protect the child from conditions
    
within his environment injurious to the child's welfare.
        (h) Other neglect of, or misconduct toward the child;
    
provided that in making a finding of unfitness the court hearing the adoption proceeding shall not be bound by any previous finding, order or judgment affecting or determining the rights of the parents toward the child sought to be adopted in any other proceeding except such proceedings terminating parental rights as shall be had under either this Act, the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
        (i) Depravity. Conviction of any one of the
    
following crimes shall create a presumption that a parent is depraved which can be overcome only by clear and convincing evidence: (1) first degree murder in violation of paragraph 1 or 2 of subsection (a) of Section 9-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 or conviction of second degree murder in violation of subsection (a) of Section 9-2 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 of a parent of the child to be adopted; (2) first degree murder or second degree murder of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; (3) attempt or conspiracy to commit first degree murder or second degree murder of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; (4) solicitation to commit murder of any child, solicitation to commit murder of any child for hire, or solicitation to commit second degree murder of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; (5) predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in violation of Section 11-1.40 or 12-14.1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; (6) heinous battery of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961; or (7) aggravated battery of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012.
        There is a rebuttable presumption that a parent is
    
depraved if the parent has been criminally convicted of at least 3 felonies under the laws of this State or any other state, or under federal law, or the criminal laws of any United States territory; and at least one of these convictions took place within 5 years of the filing of the petition or motion seeking termination of parental rights.
        There is a rebuttable presumption that a parent is
    
depraved if that parent has been criminally convicted of either first or second degree murder of any person as defined in the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 within 10 years of the filing date of the petition or motion to terminate parental rights.
        No conviction or finding of delinquency pursuant to
    
Article 5 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 shall be considered a criminal conviction for the purpose of applying any presumption under this item (i).
        (j) Open and notorious adultery or fornication.
        (j-1) (Blank).
        (k) Habitual drunkenness or addiction to drugs, other
    
than those prescribed by a physician, for at least one year immediately prior to the commencement of the unfitness proceeding.
        There is a rebuttable presumption that a parent is
    
unfit under this subsection with respect to any child to which that parent gives birth where there is a confirmed test result that at birth the child's blood, urine, or meconium contained any amount of a controlled substance as defined in subsection (f) of Section 102 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act or metabolites of such substances, the presence of which in the newborn infant was not the result of medical treatment administered to the mother or the newborn infant; and the biological mother of this child is the biological mother of at least one other child who was adjudicated a neglected minor under subsection (c) of Section 2-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
        (l) Failure to demonstrate a reasonable degree of
    
interest, concern or responsibility as to the welfare of a new born child during the first 30 days after its birth.
        (m) Failure by a parent (i) to make reasonable
    
efforts to correct the conditions that were the basis for the removal of the child from the parent during any 9-month period following the adjudication of neglected or abused minor under Section 2-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 or dependent minor under Section 2-4 of that Act, or (ii) to make reasonable progress toward the return of the child to the parent during any 9-month period following the adjudication of neglected or abused minor under Section 2-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 or dependent minor under Section 2-4 of that Act. If a service plan has been established as required under Section 8.2 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to correct the conditions that were the basis for the removal of the child from the parent and if those services were available, then, for purposes of this Act, "failure to make reasonable progress toward the return of the child to the parent" includes the parent's failure to substantially fulfill his or her obligations under the service plan and correct the conditions that brought the child into care during any 9-month period following the adjudication under Section 2-3 or 2-4 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Notwithstanding any other provision, when a petition or motion seeks to terminate parental rights on the basis of item (ii) of this subsection (m), the petitioner shall file with the court and serve on the parties a pleading that specifies the 9-month period or periods relied on. The pleading shall be filed and served on the parties no later than 3 weeks before the date set by the court for closure of discovery, and the allegations in the pleading shall be treated as incorporated into the petition or motion. Failure of a respondent to file a written denial of the allegations in the pleading shall not be treated as an admission that the allegations are true.
        (m-1) Pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, a
    
child has been in foster care for 15 months out of any 22 month period which begins on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1998 unless the child's parent can prove by a preponderance of the evidence that it is more likely than not that it will be in the best interests of the child to be returned to the parent within 6 months of the date on which a petition for termination of parental rights is filed under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. The 15 month time limit is tolled during any period for which there is a court finding that the appointed custodian or guardian failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify the child with his or her family, provided that (i) the finding of no reasonable efforts is made within 60 days of the period when reasonable efforts were not made or (ii) the parent filed a motion requesting a finding of no reasonable efforts within 60 days of the period when reasonable efforts were not made. For purposes of this subdivision (m-1), the date of entering foster care is the earlier of: (i) the date of a judicial finding at an adjudicatory hearing that the child is an abused, neglected, or dependent minor; or (ii) 60 days after the date on which the child is removed from his or her parent, guardian, or legal custodian.
        (n) Evidence of intent to forgo his or her parental
    
rights, whether or not the child is a ward of the court, (1) as manifested by his or her failure for a period of 12 months: (i) to visit the child, (ii) to communicate with the child or agency, although able to do so and not prevented from doing so by an agency or by court order, or (iii) to maintain contact with or plan for the future of the child, although physically able to do so, or (2) as manifested by the father's failure, where he and the mother of the child were unmarried to each other at the time of the child's birth, (i) to commence legal proceedings to establish his paternity under the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 or the law of the jurisdiction of the child's birth within 30 days of being informed, pursuant to Section 12a of this Act, that he is the father or the likely father of the child or, after being so informed where the child is not yet born, within 30 days of the child's birth, or (ii) to make a good faith effort to pay a reasonable amount of the expenses related to the birth of the child and to provide a reasonable amount for the financial support of the child, the court to consider in its determination all relevant circumstances, including the financial condition of both parents; provided that the ground for termination provided in this subparagraph (n)(2)(ii) shall only be available where the petition is brought by the mother or the husband of the mother.
        Contact or communication by a parent with his or her
    
child that does not demonstrate affection and concern does not constitute reasonable contact and planning under subdivision (n). In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the ability to visit, communicate, maintain contact, pay expenses and plan for the future shall be presumed. The subjective intent of the parent, whether expressed or otherwise, unsupported by evidence of the foregoing parental acts manifesting that intent, shall not preclude a determination that the parent has intended to forgo his or her parental rights. In making this determination, the court may consider but shall not require a showing of diligent efforts by an authorized agency to encourage the parent to perform the acts specified in subdivision (n).
        It shall be an affirmative defense to any allegation
    
under paragraph (2) of this subsection that the father's failure was due to circumstances beyond his control or to impediments created by the mother or any other person having legal custody. Proof of that fact need only be by a preponderance of the evidence.
        (o) Repeated or continuous failure by the parents,
    
although physically and financially able, to provide the child with adequate food, clothing, or shelter.
        (p) Inability to discharge parental responsibilities
    
supported by competent evidence from a psychiatrist, licensed clinical social worker, or clinical psychologist of mental impairment, mental illness or an intellectual disability as defined in Section 1-116 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, or developmental disability as defined in Section 1-106 of that Code, and there is sufficient justification to believe that the inability to discharge parental responsibilities shall extend beyond a reasonable time period. However, this subdivision (p) shall not be construed so as to permit a licensed clinical social worker to conduct any medical diagnosis to determine mental illness or mental impairment.
        (q) (Blank).
        (r) The child is in the temporary custody or
    
guardianship of the Department of Children and Family Services, the parent is incarcerated as a result of criminal conviction at the time the petition or motion for termination of parental rights is filed, prior to incarceration the parent had little or no contact with the child or provided little or no support for the child, and the parent's incarceration will prevent the parent from discharging his or her parental responsibilities for the child for a period in excess of 2 years after the filing of the petition or motion for termination of parental rights.
        (s) The child is in the temporary custody or
    
guardianship of the Department of Children and Family Services, the parent is incarcerated at the time the petition or motion for termination of parental rights is filed, the parent has been repeatedly incarcerated as a result of criminal convictions, and the parent's repeated incarceration has prevented the parent from discharging his or her parental responsibilities for the child.
        (t) A finding that at birth the child's blood, urine,
    
or meconium contained any amount of a controlled substance as defined in subsection (f) of Section 102 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, or a metabolite of a controlled substance, with the exception of controlled substances or metabolites of such substances, the presence of which in the newborn infant was the result of medical treatment administered to the mother or the newborn infant, and that the biological mother of this child is the biological mother of at least one other child who was adjudicated a neglected minor under subsection (c) of Section 2-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, after which the biological mother had the opportunity to enroll in and participate in a clinically appropriate substance abuse counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation program.
    E. "Parent" means the father or mother of a lawful child of the parties or child born out of wedlock. For the purpose of this Act, a person who has executed a final and irrevocable consent to adoption or a final and irrevocable surrender for purposes of adoption, or whose parental rights have been terminated by a court, is not a parent of the child who was the subject of the consent or surrender, unless the consent is void pursuant to subsection O of Section 10.
    F. A person is available for adoption when the person is:
        (a) a child who has been surrendered for adoption to
    
an agency and to whose adoption the agency has thereafter consented;
        (b) a child to whose adoption a person authorized by
    
law, other than his parents, has consented, or to whose adoption no consent is required pursuant to Section 8 of this Act;
        (c) a child who is in the custody of persons who
    
intend to adopt him through placement made by his parents;
        (c-1) a child for whom a parent has signed a specific
    
consent pursuant to subsection O of Section 10;
        (d) an adult who meets the conditions set forth in
    
Section 3 of this Act; or
        (e) a child who has been relinquished as defined in
    
Section 10 of the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act.
    A person who would otherwise be available for adoption shall not be deemed unavailable for adoption solely by reason of his or her death.
    G. The singular includes the plural and the plural includes the singular and the "male" includes the "female", as the context of this Act may require.
    H. "Adoption disruption" occurs when an adoptive placement does not prove successful and it becomes necessary for the child to be removed from placement before the adoption is finalized.
    I. "Habitual residence" has the meaning ascribed to it in the federal Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 and regulations promulgated thereunder.
    J. "Immediate relatives" means the biological parents, the parents of the biological parents and siblings of the biological parents.
    K. "Intercountry adoption" is a process by which a child from a country other than the United States is adopted by persons who are habitual residents of the United States, or the child is a habitual resident of the United States who is adopted by persons who are habitual residents of a country other than the United States.
    L. "Intercountry Adoption Coordinator" means a staff person of the Department of Children and Family Services appointed by the Director to coordinate the provision of services related to an intercountry adoption.
    M. "Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children" is a law enacted by all states and certain territories for the purpose of establishing uniform procedures for handling the interstate placement of children in foster homes, adoptive homes, or other child care facilities.
    N. (Blank).
    O. "Preadoption requirements" means any conditions or standards established by the laws or administrative rules of this State that must be met by a prospective adoptive parent prior to the placement of a child in an adoptive home.
    P. "Abused child" means a child whose parent or immediate family member, or any person responsible for the child's welfare, or any individual residing in the same home as the child, or a paramour of the child's parent:
        (a) inflicts, causes to be inflicted, or allows to be
    
inflicted upon the child physical injury, by other than accidental means, that causes death, disfigurement, impairment of physical or emotional health, or loss or impairment of any bodily function;
        (b) creates a substantial risk of physical injury to
    
the child by other than accidental means which would be likely to cause death, disfigurement, impairment of physical or emotional health, or loss or impairment of any bodily function;
        (c) commits or allows to be committed any sex offense
    
against the child, as sex offenses are defined in the Criminal Code of 2012 and extending those definitions of sex offenses to include children under 18 years of age;
        (d) commits or allows to be committed an act or acts
    
of torture upon the child; or
        (e) inflicts excessive corporal punishment.
    Q. "Neglected child" means any child whose parent or other person responsible for the child's welfare withholds or denies nourishment or medically indicated treatment including food or care denied solely on the basis of the present or anticipated mental or physical impairment as determined by a physician acting alone or in consultation with other physicians or otherwise does not provide the proper or necessary support, education as required by law, or medical or other remedial care recognized under State law as necessary for a child's well-being, or other care necessary for his or her well-being, including adequate food, clothing and shelter; or who is abandoned by his or her parents or other person responsible for the child's welfare.
    A child shall not be considered neglected or abused for the sole reason that the child's parent or other person responsible for his or her welfare depends upon spiritual means through prayer alone for the treatment or cure of disease or remedial care as provided under Section 4 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. A child shall not be considered neglected or abused for the sole reason that the child's parent or other person responsible for the child's welfare failed to vaccinate, delayed vaccination, or refused vaccination for the child due to a waiver on religious or medical grounds as permitted by law.
    R. "Putative father" means a man who may be a child's father, but who (1) is not married to the child's mother on or before the date that the child was or is to be born and (2) has not established paternity of the child in a court proceeding before the filing of a petition for the adoption of the child. The term includes a male who is less than 18 years of age. "Putative father" does not mean a man who is the child's father as a result of criminal sexual abuse or assault as defined under Article 11 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
    S. "Standby adoption" means an adoption in which a parent consents to custody and termination of parental rights to become effective upon the occurrence of a future event, which is either the death of the parent or the request of the parent for the entry of a final judgment of adoption.
    T. (Blank).
    U. "Interstate adoption" means the placement of a minor child with a prospective adoptive parent for the purpose of pursuing an adoption for that child that is subject to the provisions of the Interstate Compact on Placement of Children.
    V. "Endorsement letter" means the letter issued by the Department of Children and Family Services to document that a prospective adoptive parent has met preadoption requirements and has been deemed suitable by the Department to adopt a child who is the subject of an intercountry adoption.
    W. "Denial letter" means the letter issued by the Department of Children and Family Services to document that a prospective adoptive parent has not met preadoption requirements and has not been deemed suitable by the Department to adopt a child who is the subject of an intercountry adoption.
(Source: P.A. 97-227, eff. 1-1-12; 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13; 98-455, eff. 1-1-14; 98-532, eff. 1-1-14; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-804)
    Sec. 1. Definitions. When used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
    A. "Child" means a person under legal age subject to adoption under this Act.
    B. "Related child" means a child subject to adoption where either or both of the adopting parents stands in any of the following relationships to the child by blood, marriage, adoption, or civil union: parent, grand-parent, great-grandparent, brother, sister, step-parent, step-grandparent, step-brother, step-sister, uncle, aunt, great-uncle, great-aunt, first cousin, or second cousin. A person is related to the child as a first cousin or second cousin if they are both related to the same ancestor as either grandchild or great-grandchild. A child whose parent has executed a consent to adoption, a surrender, or a waiver pursuant to Section 10 of this Act or whose parent has signed a denial of paternity pursuant to Section 12 of the Vital Records Act or Section 12a of this Act, or whose parent has had his or her parental rights terminated, is not a related child to that person, unless (1) the consent is determined to be void or is void pursuant to subsection O of Section 10 of this Act; or (2) the parent of the child executed a consent to adoption by a specified person or persons pursuant to subsection A-1 of Section 10 of this Act and a court of competent jurisdiction finds that such consent is void; or (3) the order terminating the parental rights of the parent is vacated by a court of competent jurisdiction.
    C. "Agency" for the purpose of this Act means a public child welfare agency or a licensed child welfare agency.
    D. "Unfit person" means any person whom the court shall find to be unfit to have a child, without regard to the likelihood that the child will be placed for adoption. The grounds of unfitness are any one or more of the following, except that a person shall not be considered an unfit person for the sole reason that the person has relinquished a child in accordance with the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act:
        (a) Abandonment of the child.
        (a-1) Abandonment of a newborn infant in a hospital.
        (a-2) Abandonment of a newborn infant in any setting
    
where the evidence suggests that the parent intended to relinquish his or her parental rights.
        (b) Failure to maintain a reasonable degree of
    
interest, concern or responsibility as to the child's welfare.
        (c) Desertion of the child for more than 3 months
    
next preceding the commencement of the Adoption proceeding.
        (d) Substantial neglect of the child if continuous or
    
repeated.
        (d-1) Substantial neglect, if continuous or repeated,
    
of any child residing in the household which resulted in the death of that child.
        (e) Extreme or repeated cruelty to the child.
        (f) There is a rebuttable presumption, which can be
    
overcome only by clear and convincing evidence, that a parent is unfit if:
            (1) Two or more findings of physical abuse have
        
been entered regarding any children under Section 2-21 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the most recent of which was determined by the juvenile court hearing the matter to be supported by clear and convincing evidence; or
            (2) The parent has been convicted or found not
        
guilty by reason of insanity and the conviction or finding resulted from the death of any child by physical abuse; or
            (3) There is a finding of physical child abuse
        
resulting from the death of any child under Section 2-21 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
            No conviction or finding of delinquency pursuant
        
to Article V of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 shall be considered a criminal conviction for the purpose of applying any presumption under this item (f).
        (g) Failure to protect the child from conditions
    
within his environment injurious to the child's welfare.
        (h) Other neglect of, or misconduct toward the child;
    
provided that in making a finding of unfitness the court hearing the adoption proceeding shall not be bound by any previous finding, order or judgment affecting or determining the rights of the parents toward the child sought to be adopted in any other proceeding except such proceedings terminating parental rights as shall be had under either this Act, the Juvenile Court Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
        (i) Depravity. Conviction of any one of the
    
following crimes shall create a presumption that a parent is depraved which can be overcome only by clear and convincing evidence: (1) first degree murder in violation of paragraph 1 or 2 of subsection (a) of Section 9-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 or conviction of second degree murder in violation of subsection (a) of Section 9-2 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 of a parent of the child to be adopted; (2) first degree murder or second degree murder of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; (3) attempt or conspiracy to commit first degree murder or second degree murder of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; (4) solicitation to commit murder of any child, solicitation to commit murder of any child for hire, or solicitation to commit second degree murder of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; (5) predatory criminal sexual assault of a child in violation of Section 11-1.40 or 12-14.1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012; (6) heinous battery of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961; or (7) aggravated battery of any child in violation of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012.
        There is a rebuttable presumption that a parent is
    
depraved if the parent has been criminally convicted of at least 3 felonies under the laws of this State or any other state, or under federal law, or the criminal laws of any United States territory; and at least one of these convictions took place within 5 years of the filing of the petition or motion seeking termination of parental rights.
        There is a rebuttable presumption that a parent is
    
depraved if that parent has been criminally convicted of either first or second degree murder of any person as defined in the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 within 10 years of the filing date of the petition or motion to terminate parental rights.
        No conviction or finding of delinquency pursuant to
    
Article 5 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 shall be considered a criminal conviction for the purpose of applying any presumption under this item (i).
        (j) Open and notorious adultery or fornication.
        (j-1) (Blank).
        (k) Habitual drunkenness or addiction to drugs, other
    
than those prescribed by a physician, for at least one year immediately prior to the commencement of the unfitness proceeding.
        There is a rebuttable presumption that a parent is
    
unfit under this subsection with respect to any child to which that parent gives birth where there is a confirmed test result that at birth the child's blood, urine, or meconium contained any amount of a controlled substance as defined in subsection (f) of Section 102 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act or metabolites of such substances, the presence of which in the newborn infant was not the result of medical treatment administered to the mother or the newborn infant; and the biological mother of this child is the biological mother of at least one other child who was adjudicated a neglected minor under subsection (c) of Section 2-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
        (l) Failure to demonstrate a reasonable degree of
    
interest, concern or responsibility as to the welfare of a new born child during the first 30 days after its birth.
        (m) Failure by a parent (i) to make reasonable
    
efforts to correct the conditions that were the basis for the removal of the child from the parent during any 9-month period following the adjudication of neglected or abused minor under Section 2-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 or dependent minor under Section 2-4 of that Act, or (ii) to make reasonable progress toward the return of the child to the parent during any 9-month period following the adjudication of neglected or abused minor under Section 2-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 or dependent minor under Section 2-4 of that Act. If a service plan has been established as required under Section 8.2 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act to correct the conditions that were the basis for the removal of the child from the parent and if those services were available, then, for purposes of this Act, "failure to make reasonable progress toward the return of the child to the parent" includes the parent's failure to substantially fulfill his or her obligations under the service plan and correct the conditions that brought the child into care during any 9-month period following the adjudication under Section 2-3 or 2-4 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Notwithstanding any other provision, when a petition or motion seeks to terminate parental rights on the basis of item (ii) of this subsection (m), the petitioner shall file with the court and serve on the parties a pleading that specifies the 9-month period or periods relied on. The pleading shall be filed and served on the parties no later than 3 weeks before the date set by the court for closure of discovery, and the allegations in the pleading shall be treated as incorporated into the petition or motion. Failure of a respondent to file a written denial of the allegations in the pleading shall not be treated as an admission that the allegations are true.
        (m-1) Pursuant to the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, a
    
child has been in foster care for 15 months out of any 22 month period which begins on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1998 unless the child's parent can prove by a preponderance of the evidence that it is more likely than not that it will be in the best interests of the child to be returned to the parent within 6 months of the date on which a petition for termination of parental rights is filed under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. The 15 month time limit is tolled during any period for which there is a court finding that the appointed custodian or guardian failed to make reasonable efforts to reunify the child with his or her family, provided that (i) the finding of no reasonable efforts is made within 60 days of the period when reasonable efforts were not made or (ii) the parent filed a motion requesting a finding of no reasonable efforts within 60 days of the period when reasonable efforts were not made. For purposes of this subdivision (m-1), the date of entering foster care is the earlier of: (i) the date of a judicial finding at an adjudicatory hearing that the child is an abused, neglected, or dependent minor; or (ii) 60 days after the date on which the child is removed from his or her parent, guardian, or legal custodian.
        (n) Evidence of intent to forgo his or her parental
    
rights, whether or not the child is a ward of the court, (1) as manifested by his or her failure for a period of 12 months: (i) to visit the child, (ii) to communicate with the child or agency, although able to do so and not prevented from doing so by an agency or by court order, or (iii) to maintain contact with or plan for the future of the child, although physically able to do so, or (2) as manifested by the father's failure, where he and the mother of the child were unmarried to each other at the time of the child's birth, (i) to commence legal proceedings to establish his paternity under the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 or the law of the jurisdiction of the child's birth within 30 days of being informed, pursuant to Section 12a of this Act, that he is the father or the likely father of the child or, after being so informed where the child is not yet born, within 30 days of the child's birth, or (ii) to make a good faith effort to pay a reasonable amount of the expenses related to the birth of the child and to provide a reasonable amount for the financial support of the child, the court to consider in its determination all relevant circumstances, including the financial condition of both parents; provided that the ground for termination provided in this subparagraph (n)(2)(ii) shall only be available where the petition is brought by the mother or the husband of the mother.
        Contact or communication by a parent with his or her
    
child that does not demonstrate affection and concern does not constitute reasonable contact and planning under subdivision (n). In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the ability to visit, communicate, maintain contact, pay expenses and plan for the future shall be presumed. The subjective intent of the parent, whether expressed or otherwise, unsupported by evidence of the foregoing parental acts manifesting that intent, shall not preclude a determination that the parent has intended to forgo his or her parental rights. In making this determination, the court may consider but shall not require a showing of diligent efforts by an authorized agency to encourage the parent to perform the acts specified in subdivision (n).
        It shall be an affirmative defense to any allegation
    
under paragraph (2) of this subsection that the father's failure was due to circumstances beyond his control or to impediments created by the mother or any other person having legal custody. Proof of that fact need only be by a preponderance of the evidence.
        (o) Repeated or continuous failure by the parents,
    
although physically and financially able, to provide the child with adequate food, clothing, or shelter.
        (p) Inability to discharge parental responsibilities
    
supported by competent evidence from a psychiatrist, licensed clinical social worker, or clinical psychologist of mental impairment, mental illness or an intellectual disability as defined in Section 1-116 of the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code, or developmental disability as defined in Section 1-106 of that Code, and there is sufficient justification to believe that the inability to discharge parental responsibilities shall extend beyond a reasonable time period. However, this subdivision (p) shall not be construed so as to permit a licensed clinical social worker to conduct any medical diagnosis to determine mental illness or mental impairment.
        (q) (Blank).
        (r) The child is in the temporary custody or
    
guardianship of the Department of Children and Family Services, the parent is incarcerated as a result of criminal conviction at the time the petition or motion for termination of parental rights is filed, prior to incarceration the parent had little or no contact with the child or provided little or no support for the child, and the parent's incarceration will prevent the parent from discharging his or her parental responsibilities for the child for a period in excess of 2 years after the filing of the petition or motion for termination of parental rights.
        (s) The child is in the temporary custody or
    
guardianship of the Department of Children and Family Services, the parent is incarcerated at the time the petition or motion for termination of parental rights is filed, the parent has been repeatedly incarcerated as a result of criminal convictions, and the parent's repeated incarceration has prevented the parent from discharging his or her parental responsibilities for the child.
        (t) A finding that at birth the child's blood, urine,
    
or meconium contained any amount of a controlled substance as defined in subsection (f) of Section 102 of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, or a metabolite of a controlled substance, with the exception of controlled substances or metabolites of such substances, the presence of which in the newborn infant was the result of medical treatment administered to the mother or the newborn infant, and that the biological mother of this child is the biological mother of at least one other child who was adjudicated a neglected minor under subsection (c) of Section 2-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, after which the biological mother had the opportunity to enroll in and participate in a clinically appropriate substance abuse counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation program.
    E. "Parent" means a person who is the legal mother or legal father of the child as defined in subsection X or Y of this Section. For the purpose of this Act, a parent who has executed a consent to adoption, a surrender, or a waiver pursuant to Section 10 of this Act, who has signed a Denial of Paternity pursuant to Section 12 of the Vital Records Act or Section 12a of this Act, or whose parental rights have been terminated by a court, is not a parent of the child who was the subject of the consent, surrender, waiver, or denial unless (1) the consent is void pursuant to subsection O of Section 10 of this Act; or (2) the person executed a consent to adoption by a specified person or persons pursuant to subsection A-1 of Section 10 of this Act and a court of competent jurisdiction finds that the consent is void; or (3) the order terminating the parental rights of the person is vacated by a court of competent jurisdiction.
    F. A person is available for adoption when the person is:
        (a) a child who has been surrendered for adoption to
    
an agency and to whose adoption the agency has thereafter consented;
        (b) a child to whose adoption a person authorized by
    
law, other than his parents, has consented, or to whose adoption no consent is required pursuant to Section 8 of this Act;
        (c) a child who is in the custody of persons who
    
intend to adopt him through placement made by his parents;
        (c-1) a child for whom a parent has signed a specific
    
consent pursuant to subsection O of Section 10;
        (d) an adult who meets the conditions set forth in
    
Section 3 of this Act; or
        (e) a child who has been relinquished as defined in
    
Section 10 of the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act.
    A person who would otherwise be available for adoption shall not be deemed unavailable for adoption solely by reason of his or her death.
    G. The singular includes the plural and the plural includes the singular and the "male" includes the "female", as the context of this Act may require.
    H. "Adoption disruption" occurs when an adoptive placement does not prove successful and it becomes necessary for the child to be removed from placement before the adoption is finalized.
    I. "Habitual residence" has the meaning ascribed to it in the federal Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 and regulations promulgated thereunder.
    J. "Immediate relatives" means the biological parents, the parents of the biological parents and siblings of the biological parents.
    K. "Intercountry adoption" is a process by which a child from a country other than the United States is adopted by persons who are habitual residents of the United States, or the child is a habitual resident of the United States who is adopted by persons who are habitual residents of a country other than the United States.
    L. "Intercountry Adoption Coordinator" means a staff person of the Department of Children and Family Services appointed by the Director to coordinate the provision of services related to an intercountry adoption.
    M. "Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children" is a law enacted by all states and certain territories for the purpose of establishing uniform procedures for handling the interstate placement of children in foster homes, adoptive homes, or other child care facilities.
    N. (Blank).
    O. "Preadoption requirements" means any conditions or standards established by the laws or administrative rules of this State that must be met by a prospective adoptive parent prior to the placement of a child in an adoptive home.
    P. "Abused child" means a child whose parent or immediate family member, or any person responsible for the child's welfare, or any individual residing in the same home as the child, or a paramour of the child's parent:
        (a) inflicts, causes to be inflicted, or allows to be
    
inflicted upon the child physical injury, by other than accidental means, that causes death, disfigurement, impairment of physical or emotional health, or loss or impairment of any bodily function;
        (b) creates a substantial risk of physical injury to
    
the child by other than accidental means which would be likely to cause death, disfigurement, impairment of physical or emotional health, or loss or impairment of any bodily function;
        (c) commits or allows to be committed any sex offense
    
against the child, as sex offenses are defined in the Criminal Code of 2012 and extending those definitions of sex offenses to include children under 18 years of age;
        (d) commits or allows to be committed an act or acts
    
of torture upon the child; or
        (e) inflicts excessive corporal punishment.
    Q. "Neglected child" means any child whose parent or other person responsible for the child's welfare withholds or denies nourishment or medically indicated treatment including food or care denied solely on the basis of the present or anticipated mental or physical impairment as determined by a physician acting alone or in consultation with other physicians or otherwise does not provide the proper or necessary support, education as required by law, or medical or other remedial care recognized under State law as necessary for a child's well-being, or other care necessary for his or her well-being, including adequate food, clothing and shelter; or who is abandoned by his or her parents or other person responsible for the child's welfare.
    A child shall not be considered neglected or abused for the sole reason that the child's parent or other person responsible for his or her welfare depends upon spiritual means through prayer alone for the treatment or cure of disease or remedial care as provided under Section 4 of the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. A child shall not be considered neglected or abused for the sole reason that the child's parent or other person responsible for the child's welfare failed to vaccinate, delayed vaccination, or refused vaccination for the child due to a waiver on religious or medical grounds as permitted by law.
    R. "Putative father" means a man who may be a child's father, but who (1) is not married to the child's mother on or before the date that the child was or is to be born and (2) has not established paternity of the child in a court proceeding before the filing of a petition for the adoption of the child. The term includes a male who is less than 18 years of age. "Putative father" does not mean a man who is the child's father as a result of criminal sexual abuse or assault as defined under Article 11 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
    S. "Standby adoption" means an adoption in which a parent consents to custody and termination of parental rights to become effective upon the occurrence of a future event, which is either the death of the parent or the request of the parent for the entry of a final judgment of adoption.
    T. (Blank).
    T-5. "Biological parent", "birth parent", or "natural parent" of a child are interchangeable terms that mean a person who is biologically or genetically related to that child as a parent.
    U. "Interstate adoption" means the placement of a minor child with a prospective adoptive parent for the purpose of pursuing an adoption for that child that is subject to the provisions of the Interstate Compact on Placement of Children.
    V. "Endorsement letter" means the letter issued by the Department of Children and Family Services to document that a prospective adoptive parent has met preadoption requirements and has been deemed suitable by the Department to adopt a child who is the subject of an intercountry adoption.
    W. "Denial letter" means the letter issued by the Department of Children and Family Services to document that a prospective adoptive parent has not met preadoption requirements and has not been deemed suitable by the Department to adopt a child who is the subject of an intercountry adoption.
    X. "Legal father" of a child means a man who is recognized as or presumed to be that child's father:
        (1) because of his marriage to or civil union with
    
the child's parent at the time of the child's birth or within 300 days prior to that child's birth, unless he signed a denial of paternity pursuant to Section 12 of the Vital Records Act or a waiver pursuant to Section 10 of this Act; or
        (2) because his paternity of the child has been
    
established pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act, the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984, or the Gestational Surrogacy Act; or
        (3) because he is listed as the child's father or
    
parent on the child's birth certificate, unless he is otherwise determined by an administrative or judicial proceeding not to be the parent of the child or unless he rescinds his acknowledgment of paternity pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984; or
        (4) because his paternity or adoption of the child
    
has been established by a court of competent jurisdiction.
    The definition in this subsection X shall not be construed to provide greater or lesser rights as to the number of parents who can be named on a final judgment order of adoption or Illinois birth certificate that otherwise exist under Illinois law.
    Y. "Legal mother" of a child means a woman who is recognized as or presumed to be that child's mother:
        (1) because she gave birth to the child except as
    
provided in the Gestational Surrogacy Act; or
        (2) because her maternity of the child has been
    
established pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 or the Gestational Surrogacy Act; or
        (3) because her maternity or adoption of the child
    
has been established by a court of competent jurisdiction; or
        (4) because of her marriage to or civil union with
    
the child's other parent at the time of the child's birth or within 300 days prior to the time of birth; or
        (5) because she is listed as the child's mother or
    
parent on the child's birth certificate unless she is otherwise determined by an administrative or judicial proceeding not to be the parent of the child.
    The definition in this subsection Y shall not be construed to provide greater or lesser rights as to the number of parents who can be named on a final judgment order of adoption or Illinois birth certificate that otherwise exist under Illinois law.
(Source: P.A. 97-227, eff. 1-1-12; 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13; 98-455, eff. 1-1-14; 98-532, eff. 1-1-14; 98-804, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/2

    (750 ILCS 50/2) (from Ch. 40, par. 1502)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-804)
    Sec. 2. Who may adopt a child.
    A. Any of the following persons, who is under no legal disability (except the minority specified in sub-paragraph (b)) and who has resided in the State of Illinois continuously for a period of at least 6 months immediately preceding the commencement of an adoption proceeding, or any member of the armed forces of the United States who has been domiciled in the State of Illinois for 90 days, may institute such proceeding:
        (a) A reputable person of legal age and of either
    
sex, provided that if such person is married and has not been living separate and apart from his or her spouse for 12 months or longer, his or her spouse shall be a party to the adoption proceeding, including a husband or wife desiring to adopt a child of the other spouse, in all of which cases the adoption shall be by both spouses jointly;
        (b) A minor, by leave of court upon good cause shown.
    B. The residence requirement specified in paragraph A of this Section shall not apply to an adoption of a related child or to an adoption of a child placed by an agency.
(Source: P.A. 96-328, eff. 8-11-09.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-804)
    Sec. 2. Who may adopt a child.
    A. Any of the following persons, who is under no legal disability (except the minority specified in sub-paragraph (b)) and who has resided in the State of Illinois continuously for a period of at least 6 months immediately preceding the commencement of an adoption proceeding, or any member of the armed forces of the United States who has been domiciled in the State of Illinois for 90 days, may institute such proceeding:
        (a) A reputable person of legal age and of either
    
sex, provided that if such person is married and has not been living separate and apart from his or her spouse for 12 months or longer, his or her spouse shall be a party to the adoption proceeding, including a husband or wife desiring to adopt a child of the other spouse, in all of which cases the adoption shall be by both spouses jointly;
        (b) A minor, by leave of court upon good cause shown.
    B. The residence requirement specified in paragraph A of this Section shall not apply to:
        (a) an adoption of a related child; or
        (b) an adoption of a child placed by an agency.
(Source: P.A. 98-804, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/2.1

    (750 ILCS 50/2.1) (from Ch. 40, par. 1503)
    Sec. 2.1. This Act shall be construed in concert with the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the Child Care Act of 1969, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000.
(Source: P.A. 98-455, eff. 1-1-14.)

