(750 ILCS 50/18.3)
(from Ch. 40, par. 1522.3)
(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
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
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
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
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,
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 youth in care as defined in Section 4d of the Children and Family Services Act 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. 100-159, eff. 8-18-17.)