Adoption Center for Family Building (ACFB) is a private, nonprofit open adoption agency licensed in Illinois and Indiana. We provide a full range of adoption counseling and placement services to birth parents and adoptive parents. Our experienced counselors are dedicated to helping our clients get the guidance and support they need throughout their adoption journey.
The agency was founded in 1996 by Tobi Ehrenpreis and Maggie Gill Benz. Both licensed social workers and adoptive mothers, Tobi and Maggie combined their administrative and clinical expertise to establish the agency. ACFB was conceived to be a progressive alternative to traditional, faith-based adoption agencies.
While going through the adoption process themselves, both women encountered barriers along the way. They were committed to creating a more transparent and flexible agency to better meet the needs of everyone.
Since it's beginning, ACFB has grown steadily. In 1998, two years after being licensed in Illinois, the agency received an Indiana Child Placing Agency license and opened a satellite office in Merrillville. Over the years, ACFB has conducted almost 2000 home studies for domestic adoption, provided professional counseling and support to more than 1900 expectant mothers and birth fathers, placing over 1100 infants for adoption.
Today, our team of professionals also includes twelve adoption counselors, an office manager, and an administrative assistant. Many of our staff have personal experience with adoption as an adoptive parent, birth mother or adoptee. The agency also has an all-volunteer board of directors including two attorneys, a graphic designer, other business professionals and adoptive parents. To learn more about the Adoption Center, please contact us. We would be happy to send you an information packet.
(847) 674-3231 Illinois office
Outposts: Greater Chicago Area, Central Illinois (Bloomington), Northern Indiana (Goshen), Northwest Indiana (Merrrillville) and Central Indiana (Indianapolis)
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