750 ILCS 50/3

    (750 ILCS 50/3) (from Ch. 40, par. 1504)
    Sec. 3. Who may be adopted.
    A male or female child, or an adult, may be adopted, provided the other conditions set forth in this Act are met, and further provided, with respect to an adult, that such adult has resided in the home of the persons intending to adopt him at any time for more than 2 years continuously preceding the commencement of an adoption proceeding, or in the alternative that such persons are related to him within a degree set forth in the definition of a related child in Section 1 of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 1269.)

750 ILCS 50/4

    (750 ILCS 50/4) (from Ch. 40, par. 1505)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-804)
    Sec. 4. Jurisdiction and venue. An adoption proceeding may be commenced in the circuit court of the county in which petitioners reside, or the county in which the person to be adopted resides, or was born, or the county in which the parents of such person reside, provided, however, if an agency has acquired the custody and control of a child and such agency is authorized to consent to the adoption of such child, the proceeding may be commenced in any county, and provided further that if a guardian of the person of such child has been appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction, the proceeding may be commenced in any county.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 3308.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-804)
    Sec. 4. Venue. An adoption proceeding may be commenced in any county in this State.
(Source: P.A. 98-804, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/4.1

    (750 ILCS 50/4.1) (from Ch. 40, par. 1506)
    Sec. 4.1. Adoption between multiple jurisdictions.
    (a) The Department of Children and Family Services shall promulgate rules regarding the approval and regulation of agencies providing, in this State, adoption services, as defined in Section 2.24 of the Child Care Act of 1969, which shall include, but not be limited to, a requirement that any agency shall be licensed in this State as a child welfare agency as defined in Section 2.08 of the Child Care Act of 1969. Any out-of-state agency, if not licensed in this State as a child welfare agency, must obtain the approval of the Department in order to act as a sending agency, as defined in Section 1 of the Interstate Compact on Placement of Children Act, seeking to place a child into this State through a placement subject to the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. An out-of-state agency, if not licensed in this State as a child welfare agency, is prohibited from providing in this State adoption services, as defined by Section 2.24 of the Child Care Act of 1969; shall comply with Section 12C-70 of the Criminal Code of 2012; and shall provide all of the following to the Department:
        (1) A copy of the agency's current license or other
    
form of authorization from the approving authority in the agency's state. If no license or authorization is issued, the agency must provide a reference statement, from the approving authority, stating that the agency is authorized to place children in foster care or adoption or both in its jurisdiction.
        (2) A description of the program, including home
    
studies, placements, and supervisions, that the child placing agency conducts within its geographical area, and, if applicable, adoptive placements and the finalization of adoptions. The child placing agency must accept continued responsibility for placement planning and replacement if the placement fails.
        (3) Notification to the Department of any significant
    
child placing agency changes after approval.
        (4) Any other information the Department may require.
    The rules shall also provide that any agency that places children for adoption in this State may not, in any policy or practice relating to the placement of children for adoption, discriminate against any child or prospective adoptive parent on the basis of race.
    (a-5) (Blank).
    (b) Interstate Adoptions.
        (1) All interstate adoption placements under this Act
    
shall comply with the Child Care Act of 1969 and the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. The placement of children with relatives by the Department of Children and Family Services shall also comply with subsection (b) of Section 7 of the Children and Family Services Act.
        (2) If an adoption is finalized prior to bringing or
    
sending a child to this State, compliance with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children is not required.
    (c) Intercountry Adoptions.
        (1) The adoption of a child, if the child is a
    
habitual resident of a country other than the United States and the petitioner is a habitual resident of the United States, or, if the child is a habitual resident of the United States and the petitioner is a habitual resident of a country other than the United States, shall comply with the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, as amended, and the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended.
        (2) The Department of Children and Family Services
    
shall maintain the office of Intercountry Adoption Coordinator in order to maintain and protect the rights of prospective adoptive parents and children participating in an intercountry adoption and shall develop ongoing programs of support and services to such prospective adoptive parents and children.
        (3) In the case of an intercountry adoption of a
    
child by an Illinois resident, the Department shall promulgate rules concerning preadoption requirements, which shall include, but not be limited to, requirements relating to home studies conducted by licensed child welfare agencies and requirements relating to supporting documentation concerning the prospective adoptive parent's suitability to adopt a child.
        (4) The Intercountry Adoption Coordinator shall
    
determine whether all preadoption requirements have been met by a prospective adoptive parent. The Intercountry Adoption Coordinator shall also determine whether the prospective adoptive parent is suitable as the adoptive parent. In determining suitability to adopt, the Intercountry Adoption coordinator shall give considerable weight to the home study, but is not bound by it. Even if the home study is favorable, the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator must issue a denial letter if, on the basis of all the information provided, the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator finds, for a specific and articulable reason, that the prospective adoptive parent has failed to establish that he or she is suitable as the adoptive parent.
        (5) The Intercountry Adoption Coordinator shall issue
    
an endorsement letter, indicating that all preadoption requirements have been met, or a denial letter, indicating the specific preadoption requirements that have not been met, no later than 21 days from receipt of the home study from the child welfare agency. If, upon receipt of the home study, the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator determines that more information is required before any determination can be made with respect to compliance with the preadoption requirements, the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator shall, within 7 days of receipt of the home study, provide notice describing the additional information, via facsimile or through electronic communication, to the licensed child welfare agency and the adoptive parent. Within 21 days of receipt of the additional information, the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator shall provide the child welfare agency with an endorsement letter or a denial letter. The Intercountry Adoption Coordinator shall mail a copy of the endorsement letter or denial letter to the prospective adoptive parent at the same time that the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator provides the letter to the child welfare agency.
        (6) If the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator issues a
    
denial letter, a prospective adoptive parent shall have the right to a review. The Intercountry Adoption Coordinator shall include in its denial letter notification advising the prospective adoptive parent of the right to seek a review, by the Director of the Department, of the determination, if requested in writing within 30 days of receipt of the denial letter. Failure to submit such a request within 30 days waives the prospective parent's right to a review.
            (i) The review by the Director shall include, but
        
is not limited to, a review of documentation submitted by the prospective adoptive parent and, if requested by the prospective adoptive parent, a telephone conference or a mutually convenient in-person meeting with the Director, or the Director's designated representative, to allow the prospective adoptive parent to present the facts and circumstances supporting the request for the endorsement letter.
            (ii) The Director shall issue a decision within
        
30 days of receipt of the request for review.
            (iii) If the Director concurs with the original
        
denial letter of the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator, the Director's decision shall be considered a final decision and the prospective adoptive parent shall have all rights and remedies to which he or she is entitled under applicable law, including a mandamus action under Article XIV of the Code of Civil Procedure and an action under the federal Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1983.
        (7) In the case of an intercountry adoption finalized
    
in another country, where a complete and valid Order of Adoption is issued from that country to an Illinois resident, as determined by the United States Department of State, this State shall not impose any additional preadoption requirements.
        (8) The Department of Children and Family Services
    
shall provide a report to the General Assembly, on an annual basis for the preceding year, beginning on September 1 of each year after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly. The report shall provide non-identifying statistical data on the endorsement and denial letters and the requests for review of denial letters and shall contain, but not limited to, the following:
            (i) the number of endorsement letters issued by
        
the Intercountry Adoption Coordinator;
            (ii) the number of denial letters issued by the
        
Intercountry Adoption Coordinator;
            (iii) the number of requests for review of denial
        
letters;
            (iv) the number of denial letter reviews which
        
resulted in a reversal by the Director and an endorsement letter being issued; and
            (v) the basis of each denial letter and the basis
        
of each reversal of the denial letter in a particular case.
    (d) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 98-455, eff. 1-1-14.)

750 ILCS 50/5

    (750 ILCS 50/5) (from Ch. 40, par. 1507)
    Sec. 5. Petition, contents, verification, filing.
    A. A proceeding to adopt a child, other than a related child, shall be commenced by the filing of a petition within 30 days after such child has become available for adoption, provided that such petition may be filed at a later date by leave of court upon a showing that the failure to file such petition within such 30 day period was not due to the petitioners' culpable negligence or their wilful disregard of the provisions of this Section. In the case of a child born outside the United States or a territory thereof, if the prospective adoptive parents of such child have been appointed guardians of such child by a court of competent jurisdiction in a country other than the United States or a territory thereof, such parents shall file a petition as provided in this Section within 30 days after entry of the child into the United States. A petition to adopt an adult or a related child may be filed at any time. A petition for adoption may include more than one person sought to be adopted.
    B. A petition to adopt a child other than a related child shall state:
        (a) The full names of the petitioners and, if minors,
    
their respective ages;
        (b) The place of residence of the petitioners and the
    
length of residence of each in the State of Illinois immediately preceding the filing of the petition;
        (c) When the petitioners acquired, or intend to
    
acquire, custody of the child, and the name and address of the persons or agency from whom the child was or will be received;
        (d) The name, the place and date of birth if known,
    
and the sex of the child sought to be adopted;
        (e) The relationship, if any, of the child to each
    
petitioner;
        (f) The names, if known, and the place of residence,
    
if known, of the parents; and whether such parents are minors, or otherwise under any legal disability. The names and addresses of the parents shall be omitted and they shall not be made parties defendant to the petition if (1) the rights of the parents have been terminated by a court of competent jurisdiction, or (2) the child has been surrendered to an agency, or (3) the parent or parents have been served with the notice provided in Section 12a of this Act and said parent or parents have filed a disclaimer of paternity as therein provided or have failed to file such declaration of paternity or a request for notice as provided in said Section, or (4) the parent is a putative father or legal father of the child who has waived his parental rights by signing a waiver as provided in subsection S of Section 10;
        (g) If it is alleged that the child has no living
    
parent, then the name of the guardian, if any, of such child and the court which appointed such guardian;
        (h) If it is alleged that the child has no living
    
parent and that no guardian of such child is known to petitioners, then the name of a near relative, if known, shall be set forth, or an allegation that no near relative is known and on due inquiry cannot be ascertained by petitioners;
        (i) The name to be given the child or adult;
        (j) That the person or agency, having authority to
    
consent under Section 8 of this Act, has consented, or has indicated willingness to consent, to the adoption of the child by the petitioners, or that the person having authority to consent is an unfit person and the ground therefor, or that no consent is required under paragraph (f) of Section 8 of this Act;
        (k) Whatever orders, judgments or decrees have
    
heretofore been entered by any court affecting (1) adoption or custody of the child, or (2) the adoptive, custodial or parental rights of either petitioner, including the prior denial of any petition for adoption pertaining to such child, or to the petitioners, or either of them.
    C. A petition to adopt a related child shall include the information specified in sub-paragraphs (a), (b), (d), (e), (f), (i) and (k) of paragraph B and a petition to adopt an adult shall contain the information required by sub-paragraphs (a), (b) and (i) of paragraph B in addition to the name, place, date of birth and sex of such adult.
    D. The petition shall be verified by the petitioners.
    E. Upon the filing of the petition the petitioners shall furnish the Clerk of the Court in which the petition is pending such information not contained in such petition as shall be necessary to enable the Clerk of such Court to complete a certificate of adoption as hereinafter provided.
    F. A petition for standby adoption shall conform to the requirements of this Act with respect to petition contents, verification, and filing. The petition for standby adoption shall also state the facts concerning the consent of the child's parent to the standby adoption. A petition for standby adoption shall include the information in paragraph B if the petitioner seeks to adopt a child other than a related child. A petition for standby adoption shall include the information in paragraph C if the petitioner seeks to adopt a related child or adult.
(Source: P.A. 97-493, eff. 8-22-11.)

750 ILCS 50/6

    (750 ILCS 50/6) (from Ch. 40, par. 1508)
    Sec. 6. A. Investigation; all cases. Within 10 days after the filing of a petition for the adoption or standby adoption of a child other than a related child, the court shall appoint a child welfare agency approved by the Department of Children and Family Services, or a person deemed competent by the court, or in Cook County the Court Services Division of the Cook County Department of Public Aid, or the Department of Children and Family Services if the court determines that no child welfare agency is available or that the petitioner is financially unable to pay for the investigation, to investigate accurately, fully and promptly, the allegations contained in the petition; the character, reputation, health and general standing in the community of the petitioners; the religious faith of the petitioners and, if ascertainable, of the child sought to be adopted; and whether the petitioners are proper persons to adopt the child and whether the child is a proper subject of adoption. The investigation required under this Section shall include a fingerprint based criminal background check with a review of fingerprints by the Illinois State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation. Each petitioner subject to this investigation, shall submit his or her fingerprints to the Department of State Police in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of State Police. These fingerprints shall be checked against the fingerprint records now and hereafter filed in the Department of State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records databases. The Department of State Police shall charge a fee for conducting the criminal history records check, which shall be deposited in the State Police Services Fund and shall not exceed the actual cost of the records check. The criminal background check required by this Section shall include a listing of when, where and by whom the criminal background check was prepared. The criminal background check required by this Section shall not be more than two years old.
    Neither a clerk of the circuit court nor a judge may require that a criminal background check or fingerprint review be filed with, or at the same time as, an initial petition for adoption.
    B. Investigation; foreign-born child. In the case of a child born outside the United States or a territory thereof, in addition to the investigation required under subsection (A) of this Section, a post-placement investigation shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Child Care Act of 1969, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, and the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000.
    The requirements of a post-placement investigation shall be deemed to have been satisfied if a valid final order or judgment of adoption has been entered by a court of competent jurisdiction in a country other than the United States or a territory thereof with respect to such child and the petitioners.
    C. Report of investigation. The court shall determine whether the costs of the investigation shall be charged to the petitioners. The information obtained as a result of such investigation shall be presented to the court in a written report. The results of the criminal background check required under subsection (A) shall be provided to the court for its review. The court may, in its discretion, weigh the significance of the results of the criminal background check against the entirety of the background of the petitioners. The Court, in its discretion, may accept the report of the investigation previously made by a licensed child welfare agency, if made within one year prior to the entry of the judgment. Such report shall be treated as confidential and withheld from inspection unless findings adverse to the petitioners or to the child sought to be adopted are contained therein, and in that event the court shall inform the petitioners of the relevant portions pertaining to the adverse findings. In no event shall any facts set forth in the report be considered at the hearing of the proceeding, unless established by competent evidence. The report shall be filed with the record of the proceeding. If the file relating to the proceeding is not impounded, the report shall be impounded by the clerk of the court and shall be made available for inspection only upon order of the court.
    D. Related adoption. Such investigation shall not be made when the petition seeks to adopt a related child or an adult unless the court, in its discretion, shall so order. In such an event the court may appoint a person deemed competent by the court.
(Source: P.A. 98-455, eff. 1-1-14.)

750 ILCS 50/7

    (750 ILCS 50/7) (from Ch. 40, par. 1509)
    Sec. 7. Process.
    A. All persons named in the petition for adoption or standby adoption, other than the petitioners and any party who has previously either denied being a parent pursuant to Section 12a of this Act or whose rights have been terminated pursuant to Section 12a of this Act, but including the person sought to be adopted, shall be made parties defendant by name, and if the name or names of any such persons are alleged in the petition to be unknown such persons shall be made parties defendant under the name and style of "All whom it may concern". In all such actions petitioner or his attorney shall file, at the office of the clerk of the court in which the action is pending, an affidavit showing that the defendant resides or has gone out of this State, or on due inquiry cannot be found, or is concealed within this State, so that process cannot be served upon him, and stating the place of residence of the defendant, if known, or that upon diligent inquiry his place of residence cannot be ascertained, the clerk shall cause publication to be made in some newspaper published in the county in which the action is pending. If there is no newspaper published in that county, then the publication shall be in a newspaper published in an adjoining county in this State, having a circulation in the county in which such action is pending. In the event there is service on any of the parties by publication, the publication shall contain notice of pendency of the action, the name of the person to be adopted and the name of the parties to be served by publication, and the date on or after which default may be entered against such parties. Neither the name of petitioners nor the name of any party who has either surrendered said child, has given their consent to the adoption of the child, or whose parental rights have been terminated by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be included in the notice of publication. The Clerk shall also, within ten (10) days of the first publication of the notice, send a copy thereof by mail, addressed to each defendant whose place of residence is stated in such affidavit. The certificate of the Clerk that he sent the copies pursuant to this section is evidence that he has done so. Except as provided in this section pertaining to service by publication, all parties defendant shall be notified of the proceedings in the same manner as is now or may hereafter be required in other civil cases or proceedings, except that service of process need not be directed to a minor defendant under 14 years of age for whom a guardian ad litem has been or will be appointed pursuant to paragraph (a) of subsection B of Section 13 of this Act. Nothing in the provisions of the preceding sentence stating that service of process need not be directed to a minor defendant under 14 years of age for whom a guardian ad litem has been or will be appointed is intended to override any provision of this Act which relates to information to which an adopted person is entitled under Section 18.1 of this Act. Any party defendant who is of age of 14 years or upward may waive service of process by entering an appearance in writing. The form to be used for publication shall be substantially as follows: "ADOPTION NOTICE - STATE OF ILLINOIS, County of ...., ss. - Circuit Court of .... County. In the matter of the Petition for the Adoption of ...., a ..male child. Adoption No. ..... To-- .... (whom it may concern or the named parent) Take notice that a petition was filed in the Circuit Court of .... County, Illinois, for the adoption of a child named ..... Now, therefore, unless you ...., and all whom it may concern, file your answer to the Petition in the action or otherwise file your appearance therein, in the said Circuit Court of ...., County, Room ...., ...., in the City of ...., Illinois, on or before the .... day of ...., a default may be entered against you at any time after that day and a judgment entered in accordance with the prayer of said Petition. Dated, ...., Illinois, .... ...., Clerk. (Name and address of attorney for petitioners.)
    B. A minor defendant who has been served in accordance with this Section may be defaulted in the same manner as any other defendant.
    C. Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of this or any other law, and in addition to the notice requirements of any law pertaining to persons other than those specified in this subsection, the persons entitled to notice that a petition has been filed under Section 5 of this Act shall include:
        (a) any person adjudicated by a court in this State
    
to be the father of the child;
        (b) any person adjudicated by a court of another
    
state or territory of the United States to be the father of the child, when a certified copy of the court order has been filed with the Putative Father Registry under Section 12.1 of this Act;
        (c) any person who at the time of the filing of the
    
petition is registered in the Putative Father Registry under Section 12.1 of this Act as the putative father of the child;
        (d) any person who is recorded on the child's birth
    
certificate as the child's father;
        (e) any person who is openly living with the child or
    
the child's mother at the time the proceeding is initiated and who is holding himself out to be the child's father;
        (f) any person who has been identified as the child's
    
father by the mother in a written, sworn statement, including an Affidavit of Identification as specified under Section 11 of this Act;
        (g) any person who was married to the child's mother
    
on the date of the child's birth or within 300 days prior to the child's birth.
    The sole purpose of notice under this Section shall be to enable the person receiving notice to appear in the adoption proceedings to present evidence to the court relevant to whether the consent or surrender of the person to the adoption is required pursuant to Section 8 of this Act. If the court determines that the consent or surrender of the person is not required pursuant to Section 8, then the person shall not be entitled to participate in the proceedings or to any further notice of the proceedings.
(Source: P.A. 97-988, eff. 1-1-13.)

750 ILCS 50/8

    (750 ILCS 50/8) (from Ch. 40, par. 1510)
    Sec. 8. Consents to adoption and surrenders for purposes of adoption.
    (a) Except as hereinafter provided in this Section consents or surrenders shall be required in all cases, unless the person whose consent or surrender would otherwise be required shall be found by the court:
        (1) to be an unfit person as defined in Section 1 of
    
this Act, by clear and convincing evidence; or
        (2) not to be the biological or adoptive father of
    
the child; or
        (3) to have waived his parental rights to the child
    
under Section 12a or 12.1 or subsection S of Section 10 of this Act; or
        (4) to be the parent of an adult sought to be
    
adopted; or
        (5) to be the father of the child as a result of
    
criminal sexual abuse or assault as defined under Article 11 of the Criminal Code of 2012; or
        (6) to be the father of a child who:
            (i) is a family member of the mother of the
        
child, and the mother is under the age of 18 at the time of the child's conception; for purposes of this subsection, a "family member" is a parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, sibling, or cousin of the first degree, whether by whole blood, half-blood, or adoption, as well as a person age 18 or over at the time of the child's conception who has resided in the household with the mother continuously for at least one year; or
            (ii) is at least 5 years older than the child's
        
mother, and the mother was under the age of 17 at the time of the child's conception, unless the mother and father voluntarily acknowledge the father's paternity of the child by marrying or by establishing the father's paternity by consent of the parties pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 or pursuant to a substantially similar statute in another state.
        A criminal conviction of any offense pursuant to
    
Section 11-1.20, 11-1.30, 11-1.40, 11-1.50, 11-1.60, 11-1.70, 12C-5, 12C-10, 12C-35, 12C-40, 12C-45, 18-6, 19-6, or Article 12 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 is not required.
    (b) Where consents are required in the case of an adoption of a minor child, the consents of the following persons shall be sufficient:
        (1) (A) The mother of the minor child; and
            (B) The father of the minor child, if the father:
                (i) was married to the mother on the date of
            
birth of the child or within 300 days before the birth of the child, except for a husband or former husband who has been found by a court of competent jurisdiction not to be the biological father of the child; or
                (ii) is the father of the child under a
            
judgment for adoption, an order of parentage, or an acknowledgment of parentage or paternity pursuant to subsection (a) of Section 5 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984; or
                (iii) in the case of a child placed with the
            
adopting parents less than 6 months after birth, openly lived with the child, the child's biological mother, or both, and held himself out to be the child's biological father during the first 30 days following the birth of the child; or
                (iv) in the case of a child placed with the
            
adopting parents less than 6 months after birth, made a good faith effort to pay a reasonable amount of the expenses related to the birth of the child and to provide a reasonable amount for the financial support of the child before the expiration of 30 days following the birth of the child, provided that the court may consider in its determination all relevant circumstances, including the financial condition of both biological parents; or
                (v) in the case of a child placed with the
            
adopting parents more than 6 months after birth, has maintained substantial and continuous or repeated contact with the child as manifested by: (I) the payment by the father toward the support of the child of a fair and reasonable sum, according to the father's means, and either (II) the father's visiting the child at least monthly when physically and financially able to do so and not prevented from doing so by the person or authorized agency having lawful custody of the child, or (III) the father's regular communication with the child or with the person or agency having the care or custody of the child, when physically and financially unable to visit the child or prevented from doing so by the person or authorized agency having lawful custody of the child. The subjective intent of the father, whether expressed or otherwise unsupported by evidence of acts specified in this sub-paragraph as manifesting such intent, shall not preclude a determination that the father failed to maintain substantial and continuous or repeated contact with the child; or
                (vi) in the case of a child placed with the
            
adopting parents more than six months after birth, openly lived with the child for a period of six months within the one year period immediately preceding the placement of the child for adoption and openly held himself out to be the father of the child; or
                (vii) has timely registered with Putative
            
Father Registry, as provided in Section 12.1 of this Act, and prior to the expiration of 30 days from the date of such registration, commenced legal proceedings to establish paternity under the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984 or under the law of the jurisdiction of the child's birth; or
        (2) The legal guardian of the person of the child, if
    
there is no surviving parent; or
        (3) An agency, if the child has been surrendered for
    
adoption to such agency; or
        (4) Any person or agency having legal custody of a
    
child by court order if the parental rights of the parents have been judicially terminated, and the court having jurisdiction of the guardianship of the child has authorized the consent to the adoption; or
        (5) The execution and verification of the petition by
    
any petitioner who is also a parent of the child sought to be adopted shall be sufficient evidence of such parent's consent to the adoption.
    (c) Where surrenders to an agency are required in the case of a placement for adoption of a minor child by an agency, the surrenders of the following persons shall be sufficient:
        (1) (A) The mother of the minor child; and
            (B) The father of the minor child, if the father:
                (i) was married to the mother on the date of
            
birth of the child or within 300 days before the birth of the child, except for a husband or former husband who has been found by a court of competent jurisdiction not to be the biological father of the child; or
                (ii) is the father of the child under a
            
judgment for adoption, an order of parentage, or an acknowledgment of parentage or paternity pursuant to subsection (a) of Section 5 of the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984; or
                (iii) in the case of a child placed with the
            
adopting parents less than 6 months after birth, openly lived with the child, the child's biological mother, or both, and held himself out to be the child's biological father during the first 30 days following the birth of a child; or
                (iv) in the case of a child placed with the
            
adopting parents less than 6 months after birth, made a good faith effort to pay a reasonable amount of the expenses related to the birth of the child and to provide a reasonable amount for the financial support of the child before the expiration of 30 days following the birth of the child, provided that the court may consider in its determination all relevant circumstances, including the financial condition of both biological parents; or
                (v) in the case of a child placed with the
            
adopting parents more than six months after birth, has maintained substantial and continuous or repeated contact with the child as manifested by: (I) the payment by the father toward the support of the child of a fair and reasonable sum, according to the father's means, and either (II) the father's visiting the child at least monthly when physically and financially able to do so and not prevented from doing so by the person or authorized agency having lawful custody of the child or (III) the father's regular communication with the child or with the person or agency having the care or custody of the child, when physically and financially unable to visit the child or prevented from doing so by the person or authorized agency having lawful custody of the child. The subjective intent of the father, whether expressed or otherwise, unsupported by evidence of acts specified in this sub-paragraph as manifesting such intent, shall not preclude a determination that the father failed to maintain substantial and continuous or repeated contact with the child; or
                (vi) in the case of a child placed with the
            
adopting parents more than six months after birth, openly lived with the child for a period of six months within the one year period immediately preceding the placement of the child for adoption and openly held himself out to be the father of the child; or
                (vii) has timely registered with the Putative
            
Father Registry, as provided in Section 12.1 of this Act, and prior to the expiration of 30 days from the date of such registration, commenced legal proceedings to establish paternity under the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984, or under the law of the jurisdiction of the child's birth.
    (d) In making a determination under subparagraphs (b)(1) and (c)(1), no showing shall be required of diligent efforts by a person or agency to encourage the father to perform the acts specified therein.
    (e) In the case of the adoption of an adult, only the consent of such adult shall be required.
(Source: P.A. 97-493, eff. 8-22-11; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

750 ILCS 50/9

    (750 ILCS 50/9) (from Ch. 40, par. 1511)
    Sec. 9. Time for signing a waiver, consent, or surrender.
    A. A consent or a surrender signed not less than 72 hours after the birth of the child is irrevocable except as provided in Section 11 of this Act.
    B. No consent or surrender shall be signed within the 72 hour period immediately following the birth of the child.
    C. A consent or a surrender may be signed by the father prior to the birth of the child. Such consent or surrender shall be revoked if, within 72 hours after the birth of the child, the father who gave such consent or surrender, notifies in writing the person, agency or court representative who acknowledged the surrender or consent or any individual representing or connected with such person, agency or court representative of the revocation of the consent or surrender.
    D. Any consent or surrender signed in accordance with paragraph C above which is not revoked within 72 hours after the birth of the child is irrevocable except as provided in Section 11 of this Act.
    E. Consent may be given to a standby adoption by a parent whose consent is required pursuant to Section 8 of this Act to become effective when the consenting parent of the child dies or that parent requests that the final judgment of adoption be entered.
    F. A waiver as provided in subsection S of Section 10 of this Act may be signed by a putative father or legal father of the child at any time prior to or after the birth of the child. A waiver is irrevocable except as provided in Section 11 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-493, eff. 8-22-11.)

750 ILCS 50/10

    (750 ILCS 50/10) (from Ch. 40, par. 1512)
    Sec. 10. Forms of consent and surrender; execution and acknowledgment thereof.
    A. The form of consent required for the adoption of a born child shall be substantially as follows:
FINAL AND IRREVOCABLE CONSENT TO ADOPTION
    I, ...., (relationship, e.g., mother, father, relative, guardian) of ...., a ..male child, state:
    That such child was born on .... at ....
    That I reside at ...., County of .... and State of ....
    That I am of the age of .... years.
    That I hereby enter my appearance in this proceeding and waive service of summons on me.
    That I hereby acknowledge that I have been provided with a copy of the Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities-Private Form before signing this Consent and that I have had time to read, or have had read to me, this Form. I understand that if I do not receive any of the rights as described in this Form, it shall not constitute a basis to revoke this Final and Irrevocable Consent.
    That I do hereby consent and agree to the adoption of such child.
    That I wish to and understand that by signing this consent I do irrevocably and permanently give up all custody and other parental rights I have to such child.
    That I understand such child will be placed for adoption and that I cannot under any circumstances, after signing this document, change my mind and revoke or cancel this consent or obtain or recover custody or any other rights over such child. That I have read and understand the above and I am signing it as my free and voluntary act.
    Dated (insert date).
.........................
 
