Our Children’s Homestead helps families adopt American children, both with and without unique challenges. The children we assist are not only from Illinois, but can also reside anywhere in the United States. OCH works with other agencies to assist with the matching process and to assess the needs of the child to determine whether the child and family make an appropriate match. Intrastate adoptions also require specific approval from the state of origin’s Inter-State Compact Unit, as well as the Illinois Inter-State Compact Unit. An OCH adoption coordinator will handle all necessary contact for the approval process.
OCH also provides resources and referrals to help you through every step of the adoption process. We help families attain financial subsidies for the children, when applicable. We work with adoption attorneys, making sure they receive all necessary documentation needed to maximize the efficiency of representation. When the child is placed in your home, we monitor the placement for the first six months, prior to adoption finalization, ensuring all necessary services are established which help ease the transition process.
Steps to Domestic Adoption:
Requirements for Domestic Adoption:
To adopt an American child through Our Children’s Homestead, one must:
For more information about the Domestic Adoptions Program, please contact Ashley Wilkinson, Adoptions Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 369-0004.