In Illinois, there is no legal prohibition or regulation of openness in adoption. Openness is therefore decided upon between birth families and adoptive families.
Many birth and adoptive familes meet before the birth of the child and sometimes they go through labor and delivery together.
Many birth and adoptive families exchange letters and photos through an intermediary throughout the child’s childhood.
For adoptions that have been closed, there is an Illinois Adoption Registry for connecting adult adoptees and their birth parents. This Registry is based on a voluntary participation system [Adoption Registry].