    If under Section 8 the consent of more than one person is required, then each such person shall execute a separate consent.
    A-1. (1) The form of the Final and Irrevocable Consent to Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons: Non-DCFS Case set forth in this subsection A-1 is to be used by legal parents only. This form is not to be used in cases in which there is a pending petition under Section 2-13 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    (2) The form of the Final and Irrevocable Consent to Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons in a non-DCFS case shall have the caption of the proceeding in which it is to be filed and shall be substantially as follows:
FINAL AND IRREVOCABLE CONSENT TO ADOPTION BY
A SPECIFIED PERSON OR PERSONS; NON-DCFS CASE
    I, ...., (relationship, e.g., mother, father) of ...., a ..male child, state:
    1. That such child was born on ...., at ....., City of ... and State of ....
    2. That I reside at ...., County of .... and State of ....
    3. That I am of the age of .... years.
    4. That I hereby enter my appearance in this proceeding and waive service of summons on me.
    5. That I hereby acknowledge that I have been provided a copy of the Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities-Private Form before signing this Consent and that I have had time to read, or have had read to me, this Form and that I understand the Rights and Responsibilities described in this Form. I understand that if I do not receive any of my rights as described in said Form, it shall not constitute a basis to revoke this Final and Irrevocable Consent to Adoption by a Specified Person.
    6. That I do hereby consent and agree to the adoption of such child by .... (specified persons) only.
    7. That I wish to and understand that upon signing this consent I do irrevocably and permanently give up all custody and other parental rights I have to such child if such child is adopted by .... (specified person or persons). I hereby transfer all of my rights to the custody, care and control of such child to ............................. (specified person or persons).
    8. That I understand such child will be adopted by ....................... (specified person or persons) and that I cannot under any circumstances, after signing this document, change my mind and revoke or cancel this consent or obtain or recover custody or any other rights over such child if ............................ (specified person or persons) adopt(s) such child; PROVIDED that each specified person has filed or shall file, within 60 days from the date hereof, a petition for the adoption of such child.
    9. That if the specified person or persons designated herein do not file a petition for adoption within the time-frame specified above, or, if said petition for adoption is filed within the time-frame specified above but the adoption petition is dismissed with prejudice or the adoption proceeding is otherwise concluded without an order declaring the child to be the adopted child of the specified person or persons, then I understand that I will receive written notice of such circumstances within 10 business days of their occurrence. I understand that the notice will be directed to me using the contact information I have provided in this consent. I understand that I will have 10 business days from the date that the written notice is sent to me to respond, within which time I may request the Court to declare this consent voidable and return the child to me. I further understand that the Court will make the final decision of whether or not the child will be returned to me. If I do not make such request within 10 business days of the date of the notice, then I expressly waive any other notice or service of process in any legal proceeding for the adoption of the child.
    10. That I expressly acknowledge that nothing in this Consent impairs the validity and absolute finality of this Consent under any circumstance other than those described in paragraph 9 of this Consent.
    11. That I understand that I have a remaining duty and obligation to keep .............. (insert name and address of the attorney for the specified person or persons) informed of my current address or other preferred contact information until this adoption has been finalized. My failure to do so may result in the termination of my parental rights and the child being placed for adoption in another home.
    12. That I do expressly waive any other notice or service of process in any of the legal proceedings for the adoption of the child as long as the adoption proceeding by the specified person or persons is pending.
    13. That I have read and understand the above and I am signing it as my free and voluntary act.
    14. That I acknowledge that this consent is valid even if the specified person or persons separate or divorce or one of the specified persons dies prior to the entry of the final judgment for adoption.
    Dated (insert date).
    .............................................
    Signature of parent.
    .............................................
    Address of parent.
    .............................................
    Phone number(s) of parent.
    .............................................
    Personal email(s) of parent.
    .............................................
    (3) The form of the certificate of acknowledgement for a Final and Irrevocable Consent for Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons: Non-DCFS Case shall be substantially as follows:
 
STATE OF ..............)
                       ) SS.
COUNTY OF .............)
    I, .................... (Name of Judge or other person), ..................... (official title, name, and address), certify that ............., personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing Final and Irrevocable Consent for Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons; non-DCFS case, appeared before me this day in person and acknowledged that (she)(he) signed and delivered the consent as (her)(his) free and voluntary act, for the specified purpose. I am further satisfied that, before signing this Consent, ........ has read, or has had read to him or her, the Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities-Private Form.
    A-2. Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities-Private Form. The Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities-Private Form must be read by, or have been read to, any person executing a Final and Irrevocable Consent to Adoption under subsection A, a Final and Irrevocable Consent to Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons: Non-DCFS Case under subsection A-1, or a Consent to Adoption of Unborn Child under subsection B prior to the execution of said Consent. The form of the Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities-Private Form shall be substantially as follows:
Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities-Private Form
    As a birth parent in the State of Illinois, you have the right:
    1. To have your own attorney represent you. The prospective adoptive parents may agree to pay for the cost of your attorney in a manner consistent with Illinois law, but they are not required to do so.
    2. To be treated with dignity and respect at all times and to make decisions free from coercion and pressure.
    3. To receive counseling before and after signing a Final and Irrevocable Consent to Adoption ("Consent"), a Final and Irrevocable Consent to Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons: Non-DCFS Case ("Specified Consent"), or a Consent to Adoption of Unborn Child ("Unborn Consent"). The prospective adoptive parents may agree to pay for the cost of counseling in a manner consistent with Illinois law, but they are not required to do so.
    4. To ask to be involved in choosing your child's prospective adoptive parents and to ask to meet them.
    5. To ask your child's prospective adoptive parents any questions that pertain to your decision to place your child with them.
    6. To see your child before signing a Consent or Specified Consent.
    7. To request contact with your child and/or the child's prospective adoptive parents, with the understanding that any promises regarding contact with your child or receipt of information about the child after signing a Consent, Specified Consent, or Unborn Consent cannot be enforced under Illinois law.
    8. To receive copies of all documents that you sign and have those documents provided to you in your preferred language.
    9. To request that your identifying information remain confidential, unless required otherwise by Illinois law or court order, and to register with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
    10. To work with an adoption agency or attorney of your choice, or change said agency or attorney, provided you promptly inform all of the parties currently involved.
    11. To receive, upon request, a written list of any promised support, financial or otherwise, from your attorney or the attorney for your child's prospective adoptive parents.
    12. To delay signing a Consent, Specified Consent, or Unborn Consent if you are not ready to do so.
    13. To decline to sign a Consent, Specified Consent, or Unborn Consent even if you have received financial support from the prospective adoptive parents.
    If you do not receive any of the rights described in this Form, it shall not be a basis to revoke a Consent, Specified Consent, or Unborn Consent.
    As a Birth Parent in the State of Illinois, you have the responsibility:
    1. To carefully consider your reasons for choosing adoption.
    2. To voluntarily provide all known medical, background, and family information about yourself and your immediate family to your child's prospective adoptive parents or their attorney. For the health of your child, you are strongly encouraged, but not required, to provide all known medical, background, and family history information about yourself and your family to your child's prospective adoptive parents or their attorney.
    3. (Birth mothers only) To accurately complete an Affidavit of Identification, which identifies the father of the child when known, with the understanding that a birth mother has a right to decline to identify the birth father.
    4. To not accept financial support or reimbursement of pregnancy related expenses simultaneously from more than one source.
    B. The form of consent required for the adoption of an unborn child shall be substantially as follows:
CONSENT TO ADOPTION OF UNBORN CHILD
    I, ...., state:
    That I am the father of a child expected to be born on or about .... to .... (name of mother).
    That I reside at .... County of ...., and State of .....
    That I am of the age of .... years.
    That I hereby enter my appearance in such adoption proceeding and waive service of summons on me.
    That I hereby acknowledge that I have been provided with a copy of the Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities-Private Form before signing this Consent, and that I have had time to read, or have had read to me, this Form. I understand that if I do not receive any of the rights as described in this Form, it shall not constitute a basis to revoke this Consent to Adoption of Unborn Child.
    That I do hereby consent and agree to the adoption of such child, and that I have not previously executed a consent or surrender with respect to such child.
    That I wish to and do understand that by signing this consent I do irrevocably and permanently give up all custody and other parental rights I have to such child, except that I have the right to revoke this consent by giving written notice of my revocation not later than 72 hours after the birth of the child.
    That I understand such child will be placed for adoption and that, except as hereinabove provided, I cannot under any circumstances, after signing this document, change my mind and revoke or cancel this consent or obtain or recover custody or any other rights over such child.
    That I have read and understand the above and I am signing it as my free and voluntary act.
    Dated (insert date).
........................
    B-5. (1) The parent of a child may execute a consent to standby adoption by a specified person or persons. A consent under this subsection B-5 shall be acknowledged by a parent pursuant to subsection H and subsection K of this Section. The form of consent required for the standby adoption of a born child effective at a future date when the consenting parent of the child dies or requests that a final judgment of adoption be entered shall be substantially as follows:
FINAL AND IRREVOCABLE CONSENT
TO STANDBY ADOPTION
    I, ..., (relationship, e.g. mother or father) of ...., a ..male child, state:
    That the child was born on .... at .....
    That I reside at ...., County of ...., and State of .....
    That I am of the age of .... years.
    That I hereby enter my appearance in this proceeding and waive service of summons on me in this action only.
    That I do hereby consent and agree to the standby adoption of the child, and that I have not previously executed a consent or surrender with respect to the child.
    That I wish to and understand that by signing this consent I do irrevocably and permanently give up all custody and other parental rights I have to the child, effective upon (my death) (the child's other parent's death) or upon (my) (the other parent's) request for the entry of a final judgment for adoption if ..... (specified person or persons) adopt my child.
    That I understand that until (I die) (the child's other parent dies), I retain all legal rights and obligations concerning the child, but at that time, I irrevocably give all custody and other parental rights to .... (specified person or persons).
    I understand my child will be adopted by ....... (specified person or persons) only and that I cannot, under any circumstances, after signing this document, change my mind and revoke or cancel this consent or obtain or recover custody or any other rights over my child if ..... (specified person or persons) adopt my child.
    I understand that this consent to standby adoption is valid only if the petition for standby adoption is filed and that if ....... (specified person or persons), for any reason, cannot or will not file a petition for standby adoption or if his, her, or their petition for standby adoption is denied, then this consent is void. I have the right to notice of any other proceeding that could affect my parental rights.
    That I have read and understand the above and I am signing it as my free and voluntary act.
    Dated (insert date).
....................
 
    If under Section 8 the consent of more than one person is required, then each such person shall execute a separate consent. A separate consent shall be executed for each child.
    (2) If the parent consents to a standby adoption by 2 specified persons, then the form shall contain 2 additional paragraphs in substantially the following form:
    If .... (specified persons) obtain a judgment of dissolution of marriage before the judgment for adoption is entered, then ..... (specified person) shall adopt my child. I understand that I cannot change my mind and revoke this consent or obtain or recover custody of my child if ..... (specified persons) obtain a judgment of dissolution of marriage and ..... (specified person) adopts my child. I understand that I cannot change my mind and revoke this consent if ...... (specified persons) obtain a judgment of dissolution of marriage before the adoption is final. I understand that this consent to adoption has no effect on who will get custody of my child if ..... (specified persons) obtain a judgment of dissolution of marriage after the adoption is final. I understand that if either ..... (specified persons) dies before the petition to adopt my child is granted, then the surviving person may adopt my child. I understand that I cannot change my mind and revoke this consent or obtain or recover custody of my child if the surviving person adopts my child.
    A consent to standby adoption by specified persons on this form shall have no effect on a court's determination of custody or visitation under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act if the marriage of the specified persons is dissolved before the adoption is final.
    (3) The form of the certificate of acknowledgement for a Final and Irrevocable Consent for Standby Adoption shall be substantially as follows:
 
STATE OF .....)
              ) SS.
COUNTY OF ....)
 
    I, ....... (name of Judge or other person) ..... (official title, name, and address), certify that ......., personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing Final and Irrevocable Consent to Standby Adoption, appeared before me this day in person and acknowledged that (she) (he) signed and delivered the consent as (her) (his) free and voluntary act, for the specified purpose.
    I have fully explained that this consent to adoption is valid only if the petition to adopt is filed, and that if the specified person or persons, for any reason, cannot or will not adopt the child or if the adoption petition is denied, then this consent will be void. I have fully explained that if the specified person or persons adopt the child, by signing this consent (she) (he) is irrevocably and permanently relinquishing all parental rights to the child, and (she) (he) has stated that such is (her) (his) intention and desire.
    Dated (insert date).
    Signature ..............................
    (4) If a consent to standby adoption is executed in this form, the consent shall be valid only if the specified person or persons adopt the child. The consent shall be void if:
    (a) the specified person or persons do not file a petition for standby adoption of the child; or
    (b) a court denies the standby adoption petition.
    The parent shall not need to take further action to revoke the consent if the standby adoption by the specified person or persons does not occur, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 11 of this Act.
    C. The form of surrender to any agency given by a parent of a born child who is to be subsequently placed for adoption shall be substantially as follows and shall contain such other facts and statements as the particular agency shall require.
FINAL AND IRREVOCABLE SURRENDER
FOR PURPOSES OF ADOPTION
    I, .... (relationship, e.g., mother, father, relative, guardian) of ...., a ..male child, state:
    That such child was born on ...., at .....
    That I reside at ...., County of ...., and State of .....
    That I am of the age of .... years.
    That I do hereby surrender and entrust the entire custody and control of such child to the .... (the "Agency"), a (public) (licensed) child welfare agency with its principal office in the City of ...., County of .... and State of ...., for the purpose of enabling it to care for and supervise the care of such child, to place such child for adoption and to consent to the legal adoption of such child.
    That I hereby grant to the Agency full power and authority to place such child with any person or persons it may in its sole discretion select to become the adopting parent or parents and to consent to the legal adoption of such child by such person or persons; and to take any and all measures which, in the judgment of the Agency, may be for the best interests of such child, including authorizing medical, surgical and dental care and treatment including inoculation and anaesthesia for such child.
    That I wish to and understand that by signing this surrender I do irrevocably and permanently give up all custody and other parental rights I have to such child.
    That I understand I cannot under any circumstances, after signing this surrender, change my mind and revoke or cancel this surrender or obtain or recover custody or any other rights over such child.
    That I have read and understand the above and I am signing it as my free and voluntary act.
    Dated (insert date).
........................
    C-5. The form of a Final and Irrevocable Designated Surrender for Purposes of Adoption to any agency given by a parent of a born child who is to be subsequently placed for adoption is to be used by legal parents only. The form shall be substantially as follows and shall contain such other facts and statements as the particular agency shall require:
FINAL AND IRREVOCABLE DESIGNATED SURRENDER
FOR PURPOSES OF ADOPTION
    I, .... (relationship, e.g., mother, father, relative, guardian) of ...., a ..male child, state:
    1. That such child was born on ...., at .....
    2. That I reside at ...., County of ...., and State of .....
    3. That I am of the age of .... years.
    4. That I do hereby surrender and entrust the entire custody and control of such child to the .... (the "Agency"), a (public) (licensed) child welfare agency with its principal office in the City of ...., County of .... and State of ...., for the purpose of enabling it to care for and supervise the care of such child, to place such child for adoption with ............................. (specified person or persons) and to consent to the legal adoption of such child and to take any and all measures which, in the judgment of the Agency, may be for the best interests of such child, including authorizing medical, surgical and dental care and treatment including inoculation and anesthesia for such child.
    5. That I wish to and understand that by signing this surrender I do irrevocably and permanently give up all custody and other parental rights I have to such child.
    6. That if the petition for adoption is not filed by the specified person or persons designated herein or, if the petition for adoption is filed but the adoption petition is dismissed with prejudice or the adoption proceeding is otherwise concluded without an order declaring the child to be the adopted child of each specified person, then I understand that the Agency will provide notice to me within 10 business days and that such notice will be directed to me using the contact information I have provided to the Agency. I understand that I will have 10 business days from the date that the Agency sends me its notice to respond, within which time I may choose to designate other adoptive parent(s). However, I acknowledge that the Agency has full power and authority to place the child for adoption with any person or persons it may in its sole discretion select to become the adopting parent or parents and to consent to the legal adoption of the child by such person or persons.
    7. That I acknowledge that this surrender is valid even if the specified persons separate or divorce or one of the specified persons dies prior to the entry of the final judgment for adoption.
    8. That I expressly acknowledge that the above paragraphs 6 and 7 do not impair the validity and absolute finality of this surrender under any circumstance.
    9. That I understand that I have a remaining obligation to keep the Agency informed of my current contact information until the adoption of the child has been finalized if I wish to be notified in the event the adoption by the specified person(s) cannot proceed.
    10. That I understand I cannot under any circumstances, after signing this surrender, change my mind and revoke or cancel this surrender or obtain or recover custody or any other rights over such child.
    11. That I have read and understand the above and I am signing it as my free and voluntary act.
    Dated (insert date).
..............................
    D. The form of surrender to an agency given by a parent of an unborn child who is to be subsequently placed for adoption shall be substantially as follows and shall contain such other facts and statements as the particular agency shall require.
SURRENDER OF UNBORN CHILD FOR
PURPOSES OF ADOPTION
    I, .... (father), state:
    That I am the father of a child expected to be born on or about .... to .... (name of mother).
    That I reside at ...., County of ...., and State of .....
    That I am of the age of .... years.
    That I do hereby surrender and entrust the entire custody and control of such child to the .... (the "Agency"), a (public) (licensed) child welfare agency with its principal office in the City of ...., County of .... and State of ...., for the purpose of enabling it to care for and supervise the care of such child, to place such child for adoption and to consent to the legal adoption of such child, and that I have not previously executed a consent or surrender with respect to such child.
    That I hereby grant to the Agency full power and authority to place such child with any person or persons it may in its sole discretion select to become the adopting parent or parents and to consent to the legal adoption of such child by such person or persons; and to take any and all measures which, in the judgment of the Agency, may be for the best interests of such child, including authorizing medical, surgical and dental care and treatment, including inoculation and anaesthesia for such child.
    That I wish to and understand that by signing this surrender I do irrevocably and permanently give up all custody and other parental rights I have to such child.
    That I understand I cannot under any circumstances, after signing this surrender, change my mind and revoke or cancel this surrender or obtain or recover custody or any other rights over such child, except that I have the right to revoke this surrender by giving written notice of my revocation not later than 72 hours after the birth of such child.
    That I have read and understand the above and I am signing it as my free and voluntary act.
    Dated (insert date).
........................
    E. The form of consent required from the parents for the adoption of an adult, when such adult elects to obtain such consent, shall be substantially as follows:
CONSENT
    I, ...., (father) (mother) of ...., an adult, state:
    That I reside at ...., County of .... and State of .....
    That I do hereby consent and agree to the adoption of such adult by .... and .....
    Dated (insert date).
.........................
    F. The form of consent required for the adoption of a child of the age of 14 years or over, or of an adult, to be given by such person, shall be substantially as follows:
CONSENT
    I, ...., state:
    That I reside at ...., County of .... and State of ..... That I am of the age of .... years. That I hereby enter my appearance in this proceeding and waive service of summons on me. That I consent and agree to my adoption by .... and .....
    Dated (insert date).
........................
    G. The form of consent given by an agency to the adoption by specified persons of a child previously surrendered to it shall set forth that the agency has the authority to execute such consent. The form of consent given by a guardian of the person of a child sought to be adopted, appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction, shall set forth the facts of such appointment and the authority of the guardian to execute such consent.
    H. A consent (other than that given by an agency, or guardian of the person of the child sought to be adopted who was appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction) shall be acknowledged by a parent before a judge of a court of competent jurisdiction or, except as otherwise provided in this Act, before a representative of an agency, or before a person, other than the attorney for the prospective adoptive parent or parents, designated by a court of competent jurisdiction.
    I. A surrender, or any other document equivalent to a surrender, by which a child is surrendered to an agency shall be acknowledged by the person signing such surrender, or other document, before a judge of a court of competent jurisdiction, or, except as otherwise provided in this Act, before a representative of an agency, or before a person designated by a court of competent jurisdiction.
    J. The form of the certificate of acknowledgment for a consent, a surrender, or any other document equivalent to a surrender, shall be substantially as follows:
STATE OF ....)
             ) SS.
COUNTY OF ...)
    I, .... (Name of judge or other person), .... (official title, name and location of court or status or position of other person), certify that ...., personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing (consent) (surrender), appeared before me this day in person and acknowledged that (she) (he) signed and delivered such (consent) (surrender) as (her) (his) free and voluntary act, for the specified purpose.
    I have fully explained that by signing such (consent) (surrender) (she) (he) is irrevocably relinquishing all parental rights to such child or adult and (she) (he) has stated that such is (her) (his) intention and desire. (Add if Consent only) I am further satisfied that, before signing this Consent, ........ has read, or has had read to him or her, the Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities-Private Form.
    Dated (insert date).
    Signature ...............
    K. When the execution of a consent or a surrender is acknowledged before someone other than a judge, such other person shall have his or her signature on the certificate acknowledged before a notary public, in form substantially as follows:
STATE OF ....)
             ) SS.
COUNTY OF ...)
    I, a Notary Public, in and for the County of ......, in the State of ......, certify that ...., personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing certificate of acknowledgment, appeared before me in person and acknowledged that (she) (he) signed such certificate as (her) (his) free and voluntary act and that the statements made in the certificate are true.
    Dated (insert date).     
Signature ...................... Notary Public
(official seal)

 
    There shall be attached a certificate of magistracy, or other comparable proof of office of the notary public satisfactory to the court, to a consent signed and acknowledged in another state.
    L. A surrender or consent executed and acknowledged outside of this State, either in accordance with the law of this State or in accordance with the law of the place where executed, is valid.
    M. Where a consent or a surrender is signed in a foreign country, the execution of such consent shall be acknowledged or affirmed in a manner conformable to the law and procedure of such country.
    N. If the person signing a consent or surrender is in the military service of the United States, the execution of such consent or surrender may be acknowledged before a commissioned officer and the signature of such officer on such certificate shall be verified or acknowledged before a notary public or by such other procedure as is then in effect for such division or branch of the armed forces.
    O. (1) The parent or parents of a child in whose interests a petition under Section 2-13 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 is pending may, with the approval of the designated representative of the Department of Children and Family Services ("Department" or "DCFS"), execute a consent to adoption by a specified person or persons:
        (a) in whose physical custody the child has resided
    
for at least 6 months; or
        (b) in whose physical custody at least one sibling of
    
the child who is the subject of this consent has resided for at least 6 months, and the child who is the subject of this consent is currently residing in this foster home; or
        (c) in whose physical custody a child under one year
    
of age has resided for at least 3 months.
    The court may waive the time frames in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) for good cause shown if the court finds it to be in the child's best interests.
    A consent under this subsection O shall be acknowledged by a parent pursuant to subsection H and subsection K of this Section.
    (2) The final and irrevocable consent to adoption by a specified person or persons in a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) case shall be substantially as follows:
FINAL AND IRREVOCABLE CONSENT TO ADOPTION BY
A SPECIFIED PERSON OR PERSONS: DCFS CASE
    I, ......................................, the .................. (mother or father) of a ....male child, state:
        1. My child ............................ (name of
    
child) was born on (insert date) at .................... Hospital in the municipality of ........., in ................ County, State of ...............
        2. I reside at ......................, County of
    
............. and State of ..............
        Mail may also be sent to me at this address
    
............................, in care of .................
        My home telephone number is...........................
        My cell telephone number is...........................
        My e-mail address is..................................
        3. I, ..........................., am .... years old.
        4. I enter my appearance in this action for my child
    
to be adopted by the person or persons specified herein by me and waive service of summons on me in this action only.
        5. I hereby acknowledge that I have been provided a
    
copy of the Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities for DCFS Cases before signing this Consent and that I have had time to read this form or have it read to me and that I understand the rights and responsibilities described in this form. I understand that if I do not receive any of my rights as described in the form, it shall not constitute a basis to revoke this Final and Irrevocable Consent to Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons.
        6. I do hereby consent and agree to the adoption of
    
such child by .......... (specified person or persons) only.
        7. I wish to sign this consent and I understand that
    
by signing this consent I irrevocably and permanently give up all my parental rights I have to my child.
        8. I understand that this consent allows my child to
    
be adopted by .......... only and that I cannot under any circumstances after signing this document change my mind and revoke or cancel this consent.
        9. I understand that this consent will be void if:
            (a) the Department places my child with someone
        
other than the specified person or persons; or
            (b) a court denies the adoption petition for the
        
specified person or persons to adopt my child; or
            (c) the DCFS Guardianship Administrator refuses
        
to consent to my child's adoption by the specified person or persons on the basis that the adoption is not in my child's best interests.
        I understand that if this consent is void I have
    
parental rights to my child, subject to any applicable court orders including those entered under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, unless and until I sign a new consent or surrender or my parental rights are involuntarily terminated. I understand that if this consent is void, my child may be adopted by someone other than the specified person or persons only if I sign a new consent or surrender, or my parental rights are involuntarily terminated. I understand that if this consent is void, the Department will notify me within 30 days using the addresses and telephone numbers I provided in paragraph 2 of this form. I understand that if I receive such a notice, it is very important that I contact the Department immediately, and preferably within 30 days, to have input into the plan for my child's future.
        10. I understand that if a petition for adoption of
    
my child is filed by someone other than the specified person or persons, the Department will notify me within 14 days after the Department becomes aware of the petition. The fact that someone other than the specified person or persons files a petition to adopt my child does not make this consent void.
        11. If a person other than the specified person or
    
persons files a petition to adopt my child or if the consent is void under paragraph 9, the Department will send written notice to me using the mailing address and email address provided by me in paragraph 2 of this form. The Department will also contact me using the telephone numbers I provided in paragraph 2 of this form. It is very important that I let the Department know if any of my contact information changes. If I do not let the Department know if any of my contact information changes, I understand that I may not receive notification from the Department if this consent is void or if someone other than the specified person or persons files a petition to adopt my child. If any of my contact information changes, I should immediately notify:
        Caseworker's name and telephone number:
    .........................................................;
        Agency name, address, zip code, and telephone number:
    .........................................................;
        Supervisor's name and telephone number:
    .........................................................;
    DCFS Advocacy Office for Children and Families:
    
800-232-3798.
        12. I expressly acknowledge that paragraph 9 (and
    
paragraphs 8a and 8b, if applicable) do not impair the validity and finality of this consent under any circumstances.
         13. I have read and understand the above and I am
    
signing it as my free and voluntary act.
        Dated (insert date).
        .............................................
        Signature of parent
    (3) If the parent consents to an adoption by 2 specified persons, then the form shall contain 2 additional paragraphs in substantially the following form:
        8a. If ............... (specified persons) get a
    
divorce or are granted a dissolution of a civil union before the petition to adopt my child is granted, this consent is valid for ........... (specified person) to adopt my child. I understand that I cannot change my mind or revoke this consent or recover custody of my child on the basis that the specified persons divorce or are granted a dissolution of a civil union.
        8b. I understand that if either ...............
    
(specified persons) dies before the petition to adopt my child is granted, this consent remains valid for the surviving person to adopt my child. I understand that I cannot change my mind or revoke this consent or recover custody of my child on the basis that one of the specified persons dies.
    (4) The form of the certificate of acknowledgement for a Final and Irrevocable Consent for Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons: DCFS Case shall be substantially as follows:
 
STATE OF ..............)
                       ) SS.
COUNTY OF .............)
 
    I, .................... (Name of Judge or other person), ..................... (official title, name, and address), certify that ............., personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing Final and Irrevocable Consent for Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons: DCFS Case, appeared before me this day in person and acknowledged that (she)(he) signed and delivered the consent as (her)(his) free and voluntary act, for the specified purpose.
    I have fully explained that by signing this consent this parent is irrevocably and permanently relinquishing all parental rights to the child so that the child may be adopted by a specified person or persons, and this parent has stated that such is (her)(his) intention and desire. I have fully explained that this consent is void only if:
        (a) the placement is disrupted and the child is moved
    
to a different placement; or
        (b) a court denies the petition for adoption; or
        (c) the Department of Children and Family Services
    
Guardianship Administrator refuses to consent to the child's adoption by a specified person or persons on the basis that the adoption is not in the child's best interests.
    Dated (insert date).
    ...............................
    Signature
    (5) If a consent to adoption by a specified person or persons is executed in this form, the following provisions shall apply. The consent shall be valid only for the specified person or persons to adopt the child. The consent shall be void if:
        (a) the placement disrupts and the child is moved to
    
another placement; or
        (b) a court denies the petition for adoption; or
        (c) the Department of Children and Family Services
    
Guardianship Administrator refuses to consent to the child's adoption by the specified person or persons on the basis that the adoption is not in the child's best interests.
    If the consent is void under this Section, the parent shall not need to take further action to revoke the consent. No proceeding for termination of parental rights shall be brought unless the parent who executed the consent to adoption by a specified person or persons has been notified of the proceedings pursuant to Section 7 of this Act or subsection (4) of Section 2-13 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
    (6) The Department of Children and Family Services is authorized to promulgate rules necessary to implement this subsection O.
    (7) (Blank).
    (8) The Department of Children and Family Services shall promulgate a rule and procedures regarding Consents to Adoption by a Specified Person or Persons in DCFS cases. The rule and procedures shall provide for the development of the Birth Parent Rights and Responsibilities Form for DCFS Cases.
    (9) A consent to adoption by specified persons on this consent form shall have no effect on a court's determination of custody or visitation under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act or the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act if the marriage or civil union of the specified persons is dissolved after the adoption is final.
    P. If the person signing a consent is incarcerated or detained in a correctional facility, prison, jail, detention center, or other comparable institution, either in this State or any other jurisdiction, the execution of such consent may be acknowledged before social service personnel of such institution, or before a person designated by a court of competent jurisdiction.
    Q. A consent may be acknowledged telephonically, via audiovisual connection, or other electronic means, provided that a court of competent jurisdiction has entered an order approving the execution of the consent in such manner and has designated an individual to be physically present with the parent executing such consent in order to verify the identity of the parent.
    R. An agency whose representative is acknowledging a consent pursuant to this Section shall be a public child welfare agency, or a child welfare agency, or a child placing agency that is authorized or licensed in the State or jurisdiction in which the consent is signed.
    S. The form of waiver by a putative or legal father of a born or unborn child shall be substantially as follows:
 
FINAL AND IRREVOCABLE
WAIVER OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF PUTATIVE OR LEGAL FATHER

    I, .................... , state under oath or affirm as follows:
        1. That the biological mother ............... has
    
named me as a possible biological or legal father of her minor child who was born, or is expected to be born on ..........., ......, in the City/Town of........., State of ...........
        2. That I understand that the biological mother
    
............. intends to or has placed the child for adoption.
        3. That I reside at ................, in the
    
City/Town of..........., State of ................
        4. That I am ................ years of age and my
    
date of birth is ..............., .............
        5. That I (select one):
            ..... am married to the biological mother.
            ..... am not married to the biological mother and
        
have not been married to the biological mother within 300 days before the child's birth or expected date of child's birth.
            ..... am not currently married to the biological
        
mother, but was married to the biological mother, within 300 days before the child's birth or expected date of child's birth.
        6. That I (select one):
            ..... neither admit nor deny that I am the
        
biological father of the child.
            ..... deny that I am the biological father of the
        
child.
        7. That I hereby agree to the termination of my
    
parental rights, if any, without further notice to me of any proceeding for the adoption of the minor child, even if I have taken any action to establish parental rights or take any such action in the future including registering with any putative father registry.
        8. That I understand that by signing this Waiver I do
    
irrevocably and permanently give up all custody and other parental rights I may have to such child.
        9. That I understand that this Waiver is FINAL AND
    
IRREVOCABLE and that I am permanently barred from contesting any proceeding for the adoption of the child after I sign this Waiver.
        10. That I waive any further service of summons or
    
other pleadings in any proceeding to terminate parental rights, if any to this child, or any proceeding for adoption of this child.
        11. That I understand that if a final judgment or
    
order of adoption for this child is not entered, then any parental rights or responsibilities that I may have remain intact.
        12. That I have read and understand the above and
    
that I am signing it as my free and voluntary act.

 
    Dated: ................... , ..............
    ...........................................
    Signature
 
OATH
I have been duly sworn and I state under oath that I have read and understood this Final and Irrevocable Waiver of Parental Rights of Putative or Legal Father. The facts contained in it are true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I have signed this document as my free and voluntary act in order to facilitate the adoption of the child.
 
..............................
Signature
 
Signed and Sworn before me on
this ............ day
of ..........., 20....
 
...................
Notary Public
(Source: P.A. 97-493, eff. 8-22-11; 97-988, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1063, eff. 1-1-13; 98-463, eff. 8-16-13.)

750 ILCS 50/11

    (750 ILCS 50/11) (from Ch. 40, par. 1513)
    Sec. 11. Consents, surrenders, waivers, irrevocability.
    (a) A consent to adoption or standby adoption by a parent, including a minor, executed and acknowledged in accordance with the provisions of Section 10 of this Act, or a surrender of a child by a parent, including a minor, to an agency for the purpose of adoption shall be irrevocable unless it shall have been obtained by fraud or duress on the part of the person before whom such consent, surrender, or other document equivalent to a surrender is acknowledged pursuant to the provisions of Section 10 of this Act or on the part of the adopting parents or their agents and a court of competent jurisdiction shall so find. No action to void or revoke a consent to or surrender for adoption, including an action based on fraud or duress, may be commenced after 12 months from the date the consent or surrender was executed. The consent or surrender of a parent who is a minor shall not be voidable because of such minority.
    (a-1) A waiver signed by a putative or legal father, including a minor, executed and acknowledged in accordance with Section 10 of this Act, shall be irrevocable unless it shall have been obtained by fraud or duress on the part of the adopting parents or their agents and a court of competent jurisdiction shall so find. No action to void a waiver may be commenced after 12 months from the date the waiver was executed. The waiver of a putative or legal father who is a minor shall not be voidable because of such minority.
    (b) The petitioners in an adoption proceeding are entitled to rely upon a sworn statement of the biological mother of the child to be adopted identifying the father of her child. The affidavit shall be conclusive evidence as to the biological mother regarding the facts stated therein, and shall create a rebuttable presumption of truth as to the biological father only. Except as provided in Section 11 of this Act, the biological mother of the child shall be permanently barred from attacking the proceeding thereafter. The biological mother shall execute such affidavit in writing and under oath. The affidavit shall be executed by the biological mother before or at the time of execution of the consent or surrender, and shall be retained by the court and be a part of the Court's files. The form of affidavit shall be substantially as follows:
AFFIDAVIT OF IDENTIFICATION
    I, ................., the mother of a (male or female) child, state under oath or affirm as follows:
    (1) That the child was born, or is expected to be born, on (insert date), at ......................., in the State of ...................
    (2) That I reside at .................., in the City or Village of ..........., State of ...................
    (3) That I am of the age of ....... years.
    (4) That I acknowledge that I have been asked to identify the father of my child.
    (5) (CHECK ONE)
    .... I know and am identifying the biological father.
    .... I do not know the identity of the biological father.
    .... I am unwilling to identify the biological father.
    (6A) If I know and am identifying the father:
    That the name of the biological father is ....................; his last known home address is ............; his last known work address is ....................; and he is ..... years of age; or he is deceased, having died on (insert date) at .............., in the State of ..................
    (6B) If I do not know the identity of the biological father:
    I do not know who the biological father is; the following is an explanation of why I am unable to identify him:
..............................................................
..............................................................
..............................................................
    (6C) If I am unwilling to identify the biological father:
    I do not wish to name the biological father of the child for the following reasons:
..............................................................
..............................................................
..............................................................
    (7) The physical description of the biological father is: .
..............................................................
..............................................................
    (8) I reaffirm that the information contained in paragraphs 5, 6, and 7, inclusive, is true and correct.
    (9) I have been informed and understand that if I am unwilling, refuse to identify, or misidentify the biological father of the child, absent fraud or duress, I am permanently barred from attacking the proceedings for the adoption of the child at any time after I sign a final and irrevocable consent to adoption or surrender for purposes of adoption.
    (10) I have read this Affidavit and have had the opportunity to review and question it; it was explained to me by ............................; and I am signing it as my free and voluntary act and understand the contents and the results of signing it.
    Dated (insert date).
...................................
Signature
    Under penalties as provided by law under Section 1-109 of the Code of Civil Procedure, the undersigned certifies that the statements set forth in this Affidavit are true and correct.
...................................
Signature
(Source: P.A. 97-493, eff. 8-22-11.)

