Illinois’ adoption law will change next November to allow adopted adults born after 1945 to obtain copies of their original birth certificate listing the names of their birth parents. They must file a request for the certificate form with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
Birth parents of these adopted persons may still request that their name be kept confidential during their lifetime. However, they must file a Birth Parent Preference form with the Illinois Exchange prior to November 15, 2011. For more information visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website at www.idph.state.il.us, or by calling 877-323-5399 (toll-free).