(325 ILCS 2/35)
Information for relinquishing person.
(a) A hospital, police
station, fire station,
medical facility that receives a newborn infant relinquished in accordance with
Act must offer an information packet to the relinquishing person and, if
possible, must clearly inform the relinquishing person that his or her
acceptance of the
information is completely voluntary. The
information packet must include all of
(2) Written notice of the following:
(A) No sooner than 60 days following the date of
the initial relinquishment of the infant to a hospital, police station, fire station, or emergency medical facility, the child-placing agency or the Department will commence proceedings for the termination of parental rights and placement of the infant for adoption.
(B) Failure of a parent of the infant to contact
the Department and petition for the return of custody of the infant before termination of parental rights bars any future action asserting legal rights with respect to the infant.
(3) A resource list of providers of counseling
services including grief counseling, pregnancy counseling, and counseling regarding adoption and other available options for placement of the infant.
Upon request of a parent, the Department of Public Health shall provide the
application forms for the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information
(b) The information packet given to a relinquishing parent in accordance with this Act shall include, in addition to other information required under this Act, the following:
(1) A brochure (with a self-mailer attached) that
describes this Act and the rights of birth parents, including an optional section for the parent to complete and mail to the Department of Children and Family Services, that shall ask for basic anonymous background information about the relinquished child. This brochure shall be maintained by the Department on its website.
(2) A brochure that describes the Illinois Adoption
Registry, including a toll-free number and website information. This brochure shall be maintained on the Office of Vital Records website.
(3) A brochure describing postpartum health
information for the mother.
The information packet shall be designed in coordination between the Office of Vital Records and the Department of Children and Family Services, with the exception of the resource list of providers of counseling services and adoption agencies, which shall be provided by the hospital, fire station, police station, sheriff's office, or emergency medical facility.
(Source: P.A. 96-1114, eff. 7-20-10; 97-333, eff. 8-12-11.)