750 ILCS 50/12

    (750 ILCS 50/12) (from Ch. 40, par. 1514)
    Sec. 12. Consent of child or adult. If, upon the date of the entry of the judgment the person sought to be adopted is of the age of 14 years or upwards, the adoption shall not be made without the consent of such person. Such consent shall be in writing and shall be acknowledged by such person as provided in Section 10 of this Act, provided, that if such person is in need of mental treatment or is intellectually disabled, the court may waive the provisions of this Section. No consent shall be required under this Section if the person sought to be adopted has died before giving such consent.
(Source: P.A. 97-227, eff. 1-1-12.)

750 ILCS 50/12.1

    (750 ILCS 50/12.1)
    Sec. 12.1. Putative Father Registry. The Department of Children and Family Services shall establish a Putative Father Registry for the purpose of determining the identity and location of a putative father of a minor child who is, or is expected to be, the subject of an adoption proceeding, in order to provide notice of such proceeding to the putative father. The Department of Children and Family Services shall establish rules and informational material necessary to implement the provisions of this Section. The Department shall have the authority to set reasonable fees for the use of the Registry. All such fees for the use of the Registry that are received by the Department or its agent shall be deposited into the fund authorized under subsection (b) of Section 25 of the Children and Family Services Act. The Department shall use the moneys in that fund for the purpose of maintaining the Registry.
    (a) The Department shall maintain the following information in the Registry:
        (1) With respect to the putative father:
            (i) Name, including any other names by which the
        
putative father may be known and that he may provide to the Registry;
            (ii) Address at which he may be served with
        
notice of a petition under this Act, including any change of address;
            (iii) Social Security Number;
            (iv) Date of birth; and
            (v) If applicable, a certified copy of an order
        
by a court of this State or of another state or territory of the United States adjudicating the putative father to be the father of the child.
        (2) With respect to the mother of the child:
            (i) Name, including all other names known to the
        
putative father by which the mother may be known;
            (ii) If known to the putative father, her last
        
address;
            (iii) Social Security Number; and
            (iv) Date of birth.
        (3) If known to the putative father, the name,
    
gender, place of birth, and date of birth or anticipated date of birth of the child.
        (4) The date that the Department received the
    
putative father's registration.
        (5) Other information as the Department may by rule
    
determine necessary for the orderly administration of the Registry.
    (b) A putative father may register with the Department before the birth of the child but shall register no later than 30 days after the birth of the child. All registrations shall be in writing and signed by the putative father. No fee shall be charged for the initial registration. The Department shall have no independent obligation to gather the information to be maintained.
    (c) An interested party, including persons intending to adopt a child, a child welfare agency with whom the mother has placed or has given written notice of her intention to place a child for adoption, the mother of the child, or an attorney representing an interested party may request that the Department search the Registry to determine whether a putative father is registered in relation to a child who is or may be the subject to an adoption petition.
    (d) A search of the Registry may be proven by the production of a certified copy of the registration form, or by the certified statement of the administrator of the Registry that after a search, no registration of a putative father in relation to a child who is or may be the subject of an adoption petition could be located.
    (e) Except as otherwise provided, information contained within the Registry is confidential and shall not be published or open to public inspection.
    (f) A person who knowingly or intentionally registers false information under this Section commits a Class B misdemeanor. A person who knowingly or intentionally releases confidential information in violation of this Section commits a Class B misdemeanor.
    (g) Except as provided in subsections (b) or (c) of Section 8 of this Act, a putative father who fails to register with the Putative Father Registry as provided in this Section is barred from thereafter bringing or maintaining any action to assert any interest in the child, unless he proves by clear and convincing evidence that:
        (1) it was not possible for him to register within
    
the period of time specified in subsection (b) of this Section; and
        (2) his failure to register was through no fault of
    
his own; and
        (3) he registered within 10 days after it became
    
possible for him to file.
    A lack of knowledge of the pregnancy or birth is not an acceptable reason for failure to register.
    (h) Except as provided in subsection (b) or (c) of Section 8 of this Act, failure to timely register with the Putative Father Registry (i) shall be deemed to be a waiver and surrender of any right to notice of any hearing in any judicial proceeding for the adoption of the child, and the consent or surrender of that person to the adoption of the child is not required, and (ii) shall constitute an abandonment of the child and shall be prima facie evidence of sufficient grounds to support termination of such father's parental rights under this Act.
    (i) In any adoption proceeding pertaining to a child born out of wedlock, if there is no showing that a putative father has executed a consent or surrender or waived his rights regarding the proposed adoption, certification as specified in subsection (d) shall be filed with the court prior to entry of a final judgment order of adoption.
    (j) The Registry shall not be used to notify a putative father who is the father of a child as a result of criminal sexual abuse or assault as defined under Article 11 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

750 ILCS 50/12a

    (750 ILCS 50/12a) (from Ch. 40, par. 1515)
    Sec. 12a. Notice to putative father.
    1. Upon the written request to any Clerk of any Circuit Court, and upon the payment of a filing fee of $10.00, by any interested party, including persons intending to adopt a child, a child welfare agency with whom the mother has placed or has given written notice of her intention to place a child for adoption, the mother of a child, or any attorney representing an interested party, a notice, the declaration of paternity and the disclaimer of paternity may be served on a putative father in the same manner as Summons is served in other civil proceedings, or, in lieu of personal service, service may be made as follows:
        (a) The person requesting notice shall pay to the
    
Clerk of the Court a mailing fee of $2 plus the cost of U. S. postage for certified or registered mail and furnish to the Clerk an original and one copy of a notice, the declaration of paternity and the disclaimer of paternity together with an Affidavit setting forth the putative father's last known address. The original notice, the declaration of paternity and the disclaimer of paternity shall be retained by the Clerk.
        (b) The Clerk shall forthwith mail to the putative
    
father, at the address appearing in the Affidavit, the copy of the notice, the declaration of paternity and the disclaimer of paternity, by certified mail, return receipt requested; the envelope and return receipt shall bear the return address of the Clerk. The receipt for certified mail shall state the name and address of the addressee, and the date of mailing, and shall be attached to the original notice.
        (c) The return receipt, when returned to the Clerk,
    
shall be attached to the original notice, the declaration of paternity and the disclaimer of paternity, and shall constitute proof of service.
        (d) The Clerk shall note the fact of service in a
    
permanent record.
    2. The notice shall be signed by the Clerk, and may be served on the putative father at any time after conception, and shall read as follows:
    "IN THE MATTER OF NOTICE TO ....., PUTATIVE FATHER.
    You have been identified as the father of a child born or expected to be born on or about (insert date).
    The mother of the child is.....
    The mother has indicated that she intends to place the child for adoption.
    As the alleged father of the child, you have certain legal rights with respect to the child, including the right to notice of the filing of proceedings instituted for the adoption of the child. If you wish to retain your rights with respect to the child, you must file with the Clerk of this Circuit Court of .... County, Illinois, whose address is ...., Illinois, within 30 days after the date of receipt of this notice, the declaration of paternity enclosed herewith stating that you are, in fact, the father of the child and that you intend to retain your legal rights with respect to the child, or request to be notified of any further proceedings with respect to custody or adoption of the child.
    If you do not file such a declaration of paternity, or a request for notice, then whatever legal rights you have with respect to the child, including the right to notice of any future proceedings for the adoption of the child, may be terminated without any further notice to you. When your legal rights with respect to the child are so terminated, you will not be entitled to notice of any proceeding instituted for the adoption of the child.
    If you are not the father of the child, you may file with the Clerk of this Court the disclaimer of paternity enclosed herewith which will be noted in the Clerk's file and you will receive no further notice with respect to the child."
    The declaration of paternity shall be substantially as follows:
"IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
.......... JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, ILLINOIS
.......... County
              )
              )
              )  No.              )
              )
DECLARATION OF PATERNITY WITH ENTRY OF APPEARANCE
I, ........., state as follows:
    (1) That I am ......... years of age; and I reside at ......... in the County of ........., State of .........
    (2) That I have been advised that ........ is the mother of a ...male child named ........ born or expected to be born on or about ......... and that such mother has stated that I am the father of this child.
    (3) I declare that I am the father of this child.
    (4) I understand that the mother of this child wishes to consent to the adoption of this child. I do not consent to the adoption of this child, and I understand that I must return this initial declaration of parentage form to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of ....... County, located at ........., within 30 days of receipt of this notice.
    (5) I further understand that I am also obligated to establish my paternity pursuant to the Parentage Act of 1984 within 30 days of my receiving this notice or, if the child is not yet born, within 30 days after the birth of the child. This proceeding is separate and distinct from the above mailing of initial declaration of paternity; in this second notice, I must state that I am, in fact, the father of said child, and that I intend to retain my legal rights with respect to said child, and request to be notified of any further proceedings with respect to custody or adoption of the child.
    (6) I hereby enter my appearance in the above entitled cause.
OATH
    I have been duly sworn and I say under oath that I have read and understand this Declaration of Paternity With Entry of Appearance. The facts that it contains are true and correct to the best of my knowledge, and I understand that by signing this document I admit my paternity. I have signed this document as my free and voluntary act.
...........
(signature)
Dated (insert date).
Signed and sworn before me on (insert date).
................
(notary public)".

      The disclaimer of paternity shall be substantially as follows:
"IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
.......... JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, ILLINOIS
.......... County
              )
              )
              )  No.              )
              )
DENIAL OF PATERNITY WITH ENTRY OF APPEARANCE
AND CONSENT TO ADOPTION
I, .........., state as follows:
    (1) That I am ..... years of age; and I reside at .......... in the County of .........., State of ...........
    (2) That I have been advised that .......... is the mother of a .....male child named ..... born or expected to be born on or about ..... and that such mother has stated that I am the father of this child.
    (3) I deny that I am the father of this child.
    (4) I further understand that the mother of this child wishes to consent to the adoption of the child. I hereby consent to the adoption of this child, and waive any rights, remedies and defenses that I may now or in the future have as a result of the mother's allegation of the paternity of this child. This consent is being given in order to facilitate the adoption of the child and so that the court may terminate what rights I may have to the child as a result of being named the father by the mother. This consent is not in any manner an admission of paternity.
    (5) I hereby enter my appearance in the above entitled cause and waive service of summons and other pleading.
OATH
    I have been duly sworn and I say under oath that I have read and understood this Denial of Paternity With Entry of Appearance and Consent to Adoption. The facts it contains are true and correct to the best of my knowledge, and I understand that by signing this document I have not admitted paternity. I have signed this document as my free and voluntary act in order to facilitate the adoption of the child.
...........
(signature)
Dated (insert date).
Signed and sworn before me on (insert date).
.................
(notary public)".

      The names of adoptive parents shall not be included in the notice.
    3. If the putative father files a disclaimer of paternity, he shall be deemed not to be the father of the child with respect to any adoption or other proceeding held to terminate the rights of parents as respects such child.
    4. In the event the putative father does not file a declaration of paternity of the child or request for notice within 30 days of service of the above notice, he need not be made a party to or given notice of any proceeding brought for the adoption of the child. An Order or judgment may be entered in such proceeding terminating all of his rights with respect to the child without further notice to him.
    5. If the putative father files a declaration of paternity or a request for notice in accordance with subsection 2, with respect to the child, he shall be given notice in event any proceeding is brought for the adoption of the child.
    6. The Clerk shall maintain separate numbered files and records of requests and proofs of service and all other documents filed pursuant to this article. All such records shall be impounded.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

750 ILCS 50/13

    (750 ILCS 50/13) (from Ch. 40, par. 1516)
    Sec. 13. Interim order. As soon as practicable after the filing of a petition for adoption the court shall hold a hearing for the following purposes:
    A. In other than an adoption of a related child or an adoption through an agency, or of an adult:
        (a) To determine the validity of the consent,
    
provided that the execution of a consent pursuant to this Act shall be prima facie evidence of its validity, and provided that the validity of a consent shall not be affected by the omission therefrom of the names of the petitioners or adopting parents at the time the consent is executed or acknowledged, and further provided that the execution of a consent prior to the filing of a petition for adoption shall not affect its validity.
        (b) To determine whether there is available suitable
    
temporary custodial care for a child sought to be adopted.
    B. In all cases except standby adoptions:
        (a) The court shall appoint some licensed attorney
    
other than the State's attorney acting in his or her official capacity as guardian ad litem to represent a child sought to be adopted. Such guardian ad litem shall have power to consent to the adoption of the child, if such consent is required.
        (b) The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for
    
all named minors or defendants who are persons under legal disability, if any.
        (c) If the petition alleges a person to be unfit
    
pursuant to the provisions of subparagraph (p) of paragraph D of Section 1 of this Act, such person shall be represented by counsel. If such person is indigent or an appearance has not been entered on his behalf at the time the matter is set for hearing, the court shall appoint as counsel for him either the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, the public defender, or, only if no attorney from the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission or the public defender is available, an attorney licensed to practice law in this State.
        (d) If it is proved to the satisfaction of the court,
    
after such investigation as the court deems necessary, that termination of parental rights and temporary commitment of the child to an agency or to a person deemed competent by the court, including petitioners, will be for the welfare of the child, the court may order the child to be so committed and may terminate the parental rights of the parents and declare the child a ward of the court or, if it is not so proved, the court may enter such other order as it shall deem necessary and advisable.
        (e) Before an interim custody order is granted under
    
this Section, service of summons shall be had upon the parent or parents whose rights have not been terminated, except as provided in subsection (f). Reasonable notice and opportunity to be heard shall be given to the parent or parents after service of summons when the address of the parent or parents is available. The party seeking an interim custody order shall make all reasonable efforts to locate the parent or parents of the child or children they are seeking to adopt and to notify the parent or parents of the party's request for an interim custody order pursuant to this Section.
        (f) An interim custody order may be granted without
    
notice upon presentation to the court of a written petition, accompanied by an affidavit, stating that there is an immediate danger to the child and that irreparable harm will result to the child if notice is given to the parent or parents or legal guardian. Upon making a finding that there is an immediate danger to the child if service of process is had upon and notice of hearing is given to the parent or parents or legal guardian prior to the entry of an order granting temporary custody to someone other than a parent or legal guardian, the court may enter an order of temporary custody which shall expire not more than 10 days after its entry. Every ex parte custody order granted without notice shall state the injury which the court sought to avoid by granting the order, the irreparable injury that would have occurred had notice been given, and the reason the order was granted without notice. The matter shall be set down for full hearing before the expiration of the ex parte order and will be heard after service of summons is had upon and notice of hearing is given to the parent or parents or legal guardian. At the hearing the burden of proof shall be upon the party seeking to extend the interim custody order to show that the order was properly granted without notice and that custody should remain with the party seeking to adopt during the pendency of the adoption proceeding. If the interim custody order is extended, the reasons for granting the extension shall be stated in the order.
    C. In the case of a child born outside the United States or a territory thereof, if the petitioners have previously been appointed guardians of such child by a court of competent jurisdiction in a country other than the United States or a territory thereof, the court may order that the petitioners continue as guardians of such child.
    D. In standby adoption cases:
        (a) The court shall appoint a licensed attorney other
    
than the State's Attorney acting in his or her official capacity as guardian ad litem to represent a child sought to be adopted. The guardian ad litem shall have power to consent to the adoption of the child, if consent is required.
        (b) The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for
    
all named minors or defendants who are persons under legal disability, if any.
        (c) The court lacks jurisdiction to proceed on the
    
petition for standby adoption if the child has a living parent, adoptive parent, or adjudicated parent whose rights have not been terminated and whose whereabouts are known, unless the parent consents to the standby adoption or, after receiving notice of the hearing on the standby adoption petition, fails to object to the appointment of a standby adoptive parent at the hearing on the petition.
        (d) The court shall investigate as needed for the
    
welfare of the child and shall determine whether the petitioner or petitioners shall be permitted to adopt.
(Source: P.A. 90-14, eff. 7-1-97; 90-349, eff. 1-1-98; 91-572, eff. 1-1-00.)

750 ILCS 50/13.1

    (750 ILCS 50/13.1)
    Sec. 13.1. Order for standby adoption.
    (a) If it is proved to the satisfaction of the court, after such investigation as the court deems necessary, that the child's parent consents to or fails to object to the standby adoption and adoption by the petitioner will be for the welfare of the child, the court may enter an order for standby adoption. However, the consenting parent's parental rights may not be terminated until consent becomes effective.
    (b) The order for standby adoption shall be final as to all findings and shall be followed in the judgment of adoption unless the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that it is no longer in the best interest of the child for the adoption to be finalized.
    (c) Once the standby adoptive parent receives knowledge of the death of the consenting parent, or the consenting parent requests that a final judgment for adoption be entered, the standby adoptive parent shall have 60 days to apply for a judgment for adoption.
(Source: P.A. 93-732, eff. 1-1-05.)

750 ILCS 50/14

    (750 ILCS 50/14) (from Ch. 40, par. 1517)
    Sec. 14. Judgment.
    (a) Prior to the entry of the judgment for order of adoption in any case other than an adoption of a related child or of an adult, each petitioner and each person, agency, association, corporation, institution, society or organization involved in the adoption of the child, except a child welfare agency, shall execute an affidavit setting forth the hospital and medical costs, legal fees, counseling fees, and any other fees or expenditures paid in accordance with the Adoption Compensation Prohibition Act or Section 12C-70 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
    (b) Before the entry of the judgment for adoption, each child welfare agency involved in the adoption of the child shall file an affidavit concerning the costs, expenses, contributions, fees, compensation, or other things of value which have been given, promised, or received including but not limited to hospital and medical costs, legal fees, social services, living expenses, or any other expenses related to the adoption paid in accordance with the Adoption Compensation Prohibition Act or Section 12C-70 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
    If the total amount paid by the child welfare agency is $4,500 or more, the affidavit shall contain an itemization of expenditures.
    If the total amount paid by the child welfare agency is less than $4,500, the agency may file an unitemized affidavit stating that the total amount paid is less than $4,500 unless the court, in its discretion, requires that agency to file an itemized affidavit.
    (c) No affidavit need be filed in the case of an adoption of a related child or an adult, nor shall an affidavit be required to be filed by a non-consenting parent, or by any judge, or clerk, involved in an official capacity in the adoption proceedings.
    (d) All affidavits filed in accordance with this Section shall be under penalty of perjury and shall include, but are not limited to, hospital and medical costs, legal fees, social services, living expenses or any other expenses related to the adoption or to the placement of the child, whether or not the payments are permitted by applicable laws.
    (e) Upon the expiration of 6 months after the date of any interim order vesting temporary care, custody and control of a child, other than a related child, in the petitioners, entered pursuant to this Act, the petitioners may apply to the court for a judgment of adoption. Notice of such application shall be served by the petitioners upon the investigating agency or the person making such investigation, and the guardian ad litem. After the hearing on such application, at which the petitioners and the child shall appear in person, unless their presence is waived by the court for good cause shown, the court may enter a judgment for adoption, provided the court is satisfied from the report of the investigating agency or the person making the investigation, and from the evidence, if any, introduced, that the adoption is for the welfare of the child and that there is a valid consent, or that no consent is required as provided in Section 8 of this Act.
    (f) A judgment for adoption of a related child, an adult, or a child as to whose adoption an agency or person authorized by law has the right of authority to consent may be entered at any time after service of process and after the return day designated therein.
    (f-5) A standby adoption judgment may be entered upon notice of the death of the consenting parent or upon the consenting parent's request that a final judgment for adoption be entered. The notice must be provided to the court within 60 days after the standby adoptive parent's receipt of knowledge of death of the consenting parent or the consenting parent's request that a final judgment for adoption be entered. If the court finds that adoption is for the welfare of the child and that there is a valid consent, including consent for standby adoption, which is still in effect, or that no consent is required under Section 8 of the Act, a judgment for adoption shall be entered unless the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that it is no longer in the best interest of the child for the adoption to be finalized.
    (g) No special findings of fact or certificate of evidence shall be necessary in any case to support the judgment.
    (h) Only the circuit court that entered the judgment of the adoption may order the issuance of any contents of the court file or that the original birth record of the adoptee be provided to any persons.
(Source: P.A. 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

750 ILCS 50/14.5

    (750 ILCS 50/14.5)
    Sec. 14.5. Petition to adopt by former parent.
    (a) For purposes of this Section, the term "former parent" means a person whose rights were terminated as described in paragraph (1) or (2). A petition to adopt by a former parent may be filed regarding any minor who was a ward of the court under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 when:
        (1) while the minor was under the jurisdiction of
    
the court under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the minor's former parent or former parents surrendered the minor for adoption to an agency legally authorized to place children for adoption, or the minor's former parent or former parents consented to the minor's adoption, or the former parent's or former parents' rights were terminated pursuant to a finding of unfitness pursuant to Section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and a guardian was appointed with the power to consent to adoption pursuant to Section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987; or
        (2) following the appointment of a guardian with the
    
right to consent to the adoption of the minor pursuant to Section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the former parent's or former parents' rights were terminated pursuant to a finding of unfitness pursuant to paragraph (d) of subsection B of Section 13; and
        (3) (i) since the signing of the surrender or
    
consent, or the unfitness finding, the minor remained a ward of the court and was subsequently adopted by an individual or individuals who, at the time of the adoption, were biologically related to the minor as defined in subsection B of Section 1 and (ii) either the adoptive parent has died (or both adoptive parents have died in the case of 2 adoptive parents) and no standby guardian or standby adoptive parent has been appointed for the minor, and no guardian has been appointed by the adoptive parent for the minor through a will; or due to a mental or physical impairment the adoptive parent is no longer able to provide care for the minor and the adoptive parent has consented in open court, or by such means as is approved by the court, to the adoption of the minor by the petitioner; and
        (4) the former parent named in the petition wishes to
    
adopt the minor and meets the criteria established in this Section to adopt; and
        (5) it is in the best interests of the minor to have
    
the petitioner adopt and have parental rights reinstated.
    (b) The petition may be filed by any party or by the former parent now seeking to adopt the minor.
    (c) Where a former parent seeks to have a court order for adoption, the following procedures shall apply:
        (1) In addition to the requirements set out in this
    
Act in Section 5, a petition by a former parent to adopt filed by a former parent shall include the following allegations:
            (A) that his or her parental rights were
        
previously terminated pursuant to Section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987;
            (B) the basis upon which his or her parental
        
rights were terminated;
            (C) that the petitioner is able and willing to
        
resume care, custody, and control of the minor;
            (D) that the adoptive parent of the minor is
        
deceased and no standby guardian or standby adoptive parent has been appointed for the minor, and no guardian has been appointed by the adoptive parent for the minor through a will; or the adoptive parent is no longer able to provide care for the minor due to a mental or physical impairment and has consented to the petitioner's adoption of the minor in open court or by such means as is approved by the court; and
            (E) that it is in the best interests of the minor
        
to be adopted by the petitioner and for the petitioner's parental rights to be reinstated.
        (2) A former parent shall not have standing to file a
    
petition for adoption, where the minor is the subject of a pending petition filed under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. If the minor named in the petition for adoption is not the subject of a pending petition filed under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, a former parent shall have standing to file a petition for adoption only if: the adoptive parent is deceased and no standby guardian or standby adoptive parent has been appointed for the minor, and no guardian has been appointed by the adoptive parent for the minor through a will; or the adoptive parent is no longer able to provide care for the minor due to a mental or physical impairment and has consented to such adoption in open court or by such means as is approved by the court.
    (d) Interim order. Following presentment of a petition for adoption by a former parent concerning a child who was previously named in a petition filed under Article II of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 the following procedures and safeguards shall be employed, in addition to the applicable requirements set out in this Act, and shall be included in the written interim order for the adoption by a former parent:
        (1) In determining the minor's best
    
interests pursuant to Section 2-29 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 and this Act, the Court shall consider, in addition to the factors set forth in subsection 4.05 of Section 1-3 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, the reasons why the case was initially brought to the attention of the juvenile court and adoption proceedings were instituted, the history of the case as it relates to the former parent seeking adoption, and the current circumstances of the former parent for whom adoption is sought.
        (2) In any case involving a child who meets these
    
criteria for adoption by a former parent, the Department of Children and Family Services shall be appointed as the investigator as outlined in Section 6 to conduct an investigation and report to the court (i) the facts and circumstances which raised concerns as to the petitioner's ability and willingness to provide adequate care and protection to children in his or her custody, (ii) an assessment of the petitioner's current ability and willingness to provide adequate care and protection for the child named in the petition, and (iii) any information which might reasonably raise a concern as to the child's safety, well being, or best interests should the court grant the petition to adopt by the former parent.
        (3) In selecting the minor's guardian ad litem,
    
pursuant to subsection B of Section 13, whenever practical, the court shall give preference to the guardian ad litem who represented the minor in the juvenile court proceeding. The guardian ad litem shall have the right to review and copy all records, including juvenile court records relating to the petitioner, the minor, and the minor's siblings and half siblings.
        (4) The report of the investigator and the guardian
    
ad litem shall be presented in writing to the court and shall serve as a basis for the order of court upon the petition for adoption by a former parent.
    (e) Order of adoption.
        (1) If it is proved to the satisfaction of the court
    
that the adoption will be in the best interests of the minor, after such investigation as the court deems necessary, an order of adoption shall be entered.
        (2) An order of adoption shall be final as to all
    
findings and shall be entered in writing.
        (3) Upon the entry of an order granting a petition to
    
adopt by a former parent, all parental rights of the former parent named in the order shall be reinstated and the physical care, custody and control of the minor shall be reinstated to the former parent.
        (4) The order of adoption shall include an order to
    
the Illinois Department of Public Health to issue a new birth certificate for the person who is the subject of the petition for adoption by a former parent.
(Source: P.A. 96-601, eff. 8-21-09.)

750 ILCS 50/14a

    (750 ILCS 50/14a) (from Ch. 40, par. 1518)
    Sec. 14a. After any court has acquired jurisdiction over the person of any child in an adoption proceeding, if such child dies before entry of final judgment, upon petition by the intended adoptive parent or parents suggesting the death of the child and asking that the court proceed in absence of the child to enter a final judgment, in the presence of the adoptive parent or parents who are parties to the record, the court shall proceed to hearing and final judgment to enable the child to have the intended name by adoption. Otherwise the court may dismiss the proceeding.
    In the case of an adoption proceeding commenced after the death of the person sought to be adopted, the intended adoptive parent or parents shall not, by reason of such adoption, acquire any interest in the estate of such deceased person, nor shall the intended adoptive parent or parents acquire any other right or incur any duty or obligation with respect to such deceased person.
(Source: P.A. 89-644, eff. 1-1-97.)

750 ILCS 50/14b

    (750 ILCS 50/14b)
    Sec. 14b. Death of intended adoptive parent prior to entry of judgment. After any court has acquired jurisdiction over the person of any intended adoptive parent in an adoption proceeding, if the intended adoptive parent dies before entry of final judgment, upon petition by the other intended adoptive parent or the child's guardian ad litem suggesting the death of the intended adoptive parent and asking that the court proceed in absence of the deceased intended adoptive parent to enter a final judgment, in the presence of the other intended adoptive parent or the child to be adopted who is a party to the record, the court shall proceed to hearing and final judgment. Otherwise the court may dismiss the proceeding.
    This amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly shall apply to all cases in which the court acquired jurisdiction of the person of any intended adoptive parent in an adoption proceeding, if such jurisdiction was acquired on or after November 1, 1997.
(Source: P.A. 95-601, eff. 9-11-07.)

750 ILCS 50/15

    (750 ILCS 50/15) (from Ch. 40, par. 1519)
    Sec. 15. The welfare of the child shall be the prime consideration in all adoption proceedings. The court in entering a judgment of adoption shall, whenever possible, give custody through adoption to a petitioner or petitioners of the same religious belief as that of the child.
(Source: P.A. 84-452.)

750 ILCS 50/15.1

    (750 ILCS 50/15.1) (from Ch. 40, par. 1519.1)
    Sec. 15.1. (a) Any person over the age of 18, who has cared for a child for a continuous period of one year or more as a foster parent licensed under the Child Care Act of 1969 to operate a foster family home, may apply to the child's guardian with the power to consent to adoption, for such guardian's consent.
    (b) Such guardian shall give preference and first consideration to that application over all other applications for adoption of the child but the guardian's final decision shall be based on the welfare and best interest of the child. In arriving at this decision, the guardian shall consider all relevant factors including but not limited to:
        (1) the wishes of the child;
        (2) the interaction and interrelationship of the
    
child with the applicant to adopt the child;
        (3) the child's need for stability and continuity of
    
relationship with parent figures;
        (4) the wishes of the child's parent as expressed in
    
writing prior to that parent's execution of a consent or surrender for adoption;
        (5) the child's adjustment to his present home,
    
school and community;
        (6) the mental and physical health of all individuals
    
involved;
        (7) the family ties between the child and the
    
applicant to adopt the child and the value of preserving family ties between the child and the child's relatives, including siblings;
        (8) the background, age and living arrangements of
    
the applicant to adopt the child;
        (9) the criminal background check report presented to
    
the court as part of the investigation required under Section 6 of this Act.
    (c) The final determination of the propriety of the adoption shall be within the sole discretion of the court, which shall base its decision on the welfare and best interest of the child. In arriving at this decision, the court shall consider all relevant factors including but not limited to the factors in subsection (b).
    (d) If the court specifically finds that the guardian has abused his discretion by withholding consent to an adoption in violation of the child's welfare and best interests, then the court may grant an adoption, after all of the other provisions of this Act have been complied with, with or without the consent of the guardian with power to consent to adoption. If the court specifically finds that the guardian has abused his discretion by granting consent to an adoption in violation of the child's welfare and best interests, then the court may deny an adoption even though the guardian with power to consent to adoption has consented to it.
(Source: P.A. 90-608, eff. 6-30-98.)

750 ILCS 50/16

    (750 ILCS 50/16) (from Ch. 40, par. 1520)
    Sec. 16. Entry of Judgment.) If, after examination of the report required by Section 6, the court finds a waiver to be for the welfare of the child, the court may, in its discretion, waive the waiting period of 6 months provided in Section 14 and enter a judgment of adoption.
(Source: P.A. 84-452.)

750 ILCS 50/17

    (750 ILCS 50/17) (from Ch. 40, par. 1521)
    Sec. 17. Effect of order terminating parental rights or Judgment of Adoption. After either the entry of an order terminating parental rights or the entry of a judgment of adoption, the natural parents of a child sought to be adopted shall be relieved of all parental responsibility for such child and shall be deprived of all legal rights as respects the child, and the child shall be free from all obligations of maintenance and obedience as respects such natural parents.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

750 ILCS 50/18

    (750 ILCS 50/18) (from Ch. 40, par. 1522)
    Sec. 18. Records confidential.
    (a) The word "illegitimate", the words "born out of wedlock", and words of similar import shall not be used in any adoption proceeding in any respect.
    (b) The court call of adoption proceedings shall not identify any of the parties by name. The parties may be identified by initials or pseudonyms. The case shall be identified by its general number. The names of the lawyers representing the parties may appear on the court call, and the type of application that is being made to the court may also be identified.
    (c) All adoption records maintained by each circuit clerk shall be impounded in accordance with the procedures provided by the Illinois Supreme Court's General Administrative Order on Recordkeeping and shall be opened for examination only upon specific order of the court, which order shall name the person or persons who are to be permitted to examine the file. Certified copies of all papers and documents contained in any file so impounded shall be made only on like order. The guardian ad litem for a minor sought to be adopted shall have the right to inspect the court file without leave of court during the pendency of the proceeding. The attorney of record for the petitioners and other parties may inspect the file only with leave of court. The petitioners to the adoption, the attorney of record for the petitioners, and the guardian ad litem of the person who is the subject of the proceeding shall be entitled to receive certified copies of the order of adoption in the proceeding at any time within 30 days after the entry of the judgment of adoption without order of court. After 30 days from the entry of the judgment of adoption, no copies may be obtained without prior order of court, but good cause is not necessary to be shown by one of the petitioners to the adoption.
    (d) If an appeal is taken from an adoption proceeding, the papers filed in the court of review and the opinion of the reviewing court shall not identify the true names of the parties; instead, initials or pseudonyms shall be used to identify the parties.
(Source: P.A. 86-493; 87-620.)

750 ILCS 50/18.04

    (750 ILCS 50/18.04)
    Sec. 18.04. Original Birth Certificate Access; legislative intent. The General Assembly recognizes that it is the basic right of all persons to access their birth records, and, to this end, supports public policy that allows an adult adoptee to access his or her original birth certificate. The General Assembly further recognizes that there are circumstances under which a birth parent may have compelling reasons for wishing to remain anonymous to a child he or she surrendered for adoption. In an effort to balance these interests, the General Assembly supports public policy that releases a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to an adult adopted person upon request unless a specific request for anonymity has been filed with the Registry by a birth parent named on the original birth certificate.
(Source: P.A. 96-895, eff. 5-21-10.)

