Family Services - Questions and Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make a payment? You can make a payment online.
How do I get legal assistance? Visit a help desk in the courthouse.
How do I obtain criminal background checks for adoptions?
How do I begin a search for my birth parents and/or other relatives?
Contact the state to request a non-certified copy of the original birth certificate
Contact the state to register with the Illinois Adoption Registry
Contact the Confidential Intermediaries of Illinois for search assistance
Contact the DAFSS to inquire as to whether we have a record of conducting the social investigation for the adoption
- Cook County Court: Domestic Relations Division (dissolution of marriage, parentage, child support)
- Cook County Court: Probate Division (minor guardianship)
- Cook County Court: County Division (adoption)