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Any IL families? Looking for agencies for interstate


In 2014 my husband in I (we live in Chicago) did our Home study with Adoption Center or Illinois at Family Resource Center (also in Chicago). Our daughter (from South Dakota) was placed with us in 2015 at 15 months and the adoption was finalized 6 months later in Jan of 2016. Because we are looking to do an ICWA adoption again, our next placement will likely be interstate as well.
It is my understanding that if we go through DCFS here, we cannot do in interstate placement. What agencies or organizations has anyone used other than ACI @ FRC? We didn’t have a stellar experience and for the thousands of dollars we paid, they don’t assist with placement at all, you basically get a home study, access to classes (fairly generic), and then you pay over $300 each post placement visit where they come for all of 10 minutes (you are required a minimum of 6). Our worker complained every time she was contacted by our daughters worker and any other time she had to do anything.
Who else has done interstate in IL through foster care? Who did you use and what was your experience?

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Your DCFS can do interstate with other DCFS. There is a law that geography can not be used as a deterrent to
adoption. The state that has the custody of the child, if you are chosen will work with your dcfs. I don’t think they have to help you with a private infant adoption. It has to do with funding. It is their responsibility to place children in their custody or other state’s custody not to do private adoption or international adoption.

It was under Bill Clinton I am trying to think of the law Something like the safe families and children act. So basically it depends on who and how you are adopting

Posted by Regina on Jan 15, 2018 at 1:12pm

I remembered Adoption and Safe Family Act is the name of the law, bill whatever. Like him or not he was a freind to adoption

Posted by Regina on Jan 15, 2018 at 6:00pm

We are not trying to do private infant adoption. Just an ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) through US foster care. An infant would be great but not necessary, just needs to be younger than dd who is almost 4.

Posted by thegoldings on Jan 15, 2018 at 10:06pm

Then I do not think they can refuse to do it. You might check higher up in the agency. I may be wrong things change.

Not sure how many children that young are available but you never know

Posted by Regina on Jan 15, 2018 at 11:55pm

It’s not a ton of children, @Regina, but children that are eligible to be registered with a federally recognized Native American tribe legally can only be adopted by a family where at least one parent is also a registered member of a federally recognized tribe, so for that group of children, there’s a much smaller pool of adoptive parents available. As with most very young children legally free to be adopted through foster care, there is a reason they are in the system, often drug and/or alcohol exposure, which of course can pose challenges. But our DD was taken into protective custody at birth and with an amazing foster family until 14.5 months when she was placed with us. She was born addicted to meth with other exposure and was originally thought to have a great deal of delays but she is thriving and other than a minor amount of impulsivity and some mild sensory seeking behavior, she is extremely intelligent and perfectly healthy!

Posted by thegoldings on Jan 16, 2018 at 12:40am

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