750 ILCS 50/18.05

    (750 ILCS 50/18.05)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.05. The Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
    (a) General function. Subject to appropriation, the Department of Public Health shall administer the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange in the manner outlined in subsections (b) and (c) for the purpose of facilitating the voluntary exchange of identifying and medical information between mutually consenting members of birth and adoptive families. The Department shall establish rules for the confidential operation of the Illinois Adoption Registry. The Department shall appoint an OBC-Access Public Information Campaign Oversight Committee comprised of, but not limited to, representatives of the Department of Public Health and the Department of Children and Family Services, as well as representatives of the organizations that serve, as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, on the Illinois Adoption Registry Advisory Council or the Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council. On and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the OBC-Access Public Information Campaign Oversight Committee shall develop and ensure the timely implementation of a year-long, nationwide campaign to be conducted from November 1, 2010, through October 31, 2011, for the express purpose of informing the public in earnest about the conditions under which an adult adopted or surrendered person may receive a non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate, and the procedures pursuant to which a birth parent may file a Birth Parent Preference Form to express his or her wishes with respect to contact with a surrendered son or daughter and the release of identifying information that appears on the original birth certificate. This year-long informational campaign shall include, but not be limited to:
        (1) Public service announcements to be distributed
    
to local and national radio and television stations.
        (2) Notices to be distributed throughout Illinois
    
to physicians' offices, religious institutions, social welfare organizations, retirement homes, and other entities capable of reaching individuals who may be impacted by this change in the law.
        (3) An informational website exclusively devoted
    
to providing the general public with information about the new law as well as other forms of free electronic media.
        (4) Press releases to be distributed to local and
    
national radio and television stations, as well as to relevant websites.
        (5) Announcements about the new law to be posted
    
on the websites of all adoption agencies licensed in the State.
        (6) Notices accompanying every vehicle
    
registration renewal application issued by the Secretary of State's office between October 31, 2010, and November 1, 2011.
        (7) Notices enclosed with driver's license renewal
    
applications issued by the Secretary of State's office beginning 30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly and through November 30, 2014.
    The Illinois Adoption Registry shall also maintain an informational Internet site where interested parties may access information about the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange and download all necessary application forms. The Illinois Adoption Registry shall maintain statistical records regarding Registry participation and publish and circulate to the public informational material about the function and operation of the Registry.
    (b) Establishment of the Adoption/Surrender Records File. When a person has voluntarily registered with the Illinois Adoption Registry and completed an Illinois Adoption Registry Application or a Registration Identification Form, the Registry shall establish a new Adoption/Surrender Records File. Such file may concern an adoption that was finalized by a court action in the State of Illinois, an adoption of a person born in Illinois finalized by a court action in a state other than Illinois or in a foreign country, a surrender taken in the State of Illinois, or an adoption filed according to Section 16.1 of the Vital Records Act under a Record of Foreign Birth that was not finalized by a court action in the State of Illinois. Such file may be established for adoptions or surrenders finalized prior to as well as after the effective date of this amendatory Act. A file may be created in any manner to preserve documents including but not limited to microfilm, optical imaging, or electronic documents.
    (c) Contents of the Adoption/Surrender Records File. An established Adoption/Surrender Records File shall be limited to the following items, to the extent that they are available:
        (1) The General Information Section and Medical
    
Information Exchange Questionnaire of any Illinois Adoption Registry Application or a Registration Identification Form which has been voluntarily completed by any registered party.
        (2) Any photographs voluntarily provided by any
    
registrant for any other registered party at the time of registration or any time thereafter. All such photographs shall be submitted in an unsealed envelope no larger than 8 1/2" x 11", and shall not include identifying information pertaining to any person other than the registrant who submitted them. Any such identifying information shall be redacted by the Department or the information shall be returned for removal of identifying information.
        (3) Any Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of
    
Information Exchange, or Birth Parent Preference Form which has been filed by a registrant.
        (4) For all adoptions finalized after January 1,
    
2000, copies of the original certificate of live birth and the certificate of adoption.
        (5) Any updated address submitted by any registered
    
party about himself or herself.
        (6) Any proof of death that has been submitted by a
    
registrant.
        (7) Any birth certificate that has been submitted by
    
a registrant.
        (8) Any marriage certificate that has been submitted
    
by a registrant.
        (9) Any proof of guardianship that has been submitted
    
by a registrant.
        (10) Any Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an
    
Original Birth Certificate that has been filed with the Registry by an adult adopted or surrendered person or by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has registered with the Registry.
    (d) An established Adoption/Surrender Records File for an adoption filed in Illinois under a Record of Foreign Birth that was not finalized in a court action in the State of Illinois shall be limited to the following items submitted to the State Registrar of Vital Records under Section 16.1 of the Vital Records Act, to the extent that they are available:
        (1) Evidence as to the child's birth date and
    
birthplace (including the country of birth and, if available, the city and province of birth) provided by the original birth certificate, or by a certified copy, extract, or translation thereof or by other document essentially equivalent thereto (the records of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or of the U.S. Department of State to be considered essentially equivalent thereto).
        (2) A certified copy, extract, or translation of the
    
adoption decree or other document essentially equivalent thereto (the records of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or of the U.S. Department of State to be considered essentially equivalent thereto).
        (3) A copy of the IR-3 or IH-3 visa.
        (4) The name and address of the adoption agency that
    
handled the adoption.
(Source: P.A. 96-895, eff. 5-21-10; 97-445, eff. 8-19-11.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.05. The Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
    (a) General function. Subject to appropriation, the Department of Public Health shall administer the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange in the manner outlined in subsections (b) and (c) for the purpose of facilitating the voluntary exchange of identifying and medical information between mutually consenting members of birth and adoptive families. The Department shall establish rules for the confidential operation of the Illinois Adoption Registry. For the express purpose of informing the public in earnest about the conditions under which an adult adopted or surrendered person may receive a non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate, and the procedures pursuant to which a birth parent may file a Birth Parent Preference Form to express his or her wishes with respect to contact with a surrendered son or daughter and the release of identifying information that appears on the original birth certificate provide notices enclosed with driver's license renewal applications issued by the Secretary of State's office through November 30, 2020.
    The Illinois Adoption Registry shall also maintain an informational Internet site where interested parties may access information about the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange and download all necessary application forms. The Illinois Adoption Registry shall maintain statistical records regarding Registry participation and publish and circulate to the public informational material about the function and operation of the Registry.
    (b) Establishment of the Adoption/Surrender Records File. When a person has voluntarily registered with the Illinois Adoption Registry and completed an Illinois Adoption Registry Application or a Registration Identification Form, the Registry shall establish a new Adoption/Surrender Records File. Such file may concern an adoption that was finalized by a court action in the State of Illinois, an adoption of a person born in Illinois finalized by a court action in a state other than Illinois or in a foreign country, a surrender taken in the State of Illinois, or an adoption filed according to Section 16.1 of the Vital Records Act under a Record of Foreign Birth that was not finalized by a court action in the State of Illinois. Such file may be established for adoptions or surrenders finalized prior to as well as after the effective date of this amendatory Act. A file may be created in any manner to preserve documents including but not limited to microfilm, optical imaging, or electronic documents.
    (c) Contents of the Adoption/Surrender Records File. An established Adoption/Surrender Records File shall be limited to the following items, to the extent that they are available:
        (1) The General Information Section and Medical
    
Information Exchange Questionnaire of any Illinois Adoption Registry Application or a Registration Identification Form which has been voluntarily completed by any registered party.
        (2) Any photographs voluntarily provided by any
    
registrant for any other registered party at the time of registration or any time thereafter. All such photographs shall be submitted in an unsealed envelope no larger than 8 1/2" x 11", and shall not include identifying information pertaining to any person other than the registrant who submitted them. Any such identifying information shall be redacted by the Department or the information shall be returned for removal of identifying information.
        (3) Any Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of
    
Information Exchange, or Birth Parent Preference Form which has been filed by a registrant.
        (4) For all adoptions finalized after January 1,
    
2000, copies of the original certificate of live birth and the certificate of adoption.
        (5) Any updated address submitted by any registered
    
party about himself or herself.
        (6) Any proof of death that has been submitted by a
    
registrant.
        (7) Any birth certificate that has been submitted by
    
a registrant.
        (8) Any marriage certificate that has been submitted
    
by a registrant.
        (9) Any proof of guardianship that has been submitted
    
by a registrant.
        (10) Any Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an
    
Original Birth Certificate that has been filed with the Registry by an adult adopted or surrendered person or by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has registered with the Registry.
    (d) An established Adoption/Surrender Records File for an adoption filed in Illinois under a Record of Foreign Birth that was not finalized in a court action in the State of Illinois shall be limited to the following items submitted to the State Registrar of Vital Records under Section 16.1 of the Vital Records Act, to the extent that they are available:
        (1) Evidence as to the child's birth date and
    
birthplace (including the country of birth and, if available, the city and province of birth) provided by the original birth certificate, or by a certified copy, extract, or translation thereof or by other document essentially equivalent thereto (the records of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or of the U.S. Department of State to be considered essentially equivalent thereto).
        (2) A certified copy, extract, or translation of the
    
adoption decree or other document essentially equivalent thereto (the records of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or of the U.S. Department of State to be considered essentially equivalent thereto).
        (3) A copy of the IR-3 or IH-3 visa.
        (4) The name and address of the adoption agency that
    
handled the adoption.
(Source: P.A. 97-445, eff. 8-19-11; 98-704, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/18.06

    (750 ILCS 50/18.06)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.06. Definitions. When used in Sections 18.05 through Section 18.6, for the purposes of the Registry:
    "Adopted person" means a person who was adopted pursuant to the laws in effect at the time of the adoption.
    "Adoptive parent" means a person who has become a parent through the legal process of adoption.
    "Adult child" means the biological child 21 years of age or over of a deceased adopted or surrendered person.
    "Adult adopted or surrendered person" means an adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over.
    "Agency" means a public child welfare agency or a licensed child welfare agency.
    "Birth aunt" means the adult full or half sister of a deceased birth parent.
    "Birth father" means the biological father of an adopted or surrendered person who is named on the original certificate of live birth or on a consent or surrender document, or a biological father whose paternity has been established by a judgment or order of the court, pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984.
    "Birth mother" means the biological mother of an adopted or surrendered person.
    "Birth parent" means a birth mother or birth father of an adopted or surrendered person.
    "Birth Parent Preference Form" means the form prepared by the Department of Public Health pursuant to Section 18.2 completed by a birth parent registrant and filed with the Registry that indicates the birth parent's preferences regarding contact and, if applicable, the release of his or her identifying information on the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate released to an adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has filed a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate.
    "Birth relative" means a birth mother, birth father, birth sibling, birth aunt, or birth uncle.
    "Birth sibling" means the adult full or half sibling of an adopted or surrendered person.
    "Birth uncle" means the adult full or half brother of a deceased birth parent.
    "Confidential intermediary" means an individual certified by the Department of Children and Family Services pursuant to Section 18.3a(e).
    "Denial of Information Exchange" means an affidavit completed by a registrant with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange denying the release of identifying information which has been filed with the Registry.
    "Information Exchange Authorization" means an affidavit completed by a registrant with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange authorizing the release of identifying information which has been filed with the Registry.
    "Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire" means the medical history questionnaire completed by a registrant of the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
    "Non-certified Copy of the Original Birth Certificate" means a non-certified copy of the original certificate of live birth of an adult adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois.
    "Proof of death" means a death certificate.
    "Registrant" or "Registered Party" means a birth parent, birth sibling, birth aunt, birth uncle, adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over, adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21, or adoptive parent, surviving spouse, or adult child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has filed an Illinois Adoption Registry Application or Registration Identification Form with the Registry.
    "Registry" means the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
    "Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate" means an affidavit completed by an adult adopted or surrendered person or by the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person and filed with the Registry requesting a non-certified copy of an adult adopted or surrendered person's original certificate of live birth in Illinois.
    "Surrendered person" means a person whose parents' rights have been surrendered or terminated but who has not been adopted.
    "Surviving spouse" means the wife or husband, 21 years of age or older, of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who would be 21 years of age or older if still alive and who has one or more surviving biological children who are under the age of 21.
    "18.3 statement" means a statement regarding the disclosure of identifying information signed by a birth parent under Section 18.3 of this Act as it existed immediately prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 96-895, eff. 5-21-10; 97-110, eff. 7-14-11.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.06. Definitions. When used in Sections 18.05 through Section 18.6, for the purposes of the Registry:
    "Adopted person" means a person who was adopted pursuant to the laws in effect at the time of the adoption.
    "Adoptive parent" means a person who has become a parent through the legal process of adoption.
    "Adult child" means the biological child 21 years of age or over of a deceased adopted or surrendered person.
    "Adult grandchild" means the biological grandchild 21 years of age or over of a deceased adopted or surrendered person.
    "Adult adopted or surrendered person" means an adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over.
    "Agency" means a public child welfare agency or a licensed child welfare agency.
    "Birth aunt" means the adult full or half sister of a deceased birth parent.
    "Birth father" means the biological father of an adopted or surrendered person who is named on the original certificate of live birth or on a consent or surrender document, or a biological father whose paternity has been established by a judgment or order of the court, pursuant to the Illinois Parentage Act of 1984.
    "Birth mother" means the biological mother of an adopted or surrendered person.
    "Birth parent" means a birth mother or birth father of an adopted or surrendered person.
    "Birth Parent Preference Form" means the form prepared by the Department of Public Health pursuant to Section 18.2 completed by a birth parent registrant and filed with the Registry that indicates the birth parent's preferences regarding contact and, if applicable, the release of his or her identifying information on the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate released to an adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has filed a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate.
    "Birth relative" means a birth mother, birth father, birth sibling, birth aunt, or birth uncle.
    "Birth sibling" means the adult full or half sibling of an adopted or surrendered person.
    "Birth uncle" means the adult full or half brother of a deceased birth parent.
    "Confidential intermediary" means an individual certified by the Department of Children and Family Services pursuant to Section 18.3a(e).
    "Denial of Information Exchange" means an affidavit completed by a registrant with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange denying the release of identifying information which has been filed with the Registry.
    "Information Exchange Authorization" means an affidavit completed by a registrant with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange authorizing the release of identifying information which has been filed with the Registry.
    "Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire" means the medical history questionnaire completed by a registrant of the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
    "Non-certified Copy of the Original Birth Certificate" means a non-certified copy of the original certificate of live birth of an adult adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois.
    "Proof of death" means a death certificate.
    "Registrant" or "Registered Party" means a birth parent, birth sibling, birth aunt, birth uncle, adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over, adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21, or adoptive parent, surviving spouse, or adult child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has filed an Illinois Adoption Registry Application or Registration Identification Form with the Registry.
    "Registry" means the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
    "Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate" means an affidavit completed by an adult adopted or surrendered person or by the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person and filed with the Registry requesting a non-certified copy of an adult adopted or surrendered person's original certificate of live birth in Illinois.
    "Surrendered person" means a person whose parents' rights have been surrendered or terminated but who has not been adopted.
    "Surviving spouse" means the wife or husband, 21 years of age or older, of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who would be 21 years of age or older if still alive and who has one or more surviving biological children who are under the age of 21.
    "18.3 statement" means a statement regarding the disclosure of identifying information signed by a birth parent under Section 18.3 of this Act as it existed immediately prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 97-110, eff. 7-14-11; 98-704, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/18.07

    (750 ILCS 50/18.07)
    Sec. 18.07. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 96-895, eff. 5-21-10. Repealed by P.A. 97-1063, eff. 1-1-13.)

750 ILCS 50/18.08

    (750 ILCS 50/18.08)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.08. Adoption Advisory Council.
    (a) There shall be established under the Department of Public Health and the Department of Children and Family Services the Adoption Advisory Council. The Council shall include:
        (1) the Director of the Department of Public
    
Health, or his or her designee, who shall serve as the co-chairperson of the Council;
        (2) the Director of the Department of Children and
    
Family Services, or his or her designee, who shall serve as the co-chairperson of the Council;
        (3) an attorney representing the Attorney
    
General's Office appointed by the Attorney General;
        (4) a currently certified confidential
    
intermediary appointed by the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services;
        (5) one representative from each of the following
    
organizations appointed by the Director of the Department of Public Health: Adoption Advocates of America, Adoptive Families Today, Catholic Conference of Illinois, Chicago Area Families for Adoption, Chicago Bar Association, Child Care Association of Illinois, Children Remembered, Inc., Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois, Child Welfare Advisory Council, The Cradle, Healing Hearts, Illinois Foster Parents Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Jewish Children's Bureau, LDS Social Services, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Maryville Academy, Midwest Adoption Center, St. Mary's Services, Stars of David, and Truthseekers in Adoption;
        (6) 5 additional members appointed by the Director
    
of the Department of Children and Family Services who shall, when making those appointments, consider advocates for adopted persons, adoptive parents, or birth parents, lawyers who represent clients in private adoptions, lawyers specializing in privacy law, and representatives of agencies involved in adoptions;
        (7) an attorney from the Department of Children and
    
Family Services, who shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting advisor to the Council; and
        (8) the person directly responsible for
    
administering the confidential intermediary program, who shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting advisor to the Council.
    (b) If any one of the named organizations in item (5) of subsection (a) notifies the Director of the Department of Public Health or the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services in writing that the organization does not wish to participate on the Adoption Advisory Council or that the organization is no longer functioning, the Directors may designate another organization that represents the same constituency as the named organization to replace the named organization on the Council.
    (c) Council members shall receive no compensation for their service. The Council shall meet no less often than once every 6 months and shall meet as the Director of the Department of Public Health or the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services deems necessary. The Council shall have only an advisory role to the Directors and may make recommendations to the pertinent Department regarding the development of rules, procedures, and forms that will promote the efficient and effective operation of (i) the Illinois Adoption Registry, (ii) the Office of Vital Records as it pertains to the Registry and to access to the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate, and (iii) the Confidential Intermediary Program in Illinois. The Council will also serve in an advisory capacity regarding the effective delivery of adult post-adoption services in Illinois, including:
        (1) advising the Department of Public Health on the
    
development of rules, procedures, and forms utilized by the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange;
        (2) making recommendations regarding the
    
procedures, tools, and technology that will promote efficient and effective operation of the Registry;
        (3) assisting the Department of Public Health with
    
the development, publication, and circulation of an informational pamphlet that describes the purpose, function, and mechanics of the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange, including information about who is eligible to register and how to register; information about the questions and concerns that registrants may develop when they register or when they receive information from the Registry; and a list of services, programs, groups, and informational websites that are available to assist registrants with their questions and concerns;
        (4) collecting, compiling, and reviewing
    
statistical data and empirical information concerning the procedures in the Registry including, but not limited to, data concerning the filing of Denials of Information Exchange, Information Exchange Authorizations, Requests for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate, and Birth Parent Preference Forms;
        (5) making recommendations to the Director of the
    
Department of Children and Family Services regarding the standards for certification for confidential intermediaries;
        (6) making recommendations to the Director of the
    
Department of Children and Family Services concerning oversight methods used to verify that intermediaries are complying with the appropriate laws;
        (7) assisting the Department of Children and Family
    
Services with training for confidential intermediaries, including training with respect to federal and State privacy laws;
        (8) reviewing the relationship between confidential
    
intermediaries and the court system and making recommendations to the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services concerning sample orders that define the scope of the intermediaries' access to information;
        (9) considering any recent violations of policy or
    
procedures by confidential intermediaries and remedial steps, including decertification, which might be recommended to the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services so as to prevent future violations; and
        (10) reviewing reports from the Department of
    
Children and Family Services submitted by July 1 and January 1 of each year in order detailing the penalties assessed and collected, the amounts of related deposits into the DCFS Children's Services Fund, and any expenditures from such deposits.
    (d) Within 45 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, both the Adoption Registry Advisory Council and the Confidential Intermediary Council shall, notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, turn over the Council's records to the Adoption Advisory Council and cease to function.
(Source: P.A. 97-1063, eff. 1-1-13.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.08. Adoption Registry-Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council.
    (a) There shall be established under the Department of Public Health and the Department of Children and Family Services the Adoption Registry-Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council. The Council shall include:
        (1) the Director of the Department of Public
    
Health, or his or her designee, who shall serve as the co-chairperson of the Council;
        (2) the Director of the Department of Children and
    
Family Services, or his or her designee, who shall serve as the co-chairperson of the Council;
        (3) an attorney representing the Attorney
    
General's Office appointed by the Attorney General;
        (4) a currently certified confidential
    
intermediary appointed by the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services;
        (5) one representative from each of the following
    
organizations appointed by the Director of the Department of Public Health: Adoption Advocates of America, Adoptive Families Today, Catholic Conference of Illinois, Chicago Area Families for Adoption, Chicago Bar Association, Child Care Association of Illinois, Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois, Child Welfare Advisory Council, The Cradle, Healing Hearts, Illinois Foster Parents Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois State Medical Society, Jewish Children's Bureau, LDS Social Services, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Maryville Academy, Midwest Adoption Center, St. Mary's Services, Stars of David, Truthseekers in Adoption, and White Oak Foundation;
        (6) 5 additional members appointed by the Director
    
of the Department of Children and Family Services who shall, when making those appointments, consider advocates for adopted persons, adoptive parents, or birth parents, lawyers who represent clients in private adoptions, lawyers specializing in privacy law, and representatives of agencies involved in adoptions;
        (7) an attorney from the Department of Children and
    
Family Services, who shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting advisor to the Council; and
        (8) the person directly responsible for
    
administering the confidential intermediary program, who shall serve as an ex-officio, non-voting advisor to the Council.
    (b) If any one of the named organizations in item (5) of subsection (a) notifies the Director of the Department of Public Health or the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services in writing that the organization does not wish to participate on the Adoption Registry-Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council or that the organization is no longer functioning, the Directors may designate another organization that represents the same constituency as the named organization to replace the named organization on the Council.
    (c) Council members shall receive no compensation for their service. The Council shall meet no less often than once every 6 months and shall meet as the Director of the Department of Public Health or the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services deems necessary. The Council shall have only an advisory role to the Directors and may make recommendations to the pertinent Department regarding the development of rules, procedures, and forms that will promote the efficient and effective operation of (i) the Illinois Adoption Registry, (ii) the Office of Vital Records as it pertains to the Registry and to access to the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate, and (iii) the Confidential Intermediary Program in Illinois. The Council will also serve in an advisory capacity regarding the effective delivery of adult post-adoption services in Illinois, including:
        (1) advising the Department of Public Health on the
    
development of rules, procedures, and forms utilized by the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange;
        (2) making recommendations regarding the
    
procedures, tools, and technology that will promote efficient and effective operation of the Registry;
        (3) assisting the Department of Public Health with
    
the development, publication, and circulation of an informational pamphlet that describes the purpose, function, and mechanics of the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange, including information about who is eligible to register and how to register; information about the questions and concerns that registrants may develop when they register or when they receive information from the Registry; and a list of services, programs, groups, and informational websites that are available to assist registrants with their questions and concerns;
        (4) collecting, compiling, and reviewing
    
statistical data and empirical information concerning the procedures in the Registry including, but not limited to, data concerning the filing of Denials of Information Exchange, Information Exchange Authorizations, Requests for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate, and Birth Parent Preference Forms;
        (5) making recommendations to the Director of the
    
Department of Children and Family Services regarding the standards for certification for confidential intermediaries;
        (6) making recommendations to the Director of the
    
Department of Children and Family Services concerning oversight methods used to verify that intermediaries are complying with the appropriate laws;
        (7) assisting the Department of Children and Family
    
Services with training for confidential intermediaries, including training with respect to federal and State privacy laws;
        (8) reviewing the relationship between confidential
    
intermediaries and the court system and making recommendations to the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services concerning sample orders that define the scope of the intermediaries' access to information;
        (9) considering any recent violations of policy or
    
procedures by confidential intermediaries and remedial steps, including decertification, which might be recommended to the Director of the Department of Children and Family Services so as to prevent future violations; and
        (10) reviewing reports from the Department of
    
Children and Family Services submitted by July 1 and January 1 of each year in order detailing the penalties assessed and collected, the amounts of related deposits into the DCFS Children's Services Fund, and any expenditures from such deposits.
    (d) Within 45 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, both the Adoption Registry Advisory Council and the Confidential Intermediary Council shall, notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, turn over the Council's records to the Adoption Registry-Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council and cease to function.
(Source: P.A. 97-1063, eff. 1-1-13; 98-704, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/18.1

    (750 ILCS 50/18.1) (from Ch. 40, par. 1522.1)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.1. Disclosure of identifying information.
    (a) The Department of Public Health shall establish and maintain a Registry for the purpose of allowing mutually consenting members of birth and adoptive families to exchange identifying and medical information. Identifying information for the purpose of this Act shall mean any one or more of the following:
        (1) The name and last known address of the consenting
    
person or persons.
        (2) A copy of the Illinois Adoption Registry
    
Application of the consenting person or persons.
        (3) A non-certified copy of the original birth
    
certificate of an adult adopted or surrendered person.
    (b) Written authorization from all parties identified must be received prior to disclosure of any identifying information, with the exception of non-certified copies of original birth certificates released to adult adopted or surrendered persons or to surviving adult children and surviving spouses of deceased adopted or surrendered persons pursuant to the procedures outlined in Section 18.1b(e).
    (c) At any time after a child is surrendered for adoption, or at any time during the adoption proceedings or at any time thereafter, either birth parent or both of them may file with the Registry a Birth Parent Registration Identification Form.
    (d) A birth sibling 21 years of age or over who was not surrendered for adoption and who has submitted a copy of his or her birth certificate as well as proof of death for a deceased birth parent and such birth parent did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected with the Registry prior to his or her death may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (e) A birth aunt or birth uncle who has submitted birth certificates for himself or herself and for a deceased birth parent naming at least one common biological parent as well as proof of death for the deceased birth parent and such birth parent did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected with the Registry prior to his or her death may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (f) Any adopted person 21 years of age or over, any surrendered person 21 years of age or over, or any adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21 may file with the Registry a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (g) Any adult child 21 years of age or over of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has submitted a copy of his or her birth certificate naming an adopted or surrendered person as his or her biological parent as well as proof of death for the deceased adopted or surrendered person and such adopted or surrendered person did not file a Denial of Information Exchange with the Registry prior to his or her death may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (h) Any surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over who has submitted proof of death for the deceased adopted or surrendered person and such adopted or surrendered person did not file a Denial of Information Exchange with the Registry prior to his or her death as well as a birth certificate naming themselves and the adopted or surrendered person as the parents of a minor child under the age of 21 may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (i) Any adoptive parent or legal guardian of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who is 21 years of age or over who has submitted proof of death as well as proof of parentage or guardianship for the deceased adopted or surrendered person and such adopted or surrendered person did not file a Denial of Information Exchange with the Registry prior to his or her death may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (j) The Department of Public Health shall supply to the adopted or surrendered person or his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children or surviving spouse, and to the birth parents identifying information only if both the adopted or surrendered person, or one of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children or his or her surviving spouse, and the birth parents have filed with the Registry an Information Exchange Authorization or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option A, B, or C was selected and the information at the Registry indicates that the consenting adopted or surrendered person, the child of the consenting adoptive parents or legal guardians, the parent of the consenting adult child of the adopted or surrendered person, or the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse is the child of the consenting birth parents, except identifying information that appears on a non-certified copy of an original birth certificate may be provided to an adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person pursuant to the procedures outlined in Section 18.1b(e) of this Act.
    The Department of Public Health shall supply to adopted or surrendered persons who are birth siblings identifying information only if both siblings have filed with the Registry an Information Exchange Authorization and the information at the Registry indicates that the consenting siblings have one or both birth parents in common. Identifying information shall be supplied to consenting birth siblings who were adopted or surrendered if any such sibling is 21 years of age or over. Identifying information shall be supplied to consenting birth siblings who were not adopted or surrendered if any such sibling is 21 years of age or over and has proof of death of the common birth parent and such birth parent did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected with the Registry prior to his or her death.
    (k) The Department of Public Health shall supply to the adopted or surrendered person or his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children or surviving spouse, and to a birth aunt identifying information only if both the adopted or surrendered person or one of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children or his or her surviving spouse, and the birth aunt have filed with the Registry an Information Exchange Authorization and the information at the Registry indicates that the consenting adopted or surrendered person, or the child of the consenting adoptive parents or legal guardians, or the parent of the consenting adult child, or the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse of the adopted or surrendered person is or was the child of the brother or sister of the consenting birth aunt.
    (l) The Department of Public Health shall supply to the adopted or surrendered person or his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children or surviving spouse, and to a birth uncle identifying information only if both the adopted or surrendered person or one of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children or his or her surviving spouse, and the birth uncle have filed with the Registry an Information Exchange Authorization and the information at the Registry indicates that the consenting adopted or surrendered person, or the child of the consenting adoptive parents or legal guardians, or the parent of the consenting adult child, or the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse of the adopted or surrendered person is or was the child of the brother or sister of the consenting birth uncle.
    (m) A registrant may notify the Registry of his or her desire not to have identifying information revealed or may revoke any previously filed Information Exchange Authorization by completing and filing with the Registry a Registry Identification Form along with a Denial of Information Exchange or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form. Any registrant, except a birth parent, may revoke his or her Denial of Information Exchange by filing an Information Exchange Authorization. A birth parent may revoke a Denial of Information Exchange by filing a Birth Parent Preference Form. Any birth parent who has previously filed a Birth Parent Preference Form where Option E was selected may revoke such preference by filing a subsequent Birth Parent Preference Form and selecting Option A, B, C, or D. The Department of Public Health shall act in accordance with the most recently filed affidavit.
    (n) Identifying information ascertained from the Registry shall be confidential and may be disclosed only (1) upon a Court Order, which order shall name the person or persons entitled to the information, or (2) to a registrant who is the subject of an Information Exchange Authorization or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form that was completed by another registrant and filed with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange, or (3) as authorized under subsection (h) of Section 18.3 of this Act, or (4) pursuant to the procedures outlined in Section 18.1b(e) of this Act. Any person who willfully provides unauthorized disclosure of any information filed with the Registry or who knowingly or intentionally files false information with the Registry shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and shall be liable for damages.
    (o) If information is disclosed pursuant to this Act, the Department shall redact it to remove any identifying information about any party who has not consented to the disclosure of such identifying information, or, in the case of identifying information on the original birth certificate, pursuant to Section 18.1b(e) of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-895, eff. 5-21-10; 97-110, eff. 7-14-11.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.1. Disclosure of identifying information.
    (a) The Department of Public Health shall establish and maintain a Registry for the purpose of allowing mutually consenting members of birth and adoptive families to exchange identifying and medical information. Identifying information for the purpose of this Act shall mean any one or more of the following:
        (1) The name and last known address of the consenting
    
person or persons.
        (2) A copy of the Illinois Adoption Registry
    
Application of the consenting person or persons.
        (3) A non-certified copy of the original birth
    
certificate of an adult adopted or surrendered person.
    (b) Written authorization from all parties identified must be received prior to disclosure of any identifying information, with the exception of non-certified copies of original birth certificates released to adult adopted or surrendered persons or to surviving adult children and surviving spouses of deceased adopted or surrendered persons pursuant to the procedures outlined in Section 18.1b(e).
    (c) At any time after a child is surrendered for adoption, or at any time during the adoption proceedings or at any time thereafter, either birth parent or both of them may file with the Registry a Birth Parent Registration Identification Form.
    (d) A birth sibling 21 years of age or over who was not surrendered for adoption and who has submitted a copy of his or her birth certificate as well as proof of death for a deceased birth parent and such birth parent did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected with the Registry prior to his or her death may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (e) A birth aunt or birth uncle who has submitted birth certificates for himself or herself and for a deceased birth parent naming at least one common biological parent as well as proof of death for the deceased birth parent and such birth parent did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected with the Registry prior to his or her death may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (f) Any adopted person 21 years of age or over, any surrendered person 21 years of age or over, or any adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21 may file with the Registry a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (g) Any adult child or adult grandchild 21 years of age or over of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has submitted a copy of his or her birth certificate naming an adopted or surrendered person as his or her biological parent as well as proof of death for the deceased adopted or surrendered person and such adopted or surrendered person did not file a Denial of Information Exchange with the Registry prior to his or her death may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (h) Any surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over who has submitted proof of death for the deceased adopted or surrendered person and such adopted or surrendered person did not file a Denial of Information Exchange with the Registry prior to his or her death as well as a birth certificate naming themselves and the adopted or surrendered person as the parents of a minor child under the age of 21 may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (i) Any adoptive parent or legal guardian of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who is 21 years of age or over who has submitted proof of death as well as proof of parentage or guardianship for the deceased adopted or surrendered person and such adopted or surrendered person did not file a Denial of Information Exchange with the Registry prior to his or her death may file a Registration Identification Form and an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange.
    (j) The Department of Public Health shall supply to the adopted or surrendered person or his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, or surviving spouse, and to the birth parents identifying information only if both the adopted or surrendered person, or one of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, or his or her surviving spouse, and the birth parents have filed with the Registry an Information Exchange Authorization or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option A, B, or C was selected and the information at the Registry indicates that the consenting adopted or surrendered person, the child of the consenting adoptive parents or legal guardians, the parent of the consenting adult child of the adopted or surrendered person, or the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse is the child of the consenting birth parents, except identifying information that appears on a non-certified copy of an original birth certificate may be provided to an adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person pursuant to the procedures outlined in Section 18.1b(e) of this Act.
    The Department of Public Health shall supply to adopted or surrendered persons who are birth siblings identifying information only if both siblings have filed with the Registry an Information Exchange Authorization and the information at the Registry indicates that the consenting siblings have one or both birth parents in common. Identifying information shall be supplied to consenting birth siblings who were adopted or surrendered if any such sibling is 21 years of age or over. Identifying information shall be supplied to consenting birth siblings who were not adopted or surrendered if any such sibling is 21 years of age or over and has proof of death of the common birth parent and such birth parent did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected with the Registry prior to his or her death.
    (k) The Department of Public Health shall supply to the adopted or surrendered person or his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, or surviving spouse, and to a birth aunt identifying information only if both the adopted or surrendered person or one of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, or his or her surviving spouse, and the birth aunt have filed with the Registry an Information Exchange Authorization and the information at the Registry indicates that the consenting adopted or surrendered person, or the child of the consenting adoptive parents or legal guardians, or the parent of the consenting adult child, or the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse of the adopted or surrendered person is or was the child of the brother or sister of the consenting birth aunt.
    (l) The Department of Public Health shall supply to the adopted or surrendered person or his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, or surviving spouse, and to a birth uncle identifying information only if both the adopted or surrendered person or one of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, or his or her surviving spouse, and the birth uncle have filed with the Registry an Information Exchange Authorization and the information at the Registry indicates that the consenting adopted or surrendered person, or the child of the consenting adoptive parents or legal guardians, or the parent of the consenting adult child, or the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse of the adopted or surrendered person is or was the child of the brother or sister of the consenting birth uncle.
    (m) A registrant may notify the Registry of his or her desire not to have identifying information revealed or may revoke any previously filed Information Exchange Authorization by completing and filing with the Registry a Registry Identification Form along with a Denial of Information Exchange or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form. Any registrant, except a birth parent, may revoke his or her Denial of Information Exchange by filing an Information Exchange Authorization. A birth parent may revoke a Denial of Information Exchange by filing a Birth Parent Preference Form. Any birth parent who has previously filed a Birth Parent Preference Form where Option E was selected may revoke such preference by filing a subsequent Birth Parent Preference Form and selecting Option A, B, C, or D. The Department of Public Health shall act in accordance with the most recently filed affidavit.
    (n) Identifying information ascertained from the Registry shall be confidential and may be disclosed only (1) upon a Court Order, which order shall name the person or persons entitled to the information, or (2) to a registrant who is the subject of an Information Exchange Authorization or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form that was completed by another registrant and filed with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange, or (3) as authorized under subsection (h) of Section 18.3 of this Act, or (4) pursuant to the procedures outlined in Section 18.1b(e) of this Act. Any person who willfully provides unauthorized disclosure of any information filed with the Registry or who knowingly or intentionally files false information with the Registry shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and shall be liable for damages.
    (o) If information is disclosed pursuant to this Act, the Department shall redact it to remove any identifying information about any party who has not consented to the disclosure of such identifying information, or, in the case of identifying information on the original birth certificate, pursuant to Section 18.1b(e) of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-110, eff. 7-14-11; 98-704, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/18.1a

    (750 ILCS 50/18.1a)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.1a. Registry matches.
    (a) The Registry shall release identifying information, as specified on the applicant's Information Exchange Authorization or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form, to the following mutually consenting registered parties and provide them with any photographs or correspondence which have been placed in the Adoption/Surrender Records File and are specifically intended for the registered parties:
        (i) an adult adopted or surrendered person and one of
    
his or her birth relatives who have both filed an applicable Information Exchange Authorization or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form specifying the other consenting party with the Registry, if information available to the Registry confirms that the consenting adopted or surrendered person is biologically related to the consenting birth relative;
        (ii) the adoptive parent or legal guardian of an
    
adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21 and one of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives who have both filed an Information Exchange Authorization specifying the other consenting party, or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form, with the Registry, if information available to the Registry confirms that the child of the consenting adoptive parent or legal guardian is biologically related to the consenting birth relative; and
        (iii) the adoptive parent, adult child or surviving
    
spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, and one of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives who have both filed an applicable Information Exchange Authorization specifying the other consenting party or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form, with the Registry, if information available to the Registry confirms that the child of the consenting adoptive parent, the parent of the consenting adult child or the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse of the adopted or surrendered person was biologically related to the consenting birth relative.
    (b) If a registrant is the subject of a Denial of Information Exchange filed by another registered party or is an adopted or surrendered person, or the surviving relative of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, and a birth parent of the adopted or surrendered person completed a Birth Parent Preference Form and selected Option E, the Registry shall not release identifying information to either registrant or, if applicable, to an adopted person who has requested a copy of his or her original birth certificate, with the exception of non-certified copies of the original birth certificate released under Section 18.1b(e), and as to a birth parent who has prohibited release of identifying information on the original birth certificate to the adult adopted or surrendered person, upon the death of said birth parent.
    (c) If a registrant has completed a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire and has consented to its disclosure, that Questionnaire shall be released to any registered party who has indicated their desire to receive such information on his or her Illinois Adoption Registry Application, if information available to the Registry confirms that the consenting parties are biologically related, that the consenting birth relative and the child of the consenting adoptive parents or legal guardians are birth relatives, or that the consenting birth relative and the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse are birth relatives.
(Source: P.A. 96-895, eff. 5-21-10; 97-110, eff. 7-14-11.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.1a. Registry matches.
    (a) The Registry shall release identifying information, as specified on the applicant's Information Exchange Authorization or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form, to the following mutually consenting registered parties and provide them with any photographs or correspondence which have been placed in the Adoption/Surrender Records File and are specifically intended for the registered parties:
        (i) an adult adopted or surrendered person and one of
    
his or her birth relatives who have both filed an applicable Information Exchange Authorization or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form specifying the other consenting party with the Registry, if information available to the Registry confirms that the consenting adopted or surrendered person is biologically related to the consenting birth relative;
        (ii) the adoptive parent or legal guardian of an
    
adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21 and one of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives who have both filed an Information Exchange Authorization specifying the other consenting party, or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form, with the Registry, if information available to the Registry confirms that the child of the consenting adoptive parent or legal guardian is biologically related to the consenting birth relative; and
        (iii) the adoptive parent, adult child, adult
    
grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, and one of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives who have both filed an applicable Information Exchange Authorization specifying the other consenting party or, if applicable, a Birth Parent Preference Form, with the Registry, if information available to the Registry confirms that the child of the consenting adoptive parent, the parent of the consenting adult child or the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse of the adopted or surrendered person was biologically related to the consenting birth relative.
    (b) If a registrant is the subject of a Denial of Information Exchange filed by another registered party or is an adopted or surrendered person, or the surviving relative of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, and a birth parent of the adopted or surrendered person completed a Birth Parent Preference Form and selected Option E, the Registry shall not release identifying information to either registrant or, if applicable, to an adopted person who has requested a copy of his or her original birth certificate, with the exception of non-certified copies of the original birth certificate released under Section 18.1b(e), and as to a birth parent who has prohibited release of identifying information on the original birth certificate to the adult adopted or surrendered person, upon the death of said birth parent.
    (c) If a registrant has completed a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire and has consented to its disclosure, that Questionnaire shall be released to any registered party who has indicated their desire to receive such information on his or her Illinois Adoption Registry Application, if information available to the Registry confirms that the consenting parties are biologically related, that the consenting birth relative and the child of the consenting adoptive parents or legal guardians are birth relatives, or that the consenting birth relative and the deceased wife or husband of the consenting surviving spouse are birth relatives.
(Source: P.A. 97-110, eff. 7-14-11; 98-704, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/18.1b

    (750 ILCS 50/18.1b)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.1b. The Illinois Adoption Registry Application. The Illinois Adoption Registry Application shall substantially include the following:
        (a) General Information. The Illinois Adoption
    
Registry Application shall include the space to provide Information about the registrant including his or her surname, given name or names, social security number (optional), mailing address, home telephone number, gender, date and place of birth, and the date of registration. If applicable and known to the registrant, he or she may include the maiden surname of the birth mother, any subsequent surnames of the birth mother, the surname of the birth father, the given name or names of the birth parents, the dates and places of birth of the birth parents, the surname and given name or names of the adopted person prior to adoption, the gender and date and place of birth of the adopted or surrendered person, the name of the adopted person following his or her adoption and the state and county where the judgment of adoption was finalized.
        (b) Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire. In
    
recognition of the importance of medical information and of recent discoveries regarding the genetic origin of many medical conditions and diseases all registrants shall be asked to voluntarily complete a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire. The Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire shall include a comprehensive check-list of medical conditions and diseases including those of genetic origin.
            (1) Birth relatives shall be asked to indicate
        
all genetically-inherited diseases and conditions on this list which are known to exist in the adopted or surrendered person's birth family at the time of registration. In addition, all birth relatives shall be apprised of the Registry's provisions for voluntarily submitting information about their and their family's medical histories on a confidential, ongoing basis.
            (2) Adopted and surrendered persons and their
        
adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, and surviving spouses shall be asked to indicate all genetically-inherited diseases and medical conditions with which the adopted or surrendered person or, if applicable, his or her children have been diagnosed since birth.
            (3) The Medical Information Exchange
        
Questionnaire shall include a space where the registrant may authorize the release of the Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire to specified registered parties and a disclaimer informing registrants that the Department of Public Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of medical information exchanged through the Registry.
        (c) Written statement. All registrants shall be
    
given the opportunity to voluntarily file a written statement with the Registry. This statement shall be submitted in the space provided. No written statement submitted to the Registry shall include identifying information pertaining to any person other than the registrant who submitted it. Any such identifying information shall be redacted by the Department or returned for removal of identifying information.
        (d) Exchange of information. All registrants except
    
birth parents may indicate their wishes regarding contact and the exchange of identifying and/or medical information with any other registrant by completing an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange. Birth parents may indicate their wishes regarding contact by filing a Birth Parent Preference Form pursuant to the procedures outlined in this Section.
            (1) Information Exchange Authorization. Adopted
        
or surrendered persons 21 years of age or over who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with one or more of their birth relatives; birth siblings 21 years of age or over who were adopted or surrendered and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with an adopted or surrendered person, or one or more of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, or a surviving spouse; birth siblings 21 years of age or over who were not surrendered and who have submitted proof of death for any common birth parent who did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected prior to his or her death, and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with an adopted or surrendered person, or one or more of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, or a surviving spouse; birth aunts and birth uncles 21 years of age or over who have submitted birth certificates for themselves and a deceased birth parent naming at least one common biological parent as well as proof of death for a deceased birth parent and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with an adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over, or one or more of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children or a surviving spouse; adoptive parents or legal guardians of adopted or surrendered persons under the age of 21 who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives; adoptive parents and legal guardians of deceased adopted or surrendered persons 21 years of age or over who have submitted proof of death for a deceased adopted or surrendered person who did not file a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives; adult children of deceased adopted or surrendered persons who have submitted a birth certificate naming the adopted or surrendered person as their biological parent and proof of death for an adopted or surrendered person who did not file a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death; and surviving spouses of deceased adopted or surrendered persons who have submitted a marriage certificate naming an adopted or surrendered person as their deceased wife or husband and proof of death for an adopted or surrendered person who did not file a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives may specify with whom they wish to exchange identifying information by filing an Information Exchange Authorization.
            (2) Denial of Information Exchange. Adopted or
        
surrendered persons 21 years of age or over who do not wish to exchange identifying information or establish contact with one or more of their birth relatives may specify with whom they do not wish to exchange identifying information or do not wish to establish contact by filing a Denial of Information Exchange. Birth relatives other than birth parents who do not wish to establish contact with an adopted or surrendered person or one or more of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, or adult children may specify with whom they do not wish to exchange identifying information or do not wish to establish contact by filing a Denial of Information Exchange. Birth parents who wish to prohibit the release of their identifying information on the original birth certificate released to an adult adopted or surrendered person who was born after January 1, 1946, or to the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who was born after January 1, 1946, may do so by filing a Denial with the Registry on or before December 31, 2010. Adoptive parents or legal guardians of adopted or surrendered persons under the age of 21 who do not wish to establish contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives may specify with whom they do not wish to exchange identifying information by filing a Denial of Information Exchange. Adoptive parents, adult children, and surviving spouses of deceased adoptees who do not wish to exchange identifying information or establish contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives may specify with whom they do not wish to exchange identifying information or do not wish to establish contact by filing a Denial of Information Exchange.
            (3) Birth Parent Preference Form. Beginning
        
January 1, 2011, birth parents who are eligible to register with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange and whose birth child was born on or after January 1, 1946 may communicate their wishes regarding contact or may prohibit the release of identifying information on the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate released under subsection (e) of this Section by filing a Birth Parent Preference Form with the Registry. Birth parents whose birth child was born before January 1, 1946, may communicate their wishes regarding contact by completing a Birth Parent Preference Form, selecting Option A, B, C, or D, and filing the form with the Registry, but may not prohibit the release of identifying information. All Birth Parent Preference Forms on file with the Registry at the time of receipt of a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate from an adult adopted or surrendered person or the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person shall be forwarded to the relevant adopted or surrendered person or surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person along with a non-certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person's original birth certificate as outlined in subsection (e) of this Section.
        (e) Procedures for requesting a non-certified copy of
    
an original birth certificate by an adult adopted or surrendered person or by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person:
            (1) On or after the effective date of this
        
amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, any adult adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois prior to January 1, 1946, may complete and file with the Registry a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. The Registry shall provide such adult adopted or surrendered person with an unaltered, non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate upon receipt of the Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. Additionally, in cases where an adopted or surrendered person born in Illinois prior to January 1, 1946, is deceased, and one of his or her surviving adult children or his or her surviving spouse has registered with the Registry, he or she may complete and file with the Registry a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. The Registry shall provide such surviving adult child or surviving spouse with an unaltered, non-certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person's original birth certificate upon receipt of the Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate.
            (2) Beginning November 15, 2011, any adult
        
adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois on or after January 1, 1946, may complete and file with the Registry a Request for a Non-certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. Additionally, in cases where the adopted or surrendered person is deceased and one of his or her surviving adult children or his or her surviving spouse has registered with the Registry, he or she may complete and file with the Registry a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. Upon receipt of such request from an adult adopted or surrendered person or from one of his or her surviving adult children or his or her surviving spouse, the Registry shall:
                (i) Determine if there is a Denial of
            
Information Exchange which was filed by a birth parent named on the original birth certificate prior to January 1, 2011. If a Denial was filed by a birth parent named on the original birth certificate prior to January 1, 2011, and there is no proof of death in the Registry file for the birth parent who filed said Denial, the Registry shall inform the requesting adult adopted or surrendered person or the requesting surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person that they may receive a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate from which all identifying information pertaining to the birth parent who filed the Denial has been redacted. A requesting adult adopted or surrendered person shall also be informed in writing of his or her right to petition the court for the appointment of a confidential intermediary pursuant to Section 18.3a of this Act and, if applicable, to conduct a search through an agency post-adoption search program once 5 years have elapsed since the birth parent filed the Denial of Information Exchange with the Registry.
                (ii) Determine if a birth parent named on the
            
original birth certificate has filed a Birth Parent Preference Form. If one of the birth parents named on the original birth certificate filed a Birth Parent Preference Form and selected Option A, B, C, or D, the Registry shall forward to the adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person a copy of the Birth Parent Preference Form along with an unaltered non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate. If one of the birth parents named on the original birth certificate filed a Birth Parent Preference Form and selected Option E, and there is no proof of death in the Registry file for the birth parent who filed said Birth Parent Preference Form, the Registry shall inform the requesting adult adopted or surrendered person or the requesting surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person that he or she may receive a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate from which identifying information pertaining to the birth parent who completed the Birth Parent Preference Form has been redacted per the birth parent's specifications on the Form. The Registry shall forward to the adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person a copy of the Birth Parent Preference Form filed by the birth parent from which identifying information has been redacted per the birth parent's specifications on the Form. The requesting adult adopted or surrendered person shall also be informed in writing of his or her right to petition the court for the appointment of a confidential intermediary pursuant to Section 18.3a of this Act, and, if applicable, to conduct a search through an agency post-adoption search program once 5 years have elapsed since the birth parent filed the Birth Parent Preference Form, on which Option E was selected, with the Registry.
                (iii) Determine if a birth parent named on
            
the original birth certificate has filed an Information Exchange Authorization.
                (iv) If the Registry has confirmed that a
            
requesting adult adopted or surrendered person or the parent of a requesting adult child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person or the husband or wife of a requesting surviving spouse was not the object of a Denial of Information Exchange filed by a birth parent on or before December 31, 2010, and that no birth parent named on the original birth certificate has filed a Birth Parent Preference Form where Option E was selected prior to the receipt of a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate, the Registry shall provide the adult adopted or surrendered person or his or her surviving adult child or surviving spouse with an unaltered non-certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person's original birth certificate.
            (3) In cases where the Registry receives a Birth
        
Parent Preference Form from a birth parent subsequent to the release of the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to an adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, the Birth Parent Preference Form shall be immediately forwarded to the adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of the deceased adopted or surrendered person and the birth parent who filed the form shall be informed that the relevant original birth certificate has already been released.
            (4) A copy of the original birth certificate
        
shall only be released to adopted or surrendered persons who were born in Illinois; to surviving adult children or surviving spouses of deceased adopted or surrendered persons who were born in Illinois; or to 2 registered parties who have both consented to the release of a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to one another through the Registry when the birth of the relevant adopted or surrendered person took place in Illinois.
            (5) In cases where the Registry receives a
        
Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate from an adult adopted or surrendered person who has not completed a Registry application and the file of that adopted or surrendered person includes an Information Exchange Authorization, Birth Parent Preference Form, or Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire from one or more of his or her birth relatives, the Registry shall so inform the adult adopted or surrendered person and forward Registry application forms to him or her along with a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate consistent with the procedures outlined in this subsection (e).
            (6) In cases where a birth parent registered with
        
the Registry and filed a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly but gave no indication as to his or her wishes regarding contact or the sharing of identifying information, the Registry shall contact the birth parent by written letter prior to January 1, 2011, and provide him or her with the opportunity to indicate his or her preference regarding contact and the sharing of identifying information by submitting a Birth Parent Preference Form to the Registry prior to November 1, 2011.
            (7) In cases where the Registry cannot locate a
        
copy of the original birth certificate in the Registry file, they shall be authorized to request a copy of the original birth certificate from the Illinois county where the birth took place for placement in the Registry file.
            (8) Adopted and surrendered persons who wish to
        
have their names placed with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange may do so by completing a Registry application at any time, but completing a Registry application shall not be required for adopted and surrendered persons who seek only to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate or any relevant Birth Parent Preference Forms through the Registry.
            (9) In cases where a birth parent filed a Denial
        
of Information Exchange with the Registry prior to January 1, 2011, or filed a Birth Parent Preference Form with the Registry and selected Option E after January 1, 2011, and a proof of death for the birth parent who filed the Denial or the Birth Parent Preference Form has been filed with the Registry by a confidential intermediary, a surviving relative of the deceased birth parent, or a birth child of the deceased birth parent, the Registry shall be authorized to release an unaltered non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to an adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has filed a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of the Original Birth Certificate with the Registry.
            (10) On and after the effective date of this
        
amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, in cases where all birth parents named on the original birth certificate of an adopted or surrendered person born after January 1, 1946, are deceased and copies of death certificates for all birth parents named on the original birth certificate have been filed with the Registry by either a confidential intermediary, a surviving relative of the deceased birth parent, or a birth child of the deceased birth parent, the Registry shall be authorized to release a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to the adopted or surrendered person upon receipt of his or her Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate.
        (f) A registrant may complete all or any part of the
    
Illinois Adoption Registry Application. All Illinois Adoption Registry Applications, Information Exchange Authorizations, Denials of Information Exchange, requests to revoke an Information Exchange Authorization or Denial of Information Exchange, Birth Parent Preference Forms, and affidavits submitted to the Registry shall be accompanied by proof of identification.
(Source: P.A. 96-895, eff. 5-21-10; 97-110, eff. 7-14-11; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.1b. The Illinois Adoption Registry Application. The Illinois Adoption Registry Application shall substantially include the following:
        (a) General Information. The Illinois Adoption
    
Registry Application shall include the space to provide Information about the registrant including his or her surname, given name or names, social security number (optional), mailing address, home telephone number, gender, date and place of birth, and the date of registration. If applicable and known to the registrant, he or she may include the maiden surname of the birth mother, any subsequent surnames of the birth mother, the surname of the birth father, the given name or names of the birth parents, the dates and places of birth of the birth parents, the surname and given name or names of the adopted person prior to adoption, the gender and date and place of birth of the adopted or surrendered person, the name of the adopted person following his or her adoption and the state and county where the judgment of adoption was finalized.
        (b) Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire. In
    
recognition of the importance of medical information and of recent discoveries regarding the genetic origin of many medical conditions and diseases all registrants shall be asked to voluntarily complete a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire. The Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire shall include a comprehensive check-list of medical conditions and diseases including those of genetic origin.
            (1) Birth relatives shall be asked to indicate
        
all genetically-inherited diseases and conditions on this list which are known to exist in the adopted or surrendered person's birth family at the time of registration. In addition, all birth relatives shall be apprised of the Registry's provisions for voluntarily submitting information about their and their family's medical histories on a confidential, ongoing basis.
            (2) Adopted and surrendered persons and their
        
adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, and surviving spouses shall be asked to indicate all genetically-inherited diseases and medical conditions with which the adopted or surrendered person or, if applicable, his or her children have been diagnosed since birth.
            (3) The Medical Information Exchange
        
Questionnaire shall include a space where the registrant may authorize the release of the Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire to specified registered parties and a disclaimer informing registrants that the Department of Public Health cannot guarantee the accuracy of medical information exchanged through the Registry.
        (c) Written statement. All registrants shall be
    
given the opportunity to voluntarily file a written statement with the Registry. This statement shall be submitted in the space provided. No written statement submitted to the Registry shall include identifying information pertaining to any person other than the registrant who submitted it. Any such identifying information shall be redacted by the Department or returned for removal of identifying information.
        (d) Exchange of information. All registrants except
    
birth parents may indicate their wishes regarding contact and the exchange of identifying and/or medical information with any other registrant by completing an Information Exchange Authorization or a Denial of Information Exchange. Birth parents may indicate their wishes regarding contact by filing a Birth Parent Preference Form pursuant to the procedures outlined in this Section.
            (1) Information Exchange Authorization. Adopted
        
or surrendered persons 21 years of age or over who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with one or more of their birth relatives; birth siblings 21 years of age or over who were adopted or surrendered and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with an adopted or surrendered person, or one or more of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, or a surviving spouse; birth siblings 21 years of age or over who were not surrendered and who have submitted proof of death for any common birth parent who did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected prior to his or her death, and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with an adopted or surrendered person, or one or more of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, or a surviving spouse; birth aunts and birth uncles 21 years of age or over who have submitted birth certificates for themselves and a deceased birth parent naming at least one common biological parent as well as proof of death for a deceased birth parent and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with an adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over, or one or more of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, adult children, adult grandchildren, or a surviving spouse; adoptive parents or legal guardians of adopted or surrendered persons under the age of 21 who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives; adoptive parents and legal guardians of deceased adopted or surrendered persons 21 years of age or over who have submitted proof of death for a deceased adopted or surrendered person who did not file a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives; adult children of deceased adopted or surrendered persons who have submitted a birth certificate naming the adopted or surrendered person as their biological parent, and, in the case of adult grandchildren, their birth certificate and a birth certificate naming the adopted or surrendered person as their parent's biological parent, and proof of death for an adopted or surrendered person who did not file a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death; and surviving spouses of deceased adopted or surrendered persons who have submitted a marriage certificate naming an adopted or surrendered person as their deceased wife or husband and proof of death for an adopted or surrendered person who did not file a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death and who are interested in exchanging identifying and/or medical information or would welcome contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives may specify with whom they wish to exchange identifying information by filing an Information Exchange Authorization.
            (2) Denial of Information Exchange. Adopted or
        
surrendered persons 21 years of age or over who do not wish to exchange identifying information or establish contact with one or more of their birth relatives may specify with whom they do not wish to exchange identifying information or do not wish to establish contact by filing a Denial of Information Exchange. Birth relatives other than birth parents who do not wish to establish contact with an adopted or surrendered person or one or more of his or her adoptive parents, legal guardians, or adult children or adult grandchildren may specify with whom they do not wish to exchange identifying information or do not wish to establish contact by filing a Denial of Information Exchange. Birth parents who wish to prohibit the release of their identifying information on the original birth certificate released to an adult adopted or surrendered person who was born after January 1, 1946, or to the surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who was born after January 1, 1946, may do so by filing a Denial with the Registry on or before December 31, 2010. Adoptive parents or legal guardians of adopted or surrendered persons under the age of 21 who do not wish to establish contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives may specify with whom they do not wish to exchange identifying information by filing a Denial of Information Exchange. Adoptive parents, adult children, adult grandchildren, and surviving spouses of deceased adoptees who do not wish to exchange identifying information or establish contact with one or more of the adopted or surrendered person's birth relatives may specify with whom they do not wish to exchange identifying information or do not wish to establish contact by filing a Denial of Information Exchange.
            (3) Birth Parent Preference Form. Beginning
        
January 1, 2011, birth parents who are eligible to register with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange and whose birth child was born on or after January 1, 1946 may communicate their wishes regarding contact or may prohibit the release of identifying information on the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate released under subsection (e) of this Section by filing a Birth Parent Preference Form with the Registry. Birth parents whose birth child was born before January 1, 1946, may communicate their wishes regarding contact by completing a Birth Parent Preference Form, selecting Option A, B, C, or D, and filing the form with the Registry, but may not prohibit the release of identifying information. All Birth Parent Preference Forms on file with the Registry at the time of receipt of a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate from an adult adopted or surrendered person or the surviving adult child, surviving adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person shall be forwarded to the relevant adopted or surrendered person or surviving adult child, surviving adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person along with a non-certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person's original birth certificate as outlined in subsection (e) of this Section.
        (e) Procedures for requesting a non-certified copy of
    
an original birth certificate by an adult adopted or surrendered person or by a surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person:
            (1) On or after the effective date of this
        
amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, any adult adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois prior to January 1, 1946, may complete and file with the Registry a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. The Registry shall provide such adult adopted or surrendered person with an unaltered, non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate upon receipt of the Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. Additionally, in cases where an adopted or surrendered person born in Illinois prior to January 1, 1946, is deceased, and one of his or her surviving adult children, adult grandchildren, or his or her surviving spouse has registered with the Registry, he or she may complete and file with the Registry a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. The Registry shall provide such surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse with an unaltered, non-certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person's original birth certificate upon receipt of the Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate.
            (2) Beginning November 15, 2011, any adult
        
adopted or surrendered person who was born in Illinois on or after January 1, 1946, may complete and file with the Registry a Request for a Non-certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. Additionally, in cases where the adopted or surrendered person is deceased and one of his or her surviving adult children, adult grandchildren, or his or her surviving spouse has registered with the Registry, he or she may complete and file with the Registry a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate. Upon receipt of such request from an adult adopted or surrendered person or from one of his or her surviving adult children, adult grandchildren, or his or her surviving spouse, the Registry shall:
                (i) Determine if there is a Denial of
            
Information Exchange which was filed by a birth parent named on the original birth certificate prior to January 1, 2011. If a Denial was filed by a birth parent named on the original birth certificate prior to January 1, 2011, and there is no proof of death in the Registry file for the birth parent who filed said Denial, the Registry shall inform the requesting adult adopted or surrendered person or the requesting surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person that they may receive a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate from which all identifying information pertaining to the birth parent who filed the Denial has been redacted. A requesting adult adopted or surrendered person shall also be informed in writing of his or her right to petition the court for the appointment of a confidential intermediary pursuant to Section 18.3a of this Act and, if applicable, to conduct a search through an agency post-adoption search program once 5 years have elapsed since the birth parent filed the Denial of Information Exchange with the Registry.
                (ii) Determine if a birth parent named on the
            
original birth certificate has filed a Birth Parent Preference Form. If one of the birth parents named on the original birth certificate filed a Birth Parent Preference Form and selected Option A, B, C, or D, the Registry shall forward to the adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person a copy of the Birth Parent Preference Form along with an unaltered non-certified copy of his or her original birth certificate. If one of the birth parents named on the original birth certificate filed a Birth Parent Preference Form and selected Option E, and there is no proof of death in the Registry file for the birth parent who filed said Birth Parent Preference Form, the Registry shall inform the requesting adult adopted or surrendered person or the requesting surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person that he or she may receive a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate from which identifying information pertaining to the birth parent who completed the Birth Parent Preference Form has been redacted per the birth parent's specifications on the Form. The Registry shall forward to the adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person a copy of the Birth Parent Preference Form filed by the birth parent from which identifying information has been redacted per the birth parent's specifications on the Form. The requesting adult adopted or surrendered person shall also be informed in writing of his or her right to petition the court for the appointment of a confidential intermediary pursuant to Section 18.3a of this Act, and, if applicable, to conduct a search through an agency post-adoption search program once 5 years have elapsed since the birth parent filed the Birth Parent Preference Form, on which Option E was selected, with the Registry.
                (iii) Determine if a birth parent named on
            
the original birth certificate has filed an Information Exchange Authorization.
                (iv) If the Registry has confirmed that a
            
requesting adult adopted or surrendered person or the parent of a requesting adult child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person or the husband or wife of a requesting surviving spouse was not the object of a Denial of Information Exchange filed by a birth parent on or before December 31, 2010, and that no birth parent named on the original birth certificate has filed a Birth Parent Preference Form where Option E was selected prior to the receipt of a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate, the Registry shall provide the adult adopted or surrendered person or his or her surviving adult child or surviving spouse with an unaltered non-certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person's original birth certificate.
            (3) In cases where the Registry receives a Birth
        
Parent Preference Form from a birth parent subsequent to the release of the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to an adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, the Birth Parent Preference Form shall be immediately forwarded to the adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of the deceased adopted or surrendered person and the birth parent who filed the form shall be informed that the relevant original birth certificate has already been released.
            (4) A copy of the original birth certificate
        
shall only be released to adopted or surrendered persons who were born in Illinois; to surviving adult children, adult grandchildren, or surviving spouses of deceased adopted or surrendered persons who were born in Illinois; or to 2 registered parties who have both consented to the release of a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to one another through the Registry when the birth of the relevant adopted or surrendered person took place in Illinois.
            (5) In cases where the Registry receives a
        
Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate from an adult adopted or surrendered person who has not completed a Registry application and the file of that adopted or surrendered person includes an Information Exchange Authorization, Birth Parent Preference Form, or Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire from one or more of his or her birth relatives, the Registry shall so inform the adult adopted or surrendered person and forward Registry application forms to him or her along with a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate consistent with the procedures outlined in this subsection (e).
            (6) In cases where a birth parent registered with
        
the Registry and filed a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly but gave no indication as to his or her wishes regarding contact or the sharing of identifying information, the Registry shall contact the birth parent by written letter prior to January 1, 2011, and provide him or her with the opportunity to indicate his or her preference regarding contact and the sharing of identifying information by submitting a Birth Parent Preference Form to the Registry prior to November 1, 2011.
            (7) In cases where the Registry cannot locate a
        
copy of the original birth certificate in the Registry file, they shall be authorized to request a copy of the original birth certificate from the Illinois county where the birth took place for placement in the Registry file.
            (8) Adopted and surrendered persons who wish to
        
have their names placed with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange may do so by completing a Registry application at any time, but completing a Registry application shall not be required for adopted and surrendered persons who seek only to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate or any relevant Birth Parent Preference Forms through the Registry.
            (9) In cases where a birth parent filed a Denial
        
of Information Exchange with the Registry prior to January 1, 2011, or filed a Birth Parent Preference Form with the Registry and selected Option E after January 1, 2011, and a proof of death for the birth parent who filed the Denial or the Birth Parent Preference Form has been filed with the Registry by a confidential intermediary, a surviving relative of the deceased birth parent, or a birth child of the deceased birth parent, the Registry shall be authorized to release an unaltered non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to an adult adopted or surrendered person or to the surviving adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who has filed a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of the Original Birth Certificate with the Registry.
            (10) On and after the effective date of this
        
amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, in cases where all birth parents named on the original birth certificate of an adopted or surrendered person born after January 1, 1946, are deceased and copies of death certificates for all birth parents named on the original birth certificate have been filed with the Registry by either a confidential intermediary, a surviving relative of the deceased birth parent, or a birth child of the deceased birth parent, the Registry shall be authorized to release a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate to the adopted or surrendered person upon receipt of his or her Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate.
        (f) A registrant may complete all or any part of the
    
Illinois Adoption Registry Application. All Illinois Adoption Registry Applications, Information Exchange Authorizations, Denials of Information Exchange, requests to revoke an Information Exchange Authorization or Denial of Information Exchange, Birth Parent Preference Forms, and affidavits submitted to the Registry shall be accompanied by proof of identification.
(Source: P.A. 97-110, eff. 7-14-11; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11; 98-704, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/18.1c

    (750 ILCS 50/18.1c)
    Sec. 18.1c. Effective date of registration. Registration with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange shall become effective as soon as the applicant's completed Illinois Adoption Registry Application has been filed with the Registry.
(Source: P.A. 91-417, eff. 1-1-00.)

750 ILCS 50/18.2

    (750 ILCS 50/18.2) (from Ch. 40, par. 1522.2)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.2. Forms.
    (a) The Department shall develop the Illinois Adoption Registry forms as provided in this Section. The General Assembly shall reexamine the content of the form as requested by the Department, in consultation with the Registry Advisory Council. The form of the Birth Parent Registration Identification Form shall be substantially as follows:
BIRTH PARENT REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state that I am the ...... (mother or father) of the following child:
    Child's original name: ..... (first) ..... (middle) .....
        
(last), ..... (hour of birth), ..... (date of birth), ..... (city and state of birth), ..... (name of hospital).
    Father's full name: ...... (first) ...... (middle) .....
        
(last), ..... (date of birth), ..... (city and state of birth).
    Name of mother inserted on birth certificate: .....
        
(first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race), ..... (date of birth), ...... (city and state of birth).
That I surrendered my child to: ............. (name of
    
agency), ..... (city and state of agency), ..... (approximate date child surrendered).
That I placed my child by private adoption: ..... (date),
    
...... (city and state).
Name of adoptive parents, if known: ......
Other identifying information: .....
........................
(Signature of parent)
............                          ........................
(date)                                (printed name of parent)
 
    (b) The form of the Adopted Person Registration Identification shall be substantially as follows:
ADOPTED PERSON
REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state the following:
    Adopted Person's present name: ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last).
    Adopted Person's name at birth (if known): ..... (first)
        
..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (birth date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Name of adoptive father: ..... (first) ..... (middle)
        
..... (last), ..... (race).
    Maiden name of adoptive mother: ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
    Name of birth mother (if known): ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
    Name of birth father (if known): ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
    Name(s) at birth of sibling(s) having a common birth
        
parent with adoptee (if known): ..... (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race), and name of common birth parent: ..... (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
I was adopted through: ..... (name of agency).
I was adopted privately: ..... (state "yes" if known).
I was adopted in ..... (city and state), ..... (approximate
    
date).
Other identifying information: .............
......................
(signature of adoptee)
...........                          .........................
(date)                               (printed name of adoptee)
 
    (c) The form of the Surrendered Person Registration Identification shall be substantially as follows:
SURRENDERED PERSON REGISTRATION
IDENTIFICATION
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state the following:
    Surrendered Person's present name: ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last).
    Surrendered Person's name at birth (if known): .....
        
(first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Name of guardian father: ..... (first) ..... (middle)
        
..... (last), ..... (race).
    Maiden name of guardian mother: ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
    Name of birth mother (if known): ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last) ..... (race).
    Name of birth father (if known): ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), .....(race).
    Name(s) at birth of sibling(s) having a common birth
        
parent with surrendered person (if known): ..... (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race), and name of common birth parent: ..... (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
I was surrendered for adoption to: ..... (name of agency).
I was surrendered for adoption in ..... (city and state),
    
..... (approximate date).
Other identifying information: ............
................................
(signature of surrendered person)
............                            ......................
(date)                                 (printed name of person
                                     surrendered for adoption)
 
    (c-3) The form of the Registration Identification Form for Surviving Relatives of Deceased Birth Parents shall be substantially as follows:
REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION FORM
FOR SURVIVING RELATIVES OF DECEASED BIRTH PARENTS
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state the following:
    Name of deceased birth parent at time of surrender:
    Deceased birth parent's date of birth:
    Deceased birth parent's date of death:
    Adopted or surrendered person's name at birth (if known):
        
.....(first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
My relationship to the adopted or surrendered person (check one): (birth parent's non-surrendered child) (birth parent's sister) (birth parent's brother).
 
If you are a non-surrendered child of the birth parent, provide name(s) at birth and age(s) of non-surrendered siblings having a common parent with the birth parent. If more than one sibling, please give information requested below on reverse side of this form. If you are a sibling or parent of the birth parent, provide name(s) at birth and age(s) of the sibling(s) of the birth parent. If more than one sibling, please give information requested below on reverse side of this form.
    Name (First) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth
        
date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Name(s) of common parent(s) (first) ..... (middle) .....
        
(last), .....(race), (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(race).
My birth sibling/child of my brother/child of my sister/ was surrendered for adoption to ..... (name of agency) City and state of agency ..... Date .....(approximate) Other identifying information ..... (Please note that you must: (i) be at least 21 years of age to register; (ii) submit with your registration a certified copy of the birth parent's birth certificate; (iii) submit a certified copy of the birth parent's death certificate; and (iv) if you are a non-surrendered birth sibling or a sibling of the deceased birth parent, also submit a certified copy of your birth certificate with this registration. No application from a surviving relative of a deceased birth parent can be accepted if the birth parent filed a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death.)
................................
(signature of birth parent's surviving relative)

 
............                                      ............
(date)                                 (printed name of birth 
                                  parent's surviving relative)
 
    (c-5) The form of the Registration Identification Form for Surviving Relatives of Deceased Adopted or Surrendered Persons shall be substantially as follows:
REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION FORM FOR
SURVIVING RELATIVES OF DECEASED ADOPTED OR SURRENDERED PERSONS
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state the following:
    Adopted or surrendered person's name at birth (if known):
        
(first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Adopted or surrendered person's date of death:
My relationship to the deceased adopted or surrendered person(check one): (adoptive mother) (adoptive father) (adult child) (surviving spouse).
If you are an adult child or surviving spouse of the adopted or surrendered person, provide name(s) at birth and age(s) of the children of the adopted or surrendered person. If the adopted or surrendered person had more than one child, please give information requested below on reverse side of this form.
    Name (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth
        
date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Name(s) of common parent(s) (first) ..... (middle) .....
        
(last), .....(race), (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(race).
    My child/parent/deceased spouse was surrendered for
    
adoption to .....(name of agency) City and state of agency ..... Date ..... (approximate) Other identifying information ..... (Please note that you must: (i) be at least 21 years of age to register; (ii) submit with your registration a certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person's death certificate; (iii) if you are the child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, also submit a certified copy of your birth certificate with this registration; and (iv) if you are the surviving wife or husband of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, also submit a copy of your marriage certificate with this registration. No application from a surviving relative of a deceased adopted or surrendered person can be accepted if the adopted or surrendered person filed a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death.)
................................
(signature of adopted or surrendered person's surviving
        relative)
 
............                                      ............
(date)                                (printed name of adopted
                                  person's surviving relative)
 
    (d) The form of the Information Exchange Authorization shall be substantially as follows:
INFORMATION EXCHANGE AUTHORIZATION
    I, ....., state that I am the person who completed the Registration Identification; that I am of the age of ..... years; that I hereby authorize the Department of Public Health to give to the following person(s) (birth mother ) (birth father) (birth sibling) (adopted or surrendered person ) (adoptive mother) (adoptive father) (legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person) (birth aunt) (birth uncle) (adult child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person) (surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person) (all eligible relatives) the following (please check the information authorized for exchange):
        [  ]  1. Only my name and last known address.
        [  ]  2. A copy of my Illinois Adoption Registry
    
Application.
        [  ]  3. A non-certified copy of the adopted or
    
surrendered person's original certificate of live birth (check only if you are an adopted or surrendered person or the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person).
        [  ]  4. A copy of my completed medical
    
questionnaire.
    I am fully aware that I can only be supplied with information about an individual or individuals who have duly executed an Information Exchange Authorization that has not been revoked or, if I am an adopted or surrendered person, from a birth parent who completed a Birth Parent Preference Form and did not prohibit the release of his or her identity to me; that I can be contacted by writing to: ..... (own name or name of person to contact) (address) (phone number).
NOTE: New IARMIE registrants who do not complete a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire and release a copy of their questionnaire to at least one Registry applicant must pay a $15 registration fee.
    Dated (insert date).
                  ..............                  (signature)
 
    (e) The form of the Denial of Information Exchange shall be substantially as follows:
DENIAL OF INFORMATION EXCHANGE
    I, ....., state that I am the person who completed the Registration Identification; that I am of the age of ..... years; that I hereby instruct the Department of Public Health not to give any identifying information about me to the following person(s) (birth mother) (birth father) (birth sibling)(adopted or surrendered person)(adoptive mother) (adoptive father)(legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person)(birth aunt)(birth uncle)(adult child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person) (surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person) (all eligible relatives).
    I do/do not (circle appropriate response) authorize the Registry to release a copy of my completed Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire to qualified Registry applicants. NOTE: New IARMIE registrants who do not complete a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire and release a copy of their questionnaire to at least one Registry applicant must pay a $15 registration fee. Birth parents filing a Denial of Information Exchange are advised that, under Illinois law, an adult adopted person may initiate a search for a birth parent who has filed a Denial of Information Exchange or Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected through the State confidential intermediary program once 5 years have elapsed since the filing of the Denial of Information Exchange or Birth Parent Preference Form.
    Dated (insert date).
              ...............                      (signature)
 
    (f) The form of the Birth Parent Preference Form shall be substantially as follows:
    In recognition of the basic right of all persons to access their birth records, Illinois law now provides for the release of original birth certificates to adopted and surrendered persons 21 years of age or older upon request. While many birth parents are comfortable sharing their identities or initiating contact with their birth sons and daughters once they have reached adulthood, Illinois law also recognizes that there may be unique situations where a birth parent might have a compelling reason for not wishing to establish contact with a birth son or birth daughter or for not wishing to release identifying information that appears on the original birth certificate of a birth son or birth daughter who has reached adulthood. The Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE) has therefore established the attached form to allow birth parents to express their preferences regarding contact; and, if their birth child was born on or after January 1, 1946, to express their wishes regarding the sharing of identifying information listed on the original birth certificate with an adult adopted or surrendered person who has reached the age of 21 or his or her surviving relatives.
    In selecting one of the 5 options below, birth parents should keep in mind that the decision to deny an adult adopted or surrendered person access to identifying information on his or her original birth record and/or information about genetically-transmitted diseases is an important decision that may impact the adopted or surrendered person's life in many ways. A request for anonymity on this form only pertains to information that is provided to an adult adopted or surrendered person or his or her surviving relatives through the Registry. This will not prevent the disclosure of identifying information that may be available to the adoptee through his or her adoptive parents and/or other means available to him or her. Birth parents who would prefer not to be contacted by their surrendered son or daughter are strongly urged to complete both the Non-Identifying Information Section included on the final page of the attached form and the Medical Questionnaire in order to provide their surrendered son or daughter with the background information he or she may need to better understand his or her origins. Birth parents whose birth son or birth daughter is under 21 years of age at the time of the completion of this form are reminded that no original birth certificate will be released by the IARMIE before an adoptee has reached the age of 21. Should you need additional assistance in completing this form, please contact the agency that handled the adoption, if applicable, or the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange at 877-323-5299.
    After careful consideration, I have made the following decision regarding contact with my birth son/birth daughter, (insert birth son's/birth daughter's name at birth, if applicable) ......, who was born in (insert city/town of birth) ...... on (insert date of birth)...... and the release of my identifying information as it appears on his/her original birth certificate when he/she reaches the age of 21, and I have chosen Option ...... (insert A, B, C, D, or E, as applicable). I realize that this form must be accompanied by a completed IARMIE application form as well as a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire or the $15 registration fee. I am also aware that I may revoke this decision at any time by completing a new Birth Parent Preference Form and filing it with the IARMIE. I understand that it is my responsibility to update the IARMIE with any changes to contact information provided below. I also understand that, while preferences regarding the release of identifying information through the Registry are binding unless the law should change in the future, any selection I have made regarding my preferred method of contact is not.
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
(Please insert your signature and today's date above, as well as under your chosen option, A, B, C, D, or E below.)
 
Option A. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I agree to the release of my identifying information as it appears on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate, OR my birth son or birth daughter was born prior to January 1, 1946. I would welcome direct contact with my birth son/birth daughter when he or she has reached the age of 21. In addition, before my birth son or birth daughter has reached the age of 21 or in the event of his or her death, I would welcome contact with the following relatives of my birth child (circle all that apply): adoptive mother, adoptive father, surviving spouse, surviving adult child. I wish to be contacted at the following mailing address, email address or phone number:
..............................................................
..............................................................
..............................................................
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
Option B. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I agree to the release of my identifying information as it appears on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate, OR my birth son or birth daughter was born prior to January 1, 1946. I would welcome contact with my birth son/birth daughter when he or she has reached the age of 21. In addition, before my birth son or birth daughter has reached the age of 21 or in the event of his or her death, I would welcome contact with the following relatives of my birth child (circle all that apply): adoptive mother, adoptive father, surviving spouse, surviving adult child. I would prefer to be contacted through the following person. (Insert name and mailing address, email address or phone number of chosen contact person.)
..............................................................
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
Option C. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I agree to the release of my identifying information as it appears on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate, OR my birth son or birth daughter was born prior to January 1, 1946. I would welcome contact with my birth son/birth daughter when he or she has reached the age of 21. In addition, before my birth son or birth daughter has reached the age of 21 or in the event of his or her death, I would welcome contact with the following relatives of my birth child (circle all that apply): adoptive mother, adoptive father, surviving spouse, surviving adult child. I would prefer to be contacted through the Illinois Confidential Intermediary Program (please call 800-526-9022 for additional information) or through the agency that handled the adoption. (Insert agency name, address and phone number, if applicable.)
..............................................................
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
Option D. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I agree to the release of my identifying information as it appears on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate when he or she has reached the age of 21, OR my birth son or birth daughter was born prior to January 1, 1946. I would prefer not to be contacted by my birth son/birth daughter or his or her adoptive parents or surviving relatives.
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
Option E. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I wish to prohibit the release of my (circle ALL applicable options) first name, last name, last known address, birth son/birth daughter's last name (if last name listed is same as mine), as they appear on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate and do not wish to be contacted by my birth son/birth daughter when he or she has reached the age of 21. If there were any special circumstances that played a role in your decision to remain anonymous which you would like to share with your birth son/birth daughter, please list them in the space provided below (optional).
..............................................................
..............................................................
I understand that, although I have chosen to prohibit the release of my identity on the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate released to my birth son/birth daughter, he or she may request that a court-appointed confidential intermediary contact me to request updated medical information and/or confirm my desire to remain anonymous once 5 years have elapsed since the signing of this form; at the time of this subsequent search, I wish to be contacted through the person named below. (Insert in blank area below the name and phone number of the contact person, or leave it blank if you wish to be contacted directly.) I also understand that this request for anonymity shall expire upon my death.
..............................................................
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
NOTE: A copy of this form will be forwarded to your birth son or birth daughter should he or she file a request for his or her original birth certificate with the IARMIE. However, if you have selected Option E, identifying information, per your specifications above, will be deleted from the copy of this form forwarded to your birth son or daughter during your lifetime. In the event that an adopted or surrendered person is deceased, his or her surviving adult children may request a copy of the adopted or surrendered person's original birth certificate providing they have registered with the IARMIE; the copy of this form and the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate forwarded to the surviving child of the adopted or surrendered person shall be redacted per your specifications on this form during your lifetime.
Non-Identifying Information Section
I wish to voluntarily provide the following non-identifying information to my birth son or birth daughter:
My age at the time of my child's birth was .........
My race is best described as: ..........................
My height is: .........
My body type is best described as (circle one): slim, average, muscular, a few extra pounds, or more than a few extra pounds.
My natural hair color is/was: ..................
My eye color is: ..................
My religion is best described as: ..................
My ethnic background is best described as: ..................
My educational level is closest to (circle applicable
response): completed elementary school, graduated from
high school, attended college, earned bachelor's degree,
earned master's degree, earned doctoral degree.
My occupation is best described as ..................
My hobbies include ..................
My interests include ..................
My talents include ..................
In addition to my surrendered son or daughter, I also
am the biological parent of (insert number) ....... boys and
(insert number) ....... girls, of whom (insert number) .......
are still living.
The relationship between me and my child's birth mother/birth
father would best be described as (circle appropriate response): husband and wife, ex-spouses, boyfriend and girlfriend, casual acquaintances, other (please specify) ..............
    (g) The form of the Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate shall be substantially as follows:
REQUEST FOR A NON-CERTIFIED COPY OF AN ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE
    I, (requesting party's full name) ....., hereby request a non-certified copy of (check appropriate option) ..... my original birth certificate ..... the original birth certificate of my deceased adopted or surrendered parent ..... the original birth certificate of my deceased adopted or surrendered spouse (insert deceased parent's/deceased spouse's name at adoption) ...... I/my deceased parent/my deceased spouse was born in (insert city and county of adopted or surrendered person's birth) ..... on ..... (insert adopted or surrendered person's date of birth). In the event that one or both of my/my deceased parent's/my deceased spouse's birth parents has requested that their identity not be released to me/to my deceased parent/to my deceased spouse, I wish to (check appropriate option) ..... a. receive a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate from which identifying information pertaining to the birth parent who requested anonymity has been deleted; or ..... b. I do not wish to received an altered copy of the original birth certificate.
    Dated (insert date).
        ...................
(signature)
     

 
    (h) Any Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of Information Exchange, or Birth Parent Preference Form filed with the Registry, or Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate filed with the Registry by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, shall be acknowledged by the person who filed it before a notary public, in form substantially as follows:
State of ..............
County of .............
    I, a Notary Public, in and for the said County, in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that ............... personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing certificate of acknowledgement, appeared before me in person and acknowledged that (he or she) signed such certificate as (his or her) free and voluntary act and that the statements in such certificate are true.
    Given under my hand and notarial seal on (insert date).
.........................
(signature)
     
 
    (i) When the execution of an Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of Information Exchange, or Birth Parent Preference Form or Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate completed by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person is acknowledged before a representative of an agency, such representative shall have his signature on said Certificate acknowledged before a notary public, in form substantially as follows:
State of..........
County of.........
    I, a Notary Public, in and for the said County, in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that ..... personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing certificate of acknowledgement, appeared before me in person and acknowledged that (he or she) signed such certificate as (his or her) free and voluntary act and that the statements in such certificate are true.
    Given under my hand and notarial seal on (insert date).
.......................
(signature)
   
 
    (j) When an Illinois Adoption Registry Application, Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of Information Exchange, Birth Parent Preference Form, or Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate completed by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person is executed in a foreign country, the execution of such document shall be acknowledged or affirmed before an officer of the United States consular services.
    (k) If the person signing an Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of Information, Birth Parent Preference Form, or Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate completed by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person is in the military service of the United States, the execution of such document may be acknowledged before a commissioned officer and the signature of such officer on such certificate shall be verified or acknowledged before a notary public or by such other procedure as is then in effect for such division or branch of the armed forces.
    (l) An adopted or surrendered person who completes a Request For a Non-Certified Copy of the Original Birth Certificate shall meet the same filing requirements and pay the same filing fees as a non-adopted person seeking to obtain a copy of his or her original birth certificate.
(Source: P.A. 96-895, eff. 5-21-10; 97-110, eff. 7-14-11.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.2. Forms.
    (a) The Department shall develop the Illinois Adoption Registry forms as provided in this Section. The General Assembly shall reexamine the content of the form as requested by the Department, in consultation with the Registry Advisory Council. The form of the Birth Parent Registration Identification Form shall be substantially as follows:
BIRTH PARENT REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state that I am the ...... (mother or father) of the following child:
    Child's original name: ..... (first) ..... (middle) .....
        
(last), ..... (hour of birth), ..... (date of birth), ..... (city and state of birth), ..... (name of hospital).
    Father's full name: ...... (first) ...... (middle) .....
        
(last), ..... (date of birth), ..... (city and state of birth).
    Name of mother inserted on birth certificate: .....
        
(first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race), ..... (date of birth), ...... (city and state of birth).
That I surrendered my child to: ............. (name of
    
agency), ..... (city and state of agency), ..... (approximate date child surrendered).
That I placed my child by private adoption: ..... (date),
    
...... (city and state).
Name of adoptive parents, if known: ......
Other identifying information: .....
........................
(Signature of parent)
............                          ........................
(date)                                (printed name of parent)
 
    (b) The form of the Adopted Person Registration Identification shall be substantially as follows:
ADOPTED PERSON
REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state the following:
    Adopted Person's present name: ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last).
    Adopted Person's name at birth (if known): ..... (first)
        
..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (birth date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Name of adoptive father: ..... (first) ..... (middle)
        
..... (last), ..... (race).
    Maiden name of adoptive mother: ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
    Name of birth mother (if known): ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
    Name of birth father (if known): ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
    Name(s) at birth of sibling(s) having a common birth
        
parent with adoptee (if known): ..... (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race), and name of common birth parent: ..... (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
I was adopted through: ..... (name of agency).
I was adopted privately: ..... (state "yes" if known).
I was adopted in ..... (city and state), ..... (approximate
    
date).
Other identifying information: .............
......................
(signature of adoptee)
...........                          .........................
(date)                               (printed name of adoptee)
 
    (c) The form of the Surrendered Person Registration Identification shall be substantially as follows:
SURRENDERED PERSON REGISTRATION
IDENTIFICATION
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state the following:
    Surrendered Person's present name: ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last).
    Surrendered Person's name at birth (if known): .....
        
(first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Name of guardian father: ..... (first) ..... (middle)
        
..... (last), ..... (race).
    Maiden name of guardian mother: ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
    Name of birth mother (if known): ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last) ..... (race).
    Name of birth father (if known): ..... (first) .....
        
(middle) ..... (last), .....(race).
    Name(s) at birth of sibling(s) having a common birth
        
parent with surrendered person (if known): ..... (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race), and name of common birth parent: ..... (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), ..... (race).
I was surrendered for adoption to: ..... (name of agency).
I was surrendered for adoption in ..... (city and state),
    
..... (approximate date).
Other identifying information: ............
................................
(signature of surrendered person)
............                            ......................
(date)                                 (printed name of person
                                     surrendered for adoption)
 
    (c-3) The form of the Registration Identification Form for Surviving Relatives of Deceased Birth Parents shall be substantially as follows:
REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION FORM
FOR SURVIVING RELATIVES OF DECEASED BIRTH PARENTS
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state the following:
    Name of deceased birth parent at time of surrender:
    Deceased birth parent's date of birth:
    Deceased birth parent's date of death:
    Adopted or surrendered person's name at birth (if known):
        
.....(first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
My relationship to the adopted or surrendered person (check one): (birth parent's non-surrendered child) (birth parent's sister) (birth parent's brother).
 
If you are a non-surrendered child of the birth parent, provide name(s) at birth and age(s) of non-surrendered siblings having a common parent with the birth parent. If more than one sibling, please give information requested below on reverse side of this form. If you are a sibling or parent of the birth parent, provide name(s) at birth and age(s) of the sibling(s) of the birth parent. If more than one sibling, please give information requested below on reverse side of this form.
    Name (First) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth
        
date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Name(s) of common parent(s) (first) ..... (middle) .....
        
(last), .....(race), (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(race).
My birth sibling/child of my brother/child of my sister/ was surrendered for adoption to ..... (name of agency) City and state of agency ..... Date .....(approximate) Other identifying information ..... (Please note that you must: (i) be at least 21 years of age to register; (ii) submit with your registration a certified copy of the birth parent's birth certificate; (iii) submit a certified copy of the birth parent's death certificate; and (iv) if you are a non-surrendered birth sibling or a sibling of the deceased birth parent, also submit a certified copy of your birth certificate with this registration. No application from a surviving relative of a deceased birth parent can be accepted if the birth parent filed a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death.)
................................
(signature of birth parent's surviving relative)

 
............                                      ............
(date)                                 (printed name of birth 
                                  parent's surviving relative)
 
    (c-5) The form of the Registration Identification Form for Surviving Relatives of Deceased Adopted or Surrendered Persons shall be substantially as follows:
REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION FORM FOR
SURVIVING RELATIVES OF DECEASED ADOPTED OR SURRENDERED PERSONS
(Insert all known information)
I, ....., state the following:
    Adopted or surrendered person's name at birth (if known):
        
(first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Adopted or surrendered person's date of death:
My relationship to the deceased adopted or surrendered person(check one): (adoptive mother) (adoptive father) (adult child) (surviving spouse).
If you are an adult child or surviving spouse of the adopted or surrendered person, provide name(s) at birth and age(s) of the children of the adopted or surrendered person. If the adopted or surrendered person had more than one child, please give information requested below on reverse side of this form.
    Name (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(birth
        
date), ..... (city and state of birth), ...... (sex), ..... (race).
    Name(s) of common parent(s) (first) ..... (middle) .....
        
(last), .....(race), (first) ..... (middle) ..... (last), .....(race).
    My child/parent/deceased spouse was surrendered for
    
adoption to .....(name of agency) City and state of agency ..... Date ..... (approximate) Other identifying information ..... (Please note that you must: (i) be at least 21 years of age to register; (ii) submit with your registration a certified copy of the adopted or surrendered person's death certificate; (iii) if you are the child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, also submit a certified copy of your birth certificate with this registration; and (iv) if you are the surviving wife or husband of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, also submit a copy of your marriage certificate with this registration. No application from a surviving relative of a deceased adopted or surrendered person can be accepted if the adopted or surrendered person filed a Denial of Information Exchange prior to his or her death.)
................................
(signature of adopted or surrendered person's surviving
        relative)
 
............                                      ............
(date)                                (printed name of adopted
                                  person's surviving relative)
 
    (d) The form of the Information Exchange Authorization shall be substantially as follows:
INFORMATION EXCHANGE AUTHORIZATION
    I, ....., state that I am the person who completed the Registration Identification; that I am of the age of ..... years; that I hereby authorize the Department of Public Health to give to the following person(s) (birth mother ) (birth father) (birth sibling) (adopted or surrendered person ) (adoptive mother) (adoptive father) (legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person) (birth aunt) (birth uncle) (adult child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person) (surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person) (all eligible relatives) the following (please check the information authorized for exchange):
        [  ]  1. Only my name and last known address.
        [  ]  2. A copy of my Illinois Adoption Registry
    
Application.
        [  ]  3. A non-certified copy of the adopted or
    
surrendered person's original certificate of live birth (check only if you are an adopted or surrendered person or the surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person).
        [  ]  4. A copy of my completed medical
    
questionnaire.
    I am fully aware that I can only be supplied with information about an individual or individuals who have duly executed an Information Exchange Authorization that has not been revoked or, if I am an adopted or surrendered person, from a birth parent who completed a Birth Parent Preference Form and did not prohibit the release of his or her identity to me; that I can be contacted by writing to: ..... (own name or name of person to contact) (address) (phone number).
NOTE: New IARMIE registrants who do not complete a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire and release a copy of their questionnaire to at least one Registry applicant must pay a $15 registration fee.
    Dated (insert date).
                  ..............                  (signature)
 
    (e) The form of the Denial of Information Exchange shall be substantially as follows:
DENIAL OF INFORMATION EXCHANGE
    I, ....., state that I am the person who completed the Registration Identification; that I am of the age of ..... years; that I hereby instruct the Department of Public Health not to give any identifying information about me to the following person(s) (birth mother) (birth father) (birth sibling)(adopted or surrendered person)(adoptive mother) (adoptive father)(legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person)(birth aunt)(birth uncle)(adult child of a deceased adopted or surrendered person) (surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person) (all eligible relatives).
    I do/do not (circle appropriate response) authorize the Registry to release a copy of my completed Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire to qualified Registry applicants. NOTE: New IARMIE registrants who do not complete a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire and release a copy of their questionnaire to at least one Registry applicant must pay a $15 registration fee. Birth parents filing a Denial of Information Exchange are advised that, under Illinois law, an adult adopted person may initiate a search for a birth parent who has filed a Denial of Information Exchange or Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected through the State confidential intermediary program once 5 years have elapsed since the filing of the Denial of Information Exchange or Birth Parent Preference Form.
    Dated (insert date).
              ...............                      (signature)
 
    (f) The form of the Birth Parent Preference Form shall be substantially as follows:
    In recognition of the basic right of all persons to access their birth records, Illinois law now provides for the release of original birth certificates to adopted and surrendered persons 21 years of age or older upon request. While many birth parents are comfortable sharing their identities or initiating contact with their birth sons and daughters once they have reached adulthood, Illinois law also recognizes that there may be unique situations where a birth parent might have a compelling reason for not wishing to establish contact with a birth son or birth daughter or for not wishing to release identifying information that appears on the original birth certificate of a birth son or birth daughter who has reached adulthood. The Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE) has therefore established the attached form to allow birth parents to express their preferences regarding contact; and, if their birth child was born on or after January 1, 1946, to express their wishes regarding the sharing of identifying information listed on the original birth certificate with an adult adopted or surrendered person who has reached the age of 21 or his or her surviving relatives.
    In selecting one of the 5 options below, birth parents should keep in mind that the decision to deny an adult adopted or surrendered person access to identifying information on his or her original birth record and/or information about genetically-transmitted diseases is an important decision that may impact the adopted or surrendered person's life in many ways. A request for anonymity on this form only pertains to information that is provided to an adult adopted or surrendered person or his or her surviving relatives through the Registry. This will not prevent the disclosure of identifying information that may be available to the adoptee through his or her adoptive parents and/or other means available to him or her. Birth parents who would prefer not to be contacted by their surrendered son or daughter are strongly urged to complete both the Non-Identifying Information Section included on the final page of the attached form and the Medical Questionnaire in order to provide their surrendered son or daughter with the background information he or she may need to better understand his or her origins. Birth parents whose birth son or birth daughter is under 21 years of age at the time of the completion of this form are reminded that no original birth certificate will be released by the IARMIE before an adoptee has reached the age of 21. Should you need additional assistance in completing this form, please contact the agency that handled the adoption, if applicable, or the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange at 877-323-5299.
    After careful consideration, I have made the following decision regarding contact with my birth son/birth daughter, (insert birth son's/birth daughter's name at birth, if applicable) ......, who was born in (insert city/town of birth) ...... on (insert date of birth)...... and the release of my identifying information as it appears on his/her original birth certificate when he/she reaches the age of 21, and I have chosen Option ...... (insert A, B, C, D, or E, as applicable). I realize that this form must be accompanied by a completed IARMIE application form as well as a Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire or the $15 registration fee. I am also aware that I may revoke this decision at any time by completing a new Birth Parent Preference Form and filing it with the IARMIE. I understand that it is my responsibility to update the IARMIE with any changes to contact information provided below. I also understand that, while preferences regarding the release of identifying information through the Registry are binding unless the law should change in the future, any selection I have made regarding my preferred method of contact is not.
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
(Please insert your signature and today's date above, as well as under your chosen option, A, B, C, D, or E below.)
 
Option A. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I agree to the release of my identifying information as it appears on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate, OR my birth son or birth daughter was born prior to January 1, 1946. I would welcome direct contact with my birth son/birth daughter when he or she has reached the age of 21. In addition, before my birth son or birth daughter has reached the age of 21 or in the event of his or her death, I would welcome contact with the following relatives of my birth child (circle all that apply): adoptive mother, adoptive father, surviving spouse, surviving adult child. I wish to be contacted at the following mailing address, email address or phone number:
..............................................................
..............................................................
..............................................................
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
Option B. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I agree to the release of my identifying information as it appears on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate, OR my birth son or birth daughter was born prior to January 1, 1946. I would welcome contact with my birth son/birth daughter when he or she has reached the age of 21. In addition, before my birth son or birth daughter has reached the age of 21 or in the event of his or her death, I would welcome contact with the following relatives of my birth child (circle all that apply): adoptive mother, adoptive father, surviving spouse, surviving adult child. I would prefer to be contacted through the following person. (Insert name and mailing address, email address or phone number of chosen contact person.)
..............................................................
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
Option C. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I agree to the release of my identifying information as it appears on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate, OR my birth son or birth daughter was born prior to January 1, 1946. I would welcome contact with my birth son/birth daughter when he or she has reached the age of 21. In addition, before my birth son or birth daughter has reached the age of 21 or in the event of his or her death, I would welcome contact with the following relatives of my birth child (circle all that apply): adoptive mother, adoptive father, surviving spouse, surviving adult child. I would prefer to be contacted through the Illinois Confidential Intermediary Program (please call 800-526-9022 for additional information) or through the agency that handled the adoption. (Insert agency name, address and phone number, if applicable.)
..............................................................
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
Option D. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I agree to the release of my identifying information as it appears on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate when he or she has reached the age of 21, OR my birth son or birth daughter was born prior to January 1, 1946. I would prefer not to be contacted by my birth son/birth daughter or his or her adoptive parents or surviving relatives.
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
Option E. My birth son or birth daughter was born on or after January 1, 1946, and I wish to prohibit the release of my (circle ALL applicable options) first name, last name, last known address, birth son/birth daughter's last name (if last name listed is same as mine), as they appear on my birth son's/birth daughter's original birth certificate and do not wish to be contacted by my birth son/birth daughter when he or she has reached the age of 21. If there were any special circumstances that played a role in your decision to remain anonymous which you would like to share with your birth son/birth daughter, please list them in the space provided below (optional).
..............................................................
..............................................................
I understand that, although I have chosen to prohibit the release of my identity on the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate released to my birth son/birth daughter, he or she may request that a court-appointed confidential intermediary contact me to request updated medical information and/or confirm my desire to remain anonymous once 5 years have elapsed since the signing of this form; at the time of this subsequent search, I wish to be contacted through the person named below. (Insert in blank area below the name and phone number of the contact person, or leave it blank if you wish to be contacted directly.) I also understand that this request for anonymity shall expire upon my death.
..............................................................
..............................................................
(Signature/Date)
 
NOTE: A copy of this form will be forwarded to your birth son or birth daughter should he or she file a request for his or her original birth certificate with the IARMIE. However, if you have selected Option E, identifying information, per your specifications above, will be deleted from the copy of this form forwarded to your birth son or daughter during your lifetime. In the event that an adopted or surrendered person is deceased, his or her surviving adult children may request a copy of the adopted or surrendered person's original birth certificate providing they have registered with the IARMIE; the copy of this form and the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate forwarded to the surviving child of the adopted or surrendered person shall be redacted per your specifications on this form during your lifetime.
Non-Identifying Information Section
I wish to voluntarily provide the following non-identifying information to my birth son or birth daughter:
My age at the time of my child's birth was .........
My race is best described as: ..........................
My height is: .........
My body type is best described as (circle one): slim, average, muscular, a few extra pounds, or more than a few extra pounds.
My natural hair color is/was: ..................
My eye color is: ..................
My religion is best described as: ..................
My ethnic background is best described as: ..................
My educational level is closest to (circle applicable
response): completed elementary school, graduated from
high school, attended college, earned bachelor's degree,
earned master's degree, earned doctoral degree.
My occupation is best described as ..................
My hobbies include ..................
My interests include ..................
My talents include ..................
In addition to my surrendered son or daughter, I also
am the biological parent of (insert number) ....... boys and
(insert number) ....... girls, of whom (insert number) .......
are still living.
The relationship between me and my child's birth mother/birth
father would best be described as (circle appropriate response): husband and wife, ex-spouses, boyfriend and girlfriend, casual acquaintances, other (please specify) ..............
    (g) The form of the Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate shall be substantially as follows:
REQUEST FOR A NON-CERTIFIED COPY OF AN ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE
    I, (requesting party's full name) ....., hereby request a non-certified copy of (check appropriate option) ..... my original birth certificate ..... the original birth certificate of my deceased adopted or surrendered parent ..... the original birth certificate of my deceased adopted or surrendered spouse (insert deceased parent's/deceased spouse's name at adoption) ...... I/my deceased parent/my deceased spouse was born in (insert city and county of adopted or surrendered person's birth) ..... on ..... (insert adopted or surrendered person's date of birth). In the event that one or both of my/my deceased parent's/my deceased spouse's birth parents has requested that their identity not be released to me/to my deceased parent/to my deceased spouse, I wish to (check appropriate option) ..... a. receive a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate from which identifying information pertaining to the birth parent who requested anonymity has been deleted; or ..... b. I do not wish to received an altered copy of the original birth certificate.
    Dated (insert date).
        ...................
(signature)
     

 
    (h) Any Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of Information Exchange, or Birth Parent Preference Form filed with the Registry, or Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate filed with the Registry by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, shall be acknowledged by the person who filed it before a notary public, in form substantially as follows:
State of ..............
County of .............
    I, a Notary Public, in and for the said County, in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that ............... personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing certificate of acknowledgement, appeared before me in person and acknowledged that (he or she) signed such certificate as (his or her) free and voluntary act and that the statements in such certificate are true.
    Given under my hand and notarial seal on (insert date).
.........................
(signature)
     
 
    (i) When the execution of an Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of Information Exchange, or Birth Parent Preference Form or Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate completed by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person is acknowledged before a representative of an agency, such representative shall have his signature on said Certificate acknowledged before a notary public, in form substantially as follows:
State of..........
County of.........
    I, a Notary Public, in and for the said County, in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that ..... personally known to me to be the same person whose name is subscribed to the foregoing certificate of acknowledgement, appeared before me in person and acknowledged that (he or she) signed such certificate as (his or her) free and voluntary act and that the statements in such certificate are true.
    Given under my hand and notarial seal on (insert date).
.......................
(signature)
   
 
    (j) When an Illinois Adoption Registry Application, Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of Information Exchange, Birth Parent Preference Form, or Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate completed by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person is executed in a foreign country, the execution of such document shall be acknowledged or affirmed before an officer of the United States consular services.
    (k) If the person signing an Information Exchange Authorization, Denial of Information, Birth Parent Preference Form, or Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate completed by a surviving adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person is in the military service of the United States, the execution of such document may be acknowledged before a commissioned officer and the signature of such officer on such certificate shall be verified or acknowledged before a notary public or by such other procedure as is then in effect for such division or branch of the armed forces.
    (l) An adopted or surrendered person, surviving adult child, adult grandchild, surviving spouse, or birth parent of an adult adopted person who completes a Request For a Non-Certified Copy of the Original Birth Certificate shall meet the same filing requirements and pay the same filing fees as a non-adopted person seeking to obtain a copy of his or her original birth certificate.
    (m) Beginning on January 1, 2015, any birth parent of an adult adopted person named on the original birth certificate may request a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate reflecting the birth of the adult adopted person, provided that:
        (1) any non-certified copy of the original birth
    
certificate released under this subsection (m) shall not reflect the State file number on the original birth certificate; and
        (2) if the Department of Public Health does not
    
locate the original birth certificate, it shall issue a certification of no record found.
(Source: P.A. 97-110, eff. 7-14-11; 98-704, eff. 1-1-15.)

750 ILCS 50/18.3

    (750 ILCS 50/18.3) (from Ch. 40, par. 1522.3)
    Sec. 18.3. (a) The agency, Department of Children and Family Services, Court Supportive Services, Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court, and any other party to the surrender of a child for adoption or in an adoption proceeding shall inform any birth parent or parents relinquishing a child for purposes of adoption after the effective date of this Act of the opportunity to register with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange and to utilize the Illinois confidential intermediary program and shall obtain a written confirmation that acknowledges the birth parent's receipt of such information.
    The birth parent shall be informed in writing that if contact or exchange of identifying information with the adult adopted or surrendered person is to occur, that adult adopted or surrendered person must be 21 years of age or over except as referenced in paragraph (d) of this Section.
    (b) Any birth parent, birth sibling, adopted or surrendered person, adoptive parent, or legal guardian indicating their desire to receive identifying or medical information shall be informed of the existence of the Registry and assistance shall be given to such person to legally record his or her name with the Registry.
    (c) The agency, Department of Children and Family Services, Court Supportive Services, Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court, and any other organization involved in the surrender of a child for adoption in an adoption proceeding which has written statements from an adopted or surrendered person and the birth parent or a birth sibling indicating a desire to share identifying information or establish contact shall supply such information to the mutually consenting parties, except that no identifying information shall be supplied to consenting birth siblings if any such sibling is under 21 years of age. However, both the Registry having an Information Exchange Authorization and the organization having a written statement requesting the sharing of identifying information or contact shall communicate with each other to determine if the adopted or surrendered person or the birth parent or birth sibling has signed a form at a later date indicating a change in his or her desires regarding the sharing of information or contact.
    (d) On and after January 1, 2000, any licensed child welfare agency which provides post-adoption search assistance to adoptive parents, adopted persons, surrendered persons, birth parents, or other birth relatives shall require that any person requesting post-adoption search assistance complete an Illinois Adoption Registry Application prior to the commencement of the search. However, former wards of the Department of Children and Family Services between the ages of 18 and 21 who have been surrendered or adopted and who are seeking contact or an exchange of information with siblings shall not be required to complete an Illinois Adoption Registry Application prior to commencement of the search, provided that the search is performed consistent with applicable Sections of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-895, eff. 5-21-10; 97-1076, eff. 8-24-12.)

750 ILCS 50/18.3a

    (750 ILCS 50/18.3a) (from Ch. 40, par. 1522.3a)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.3a. Confidential intermediary.
    (a) General purposes. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over, any adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21, or any birth parent of an adopted or surrendered person who is 21 years of age or over may petition the court in any county in the State of Illinois for appointment of a confidential intermediary as provided in this Section for the purpose of exchanging medical information with one or more mutually consenting biological relatives, obtaining identifying information about one or more mutually consenting biological relatives, or arranging contact with one or more mutually consenting biological relatives. Additionally, in cases where an adopted or surrendered person is deceased, an adult child of the adopted or surrendered person or his or her adoptive parents or surviving spouse may file a petition under this Section and in cases where the birth parent is deceased, an adult birth sibling of the adopted or surrendered person or of the deceased birth parent may file a petition under this Section for the purpose of exchanging medical information with one or more mutually consenting biological relatives of the adopted or surrendered person, obtaining identifying information about one or more mutually consenting biological relatives of the adopted or surrendered person, or arranging contact with one or more mutually consenting biological relatives of the adopted or surrendered person. Beginning January 1, 2006, any adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over; any adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21; any birth parent, birth sibling, birth aunt, or birth uncle of an adopted or surrendered person over the age of 21; any surviving child, adoptive parent, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person who wishes to petition the court for the appointment of a confidential intermediary shall be required to accompany their petition with proof of registration with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
    (b) Petition. Upon petition by an adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over (an "adult adopted or surrendered person"), an adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21, or a birth parent of an adopted or surrendered person who is 21 years of age or over, the court shall appoint a confidential intermediary. Upon petition by an adult child, adoptive parent or surviving spouse of an adopted or surrendered person who is deceased, by an adult birth sibling of an adopted or surrendered person whose common birth parent is deceased and whose adopted or surrendered birth sibling is 21 years of age or over, or by an adult sibling of a birth parent who is deceased, and whose surrendered child is 21 years of age or over, the court may appoint a confidential intermediary if the court finds that the disclosure is of greater benefit than nondisclosure. The petition shall state which biological relative or relatives are being sought and shall indicate if the petitioner wants to do any one or more of the following: exchange medical information with the biological relative or relatives, obtain identifying information from the biological relative or relatives, or to arrange contact with the biological relative.
    (c) Order. The order appointing the confidential intermediary shall allow that intermediary to conduct a search for the sought-after relative by accessing those records described in subsection (g) of this Section.
    (d) Fees and expenses. The court shall not condition the appointment of the confidential intermediary on the payment of the intermediary's fees and expenses in advance of the commencement of the work of the confidential intermediary. No fee shall be charged if the petitioner is an adult adopted or surrendered person and the sought-after relative is a birth parent who filed or who did not file a Denial with the Registry prior to January 1, 2011, or filed a Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected after January 1, 2011 and more than 5 years have transpired since the birth parent filed the Denial of Information Exchange or Birth Parent Preference Form on which Option E was selected.
    (e) Eligibility of intermediary. The court may appoint as confidential intermediary any person certified by the Department of Children and Family Services as qualified to serve as a confidential intermediary. Certification shall be dependent upon the confidential intermediary completing a course of training including, but not limited to, applicable federal and State privacy laws.
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) Access. Subject to the limitations of subsection (i) of this Section, the confidential intermediary shall have access to vital records or a comparable public entity that maintains vital records in another state in accordance with that state's laws, maintained by the Department of Public Health and its local designees for the maintenance of vital records or a comparable public entity that maintains vital records in another state in accordance with that state's laws and all records of the court or any adoption agency, public or private, as limited in this Section, which relate to the adoption or the identity and location of an adopted or surrendered person, of an adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, or of a birth parent, birth sibling, or the sibling of a deceased birth parent. The confidential intermediary shall not have access to any personal health information protected by the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 unless the confidential intermediary has obtained written consent from the person whose information is being sought by an adult adopted or surrendered person or, if that person is a minor child, that person's parent or guardian. Confidential intermediaries shall be authorized to inspect confidential relinquishment and adoption records. The confidential intermediary shall not be authorized to access medical records, financial records, credit records, banking records, home studies, attorney file records, or other personal records. In cases where a birth parent is being sought, an adoption agency shall inform the confidential intermediary of any statement filed pursuant to Section 18.3, hereinafter referred to as "the 18.3 statement", indicating a desire of the surrendering birth parent to have identifying information shared or to not have identifying information shared. If there was a clear statement of intent by the sought-after birth parent not to have identifying information shared, the confidential intermediary shall discontinue the search and inform the petitioning party of the sought-after relative's intent unless the birth parent filed the 18.3 statement prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly and more than 5 years have elapsed since the filing of the 18.3 statement. If the adult adopted or surrendered person is the subject of an 18.3 statement indicating a desire not to establish contact which was filed more than 5 years prior to the search request, the confidential intermediary shall confirm the petitioner's desire to continue the search. Information provided to the confidential intermediary by an adoption agency shall be restricted to the full name, date of birth, place of birth, last known address, last known telephone number of the sought-after relative or, if applicable, of the children or siblings of the sought-after relative, and the 18.3 statement.
    (h) Adoption agency disclosure of medical information. If the petitioner is an adult adopted or surrendered person or the adoptive parent of a minor and if the petitioner has signed a written authorization to disclose personal medical information, an adoption agency disclosing information to a confidential intermediary shall disclose available medical information about the adopted or surrendered person from birth through adoption.
    (i) Duties of confidential intermediary in conducting a search. In conducting a search under this Section, the confidential intermediary shall first confirm that there is no Denial of Information Exchange on file with the Illinois Adoption Registry. If the petitioner is an adult child of an adopted or surrendered person who is deceased, the confidential intermediary shall additionally confirm that the adopted or surrendered person did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form with Option E selected with the Illinois Adoption Registry during his or her life. If there is a Denial on file with the Registry, the confidential intermediary must discontinue the search unless the petitioner is an adult adopted or surrendered person and the sought-after birth relative filed the Denial 5 years or more prior to the search or the birth parent has not been the object of a search through the State confidential intermediary program for 10 or more years. If the petitioner is an adult adopted or surrendered person and there is a Birth Parent Preference Form on file with the Registry and the birth parent who completed the form selected Option E, the confidential intermediary must discontinue the search unless 5 years or more have elapsed since the filing of the Birth Parent Preference Form. If the petitioner is an adult birth sibling of an adopted or surrendered person or an adult sibling of a birth parent who is deceased, the confidential intermediary shall additionally confirm that the birth parent did not file a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form with Option E selected with the Registry during his or her life. If the confidential intermediary learns that a sought-after birth parent signed an 18.3 statement indicating his or her intent not to have identifying information shared, and did not later file an Information Exchange Authorization or a Birth Parent Preference Form with the Registry, the confidential intermediary shall discontinue the search and inform the petitioning party of the birth parent's intent, unless the petitioner is an adult adopted or surrendered person and 5 years or more have elapsed since the birth parent signed the statement indicating his or her intent not to have identifying information shared. In cases where the birth parent filed a Denial of Information Exchange or Birth Parent Preference Form where Option E was selected, or statement indicating his or her intent not to have identifying information shared less than 5 years prior to the search request and the petitioner is an adult adopted or surrendered person, the confidential intermediary shall inform the petitioner of the need to discontinue the search until 5 years have elapsed since the Denial of Information Exchange or Birth Parent Preference Form where Option E was selected, or statement was filed; in cases where a birth parent was previously the subject of a search through the State confidential intermediary program, the confidential intermediary shall inform the petitioner of the need to discontinue the search until 10 years or more have elapsed since the initial search was closed. In cases where a birth parent has been the object of 2 searches through the State confidential intermediary program, no subsequent search for the birth parent shall be authorized absent a court order to the contrary.
    In conducting a search under this Section, the confidential intermediary shall attempt to locate the relative or relatives from whom the petitioner has requested information. If the sought-after relative is deceased or cannot be located after a diligent search, the confidential intermediary may contact other adult relatives of the sought-after relative.
    The confidential intermediary shall contact a sought-after relative on behalf of the petitioner in a manner that respects the sought-after relative's privacy and shall inform the sought-after relative of the petitioner's request for medical information, identifying information or contact as stated in the petition. Based upon the terms of the petitioner's request, the confidential intermediary shall contact a sought-after relative on behalf of the petitioner and inform the sought-after relative of the following options:
        (1) The sought-after relative may totally reject one
    
or all of the requests for medical information, identifying information or contact. The sought-after relative shall be informed that they can provide a medical questionnaire to be forwarded to the petitioner without releasing any identifying information. The confidential intermediary shall inform the petitioner of the sought-after relative's decision to reject the sharing of information or contact.
        (2) The sought-after relative may consent to
    
completing a medical questionnaire only. In this case, the confidential intermediary shall provide the questionnaire and ask the sought-after relative to complete it. The confidential intermediary shall forward the completed questionnaire to the petitioner and inform the petitioner of the sought-after relative's desire to not provide any additional information.
        (3) The sought-after relative may communicate with
    
the petitioner without having his or her identity disclosed. In this case, the confidential intermediary shall arrange the desired communication in a manner that protects the identity of the sought-after relative. The confidential intermediary shall inform the petitioner of the sought-after relative's decision to communicate but not disclose his or her identity.
        (4) The sought-after relative may consent to initiate
    
contact with the petitioner. If both the petitioner and the sought-after relative or relatives are eligible to register with the Illinois Adoption Registry, the confidential intermediary shall provide the necessary application forms and request that the sought-after relative register with the Illinois Adoption Registry. If either the petitioner or the sought-after relative or relatives are ineligible to register with the Illinois Adoption Registry, the confidential intermediary shall obtain written consents from both parties that they wish to disclose their identities to each other and to have contact with each other.
    (j) Oath. The confidential intermediary shall sign an oath of confidentiality substantially as follows: "I, .........., being duly sworn, on oath depose and say: As a condition of appointment as a confidential intermediary, I affirm that:
        (1) I will not disclose to the petitioner, directly
    
or indirectly, any confidential information except in a manner consistent with the law.
        (2) I recognize that violation of this oath subjects
    
me to civil liability and to a potential finding of contempt of court. ................................
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me, a Notary Public, on (insert date)
................................."
    (k) Sanctions.
        (1) Any confidential intermediary who improperly
    
discloses confidential information identifying a sought-after relative shall be liable to the sought-after relative for damages and may also be found in contempt of court.
        (2) Any person who learns a sought-after relative's
    
identity, directly or indirectly, through the use of procedures provided in this Section and who improperly discloses information identifying the sought-after relative shall be liable to the sought-after relative for actual damages plus minimum punitive damages of $10,000.
        (3) The Department shall fine any confidential
    
intermediary who improperly discloses confidential information in violation of item (1) or (2) of this subsection (k) an amount up to $2,000 per improper disclosure. This fine does not affect civil liability under item (2) of this subsection (k). The Department shall deposit all fines and penalties collected under this Section into the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Fund.
    (l) Death of person being sought. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, if the confidential intermediary discovers that the person being sought has died, he or she shall report this fact to the court, along with a copy of the death certificate. If the sought-after relative is a birth parent, the confidential intermediary shall also forward a copy of the birth parent's death certificate, if available, to the Registry for inclusion in the Registry file.
    (m) Any confidential information obtained by the confidential intermediary during the course of his or her search shall be kept strictly confidential and shall be used for the purpose of arranging contact between the petitioner and the sought-after birth relative. At the time the case is closed, all identifying information shall be returned to the court for inclusion in the impounded adoption file.
    (n) If the petitioner is an adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age or over or the adoptive parent or legal guardian of an adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21, any non-identifying information, as defined in Section 18.4, that is ascertained during the course of the search may be given in writing to the petitioner at any time during the search before the case is closed.
    (o) Except as provided in subsection (k) of this Section, no liability shall accrue to the State, any State agency, any judge, any officer or employee of the court, any certified confidential intermediary, or any agency designated to oversee confidential intermediary services for acts, omissions, or efforts made in good faith within the scope of this Section.
    (p) An adoption agency that has received a request from a confidential intermediary for the full name, date of birth, last known address, or last known telephone number of a sought-after relative pursuant to subsection (g) of Section 18.3a, or for medical information regarding a sought-after relative pursuant to subsection (h) of Section 18.3a, must satisfactorily comply with this court order within a period of 45 days. The court shall order the adoption agency to reimburse the petitioner in an amount equal to all payments made by the petitioner to the confidential intermediary, and the adoption agency shall be subject to a civil monetary penalty of $1,000 to be paid to the Department of Children and Family Services. Following the issuance of a court order finding that the adoption agency has not complied with Section 18.3, the adoption agency shall be subject to a monetary penalty of $500 per day for each subsequent day of non-compliance. Proceeds from such fines shall be utilized by the Department of Children and Family Services to subsidize the fees of petitioners as referenced in subsection (d) of this Section.
    (q) Provide information to eligible petitioner. The confidential intermediary may provide to eligible petitioners as described in subsections (a) and (b) of this Section, the name of the child welfare agency which had legal custody of the surrendered person or responsibility for placing the surrendered person and any available contact information for such agency. In addition, the confidential intermediary may provide to such petitioners the name of the state in which the surrender occurred or in which the adoption was finalized.
    Any reimbursements and fines, notwithstanding any reimbursement directly to the petitioner, paid under this subsection are in addition to other remedies a court may otherwise impose by law.
    The Department of Children and Family Services shall submit reports to the Adoption Advisory Council by July 1 and January 1 of each year in order to report the penalties assessed and collected under this subsection, the amounts of related deposits into the DCFS Children's Services Fund, and any expenditures from such deposits.
(Source: P.A. 96-661, eff. 8-25-09; 96-895, eff. 5-21-10; 97-110, eff. 7-14-11; 97-1063, eff. 1-1-13.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 98-704)
    Sec. 18.3a. Confidential intermediary.
    (a) General purposes. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act,
        (1) any adopted or surrendered person 21 years of age
    
or over; or
        (2) any adoptive parent or legal guardian of an
    
adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21; or
        (3) any birth parent of an adopted or surrendered
    
person who is 21 years of age or over; or
        (4) any adult child or adult grandchild of a deceased
    
adopted or surrendered person; or
        (5) any adoptive parent or surviving spouse of a
    
deceased adopted or surrendered person; or
        (6) any adult birth sibling of the adult adopted or
    
surrendered person unless the birth parent has checked Option E on the Birth Parent Preference Form or has filed a Denial of Information Exchange with the Registry and is not deceased; or
        (7) any adult adopted birth sibling of an adult
    
adopted or surrendered person; or
        (8) any adult birth sibling of the birth parent if
    
the birth parent is deceased
may petition the court in any county in the State of Illinois for appointment of a confidential intermediary as provided in this Section for the purpose of exchanging medical information with one or more mutually consenting biological relatives, obtaining identifying information about one or more mutually consenting biological relatives, or arranging contact with one or more mutually consenting biological relatives. The petitioner shall be required to accompany his or her petition with proof of registration with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
    (b) Petition. Upon petition, the court shall appoint a confidential intermediary. The petition shall indicate if the petitioner wants to do any one or more of the following as to the sought-after relative or relatives: exchange medical information with the biological relative or relatives, obtain identifying information from the biological relative or relatives, or to arrange contact with the biological relative.
    (c) Order. The order appointing the confidential intermediary shall allow that intermediary to conduct a search for the sought-after relative by accessing those records described in subsection (g) of this Section.
    (d) Fees and expenses. The court shall not condition the appointment of the confidential intermediary on the payment of the intermediary's fees and expenses in advance of the commencement of the work of the confidential intermediary. No fee shall be charged to any petitioner.
    (e) Eligibility of intermediary. The court may appoint as confidential intermediary any person certified by the Department of Children and Family Services as qualified to serve as a confidential intermediary. Certification shall be dependent upon the confidential intermediary completing a course of training including, but not limited to, applicable federal and State privacy laws.
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) Confidential intermediary access to information. Subject to the limitations of subsection (i) of this Section, the confidential intermediary shall have access to vital records maintained by the Department of Public Health and its local designees for the maintenance of vital records, or a comparable public entity that maintains vital records in another state in accordance with that state's laws, and all records of the court or any adoption agency, public or private, as limited in this Section, which relate to the adoption or the identity and location of an adopted or surrendered person, of an adult child or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, or of a birth parent, birth sibling, or the sibling of a deceased birth parent. The confidential intermediary shall not have access to any personal health information protected by the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information adopted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 unless the confidential intermediary has obtained written consent from the person whose information is being sought by an adult adopted or surrendered person or, if that person is a minor child, that person's parent or guardian. Confidential intermediaries shall be authorized to inspect confidential relinquishment and adoption records. The confidential intermediary shall not be authorized to access medical records, financial records, credit records, banking records, home studies, attorney file records, or other personal records. In cases where a birth parent is being sought, an adoption agency shall inform the confidential intermediary of any statement filed pursuant to Section 18.3, hereinafter referred to as "the 18.3 statement", indicating a desire of the surrendering birth parent to have identifying information shared or to not have identifying information shared. Information provided to the confidential intermediary by an adoption agency shall be restricted to the full name, date of birth, place of birth, last known address, last known telephone number of the sought-after relative or, if applicable, of the children or siblings of the sought-after relative, and the 18.3 statement. If the petitioner is an adult adopted or surrendered person or the adoptive parent of a minor and if the petitioner has signed a written authorization to disclose personal medical information, an adoption agency disclosing information to a confidential intermediary shall disclose available medical information about the adopted or surrendered person from birth through adoption.
    (h) Missing or lost original birth certificate; remedy. Disclosure of information by the confidential intermediary shall be consistent with the public policy and intent of laws granting original birth certificate access as expressed in Section 18.04 of this Act. The confidential intermediary shall comply with the following procedures in disclosing information to the petitioners:
         (1) If the petitioner is an adult adopted or
    
surrendered person, or the adult child, adult grandchild, or surviving spouse of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, the confidential intermediary shall disclose:
            (A) identifying information about the birth
        
parent of the adopted person which, in the ordinary course of business, would have been reflected on the original filed certificate of birth, as of the date of birth, only if:
                (i) the adopted person was born before
            
January 1, 1946 and the petitioner has requested a non-certified copy of the adopted person's original birth certificate under Section 18.1 of this Act, and the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued a certification that the original birth certificate was not found, or the petitioner has presented the confidential intermediary with the non-certified copy of the original birth certificate which omits the name of the birth parent;
                (ii) the adopted person was born after
            
January 1, 1946, and the petitioner has requested a non-certified copy of the adopted person's original birth certificate under Section 18.1 of this Act and the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued a certification that the original birth certificate was not found.
            In providing information pursuant to this
        
subdivision (h)(1)(A), the confidential intermediary shall expressly inform the petitioner in writing that since the identifying information is not from an official original certificate of birth filed pursuant to the Vital Records Act, the confidential intermediary cannot attest to the complete accuracy of the information and the confidential intermediary shall not be liable if the information disclosed is not accurate. Only information from the court files shall be provided to the petitioner in this Section. If the identifying information concerning a birth father is sought by the petitioner, the confidential intermediary shall disclose only the identifying information of the birth father as defined in Section 18.06 of this Act;
            (B) the name of the child welfare agency which
        
had legal custody of the surrendered person or responsibility for placing the surrendered person and any available contact information for such agency;
            (C) the name of the state in which the surrender
        
occurred or in which the adoption was finalized; and
            (D) any information for which the sought-after
        
relative has provided his or her consent to disclose under paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (i) of this Section.
        (2) If the petitioner is an adult adopted or
    
surrendered person, or the adoptive parent of an adult adopted or surrendered person under the age of 21, or the adoptive parent of a deceased adopted or surrendered person, the confidential intermediary shall provide, in addition to the information listed in paragraph (1) of this subsection (h):
            (A) any information which the adoption agency
        
provides pursuant to subsection (i) of this Section pertaining to medical information about the adopted or surrendered person; and
            (B) any non-identifying information, as defined
        
in Section 18.4 of this Act, that is obtained during the search.
        (3) If the petitioner is not defined in paragraph (1)
    
or (2) of this subsection, the confidential intermediary shall provide to the petitioner:
            (A) any information for which the sought-after
        
relative has provided his or her consent under paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (i) of this Section;
            (B) the name of the child welfare agency which
        
had legal custody of the surrendered person or responsibility for placing the surrendered person and any available contact information for such agency; and
            (C) the name of the state in which the surrender
        
occurred or in which the adoption was finalized.
    (h-5) Disclosure of information shall be made by the confidential intermediary at any time from the appointment of the confidential intermediary and the court's issuance of an order of dismissal.
    (i) Duties of confidential intermediary in conducting a search. In conducting a search under this Section, the confidential intermediary shall first determine whether there is a Denial of Information Exchange or a Birth Parent Preference Form with Option E selected or an 18.3 statement referenced in subsection (g) of this Section on file with the Illinois Adoption Registry. If there is a denial, the Birth Parent Preference Form on file with the Registry and the birth parent who completed the form selected Option E, or if there is an 18.3 statement indicating the birth parent's intent not to have identifying information shared and the birth parent did not later file an Information Exchange Authorization with the Registry, the confidential intermediary must discontinue the search unless 5 years or more have elapsed since the execution of the Denial of Information Exchange, Birth Parent Preference Form, or the 18.3 statement. If a birth parent was previously the subject of a search through the State confidential intermediary program, the confidential intermediary shall inform the petitioner of the need to discontinue the search until 10 years or more have elapsed since the initial search was closed. In cases where a birth parent has been the object of 2 searches through the State confidential intermediary program, no subsequent search for the birth parent shall be authorized absent a court order to the contrary.
    In conducting a search under this Section, the confidential intermediary shall attempt to locate the relative or relatives from whom the petitioner has requested information. If the sought-after relative is deceased or cannot be located after a diligent search, the confidential intermediary may contact other adult relatives of the sought-after relative.
    The confidential intermediary shall contact a sought-after relative on behalf of the petitioner in a manner that respects the sought-after relative's privacy and shall inform the sought-after relative of the petitioner's request for medical information, identifying information or contact as stated in the petition. Based upon the terms of the petitioner's request, the confidential intermediary shall contact a sought-after relative on behalf of the petitioner and inform the sought-after relative of the following options:
        (1) The sought-after relative may totally reject one
    
or all of the requests for medical information, identifying information or contact. The sought-after relative shall be informed that they can provide a medical questionnaire to be forwarded to the petitioner without releasing any identifying information. The confidential intermediary shall inform the petitioner of the sought-after relative's decision to reject the sharing of information or contact.
        (2) The sought-after relative may consent to
    
completing a medical questionnaire only. In this case, the confidential intermediary shall provide the questionnaire and ask the sought-after relative to complete it. The confidential intermediary shall forward the completed questionnaire to the petitioner and inform the petitioner of the sought-after relative's desire to not provide any additional information.
        (3) The sought-after relative may communicate with
    
the petitioner without having his or her identity disclosed. In this case, the confidential intermediary shall arrange the desired communication in a manner that protects the identity of the sought-after relative. The confidential intermediary shall inform the petitioner of the sought-after relative's decision to communicate but not disclose his or her identity.
        (4) The sought-after relative may consent to initiate
    
contact with the petitioner. The confidential intermediary shall obtain written consents from both parties that they wish to disclose their identities to each other and to have contact with each other.
    (j) Oath. The confidential intermediary shall sign an oath of confidentiality substantially as follows: "I, .........., being duly sworn, on oath depose and say: As a condition of appointment as a confidential intermediary, I affirm that:
        (1) I will not disclose to the petitioner, directly
    
or indirectly, any confidential information except in a manner consistent with the law.
        (2) I recognize that violation of this oath subjects
    
me to civil liability and to a potential finding of contempt of court. ................................
SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me, a Notary Public, on (insert date)
................................."
    (k) Sanctions.
        (1) Any confidential intermediary who improperly
    
discloses confidential information identifying a sought-after relative shall be liable to the sought-after relative for damages and may also be found in contempt of court.
        (2) Any person who learns a sought-after relative's
    
identity, directly or indirectly, through the use of procedures provided in this Section and who improperly discloses information identifying the sought-after relative shall be liable to the sought-after relative for actual damages plus minimum punitive damages of $10,000.
        (3) The Department shall fine any confidential
    
intermediary who improperly discloses confidential information in violation of item (1) or (2) of this subsection (k) an amount up to $2,000 per improper disclosure. This fine does not affect civil liability under item (2) of this subsection (k). The Department shall deposit all fines and penalties collected under this Section into the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Fund.
    (l) Death of person being sought. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, if the confidential intermediary discovers that the person being sought has died, he or she shall report this fact to the court, along with a copy of the death certificate. If the sought-after relative is a birth parent, the confidential intermediary shall also forward a copy of the birth parent's death certificate, if available, to the Registry for inclusion in the Registry file.
    (m) Any confidential information obtained by the confidential intermediary during the course of his or her search shall be kept strictly confidential and shall be used for the purpose of arranging contact between the petitioner and the sought-after birth relative. At the time the case is closed, all identifying information shall be returned to the court for inclusion in the impounded adoption file.