Frequently asked questions
ACFB was not our first adoptive agency we have explored, but it was the right place for us. They genuinely care about everyone involved in the adoption process, including the birth mothers. They were honest, helpful and supportive. We will forever be grateful, that thanks to ACFB our family is complete.
My daughter was able to place her baby with a lovely couple this week. Thank you, Linda Fiore, for making this all so professional and comfortable as we made the decision that is right for every one. Thank you to Mary for guiding my daughter so lovingly. God's blessings for the adoptive parents who opened their arms to our whole family. Thank you to all who made this happen! God Bless you!
The best part of working with ACFB is the education you receive before you make any decisions or invest in anything, they want to know your story - the trauma or sadness that you have been through before you start your adoption journey. ACFB creates a successful environment for adoptive parents to create successful families.
Adoption Center for Family Building is a small, non-profit, open adoption agency licensed in llinois and Indiana. Our goal is to empower birth and adoptive families to make sound choices for themselves. The majority of our placements occur when an expectant mother contacts this agency about making an adoption plan for her unborn baby. We also offer agency-assisted adoptions for families connecting with an expectant mother through their own networking. When needed, we provide home study services only for interstate and/or private adoptions.
For adoptive families in Illinois and Indiana, we offer home studies, placement and post placement services, adoption counseling, reports to the court, interstate services, agency-assisted adoptions, and training.
For birth parents in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, we offer options counseling, adoption information, education and support, open and closed adoptions, choice of adoptive families, assistance with living expenses, transportation to doctors/clinics, hospital arrangements, post placement support and counseling, assistance applying for entitlement programs, and assistance finding medical care or housing.
Mostly newborns of many different races and ethnic backgrounds. The infants we place for adoption are Caucasian, Biracial, African American, Latino, Asian and Multiracial.
Yes. When a birth mother does not reside in Illinois or Indiana, We assist her in finding an adoptive family for her baby and ensure that she receives competent counseling services and legal representation.
The Center obtains family social and medical history from both birth parents, whenever possible. Pre-natal records are typically requested from the physician or clinic. The baby’s medical records are usually available at discharge from the hospital. The Adoption Center requires HIV testing on either the birth mother or baby prior to placement.
You will go to court with your adoption attorney and receive an interim order giving you temporary legal custody. The adoption will be finalized three to six months after the placement (depending on the state in which you file the adoption). Adoption Center for Family Building will provide post-placement services prior to finalization. We will meet with you at least once in your home, and most Illinois families are expected to participate in a total of two meetings during a three-month period. Indiana families usually have 1-2 post placement visits.
Agency fees vary depending on services rendered. We can simply provide you with a homestudy or a full range of services. If you join our full program, we provide everything from home study through placement and post placement. In 2021, the average cost to adopt through this agency was $31,519.15. This amount included all agency fees, agency expenses and birth parent expenses. This agency offers a reduced placement fee to families whose annual income is under $100,000. The fee for an agency-assisted adoption is $10,500, plus expenses. The agency also offers African American adoptive families a reduced (subsidized) placement fee. All services to birth parents are free of charge.
The application fee is $450. The Illinois domestic home study fee is $3,000. Post placement sessions are billed at $400 per visit. The fee for an international home study for Illinois and Indiana residents is $4,000. The fee for an Indiana domestic home study is $2,100 and post placement services are billed at $400 per visit.
- If you would like to schedule an initial consultation or attend a free information session, please call our office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- If you need home study services only, please download our agency application and mail it to our Illinois address along with the $425 application fee.
- If you have already connected with a birth mother in Illinois or Indiana, please call us to discuss our Designated/Identified Adoption Program. There is a different fee schedule for this program which offers counseling and placment services for birth parents in Illinois and Indiana.
- To reach our office, please call us at: (847) 674-3231 (Illinois) or (219) 795-9900 (Indiana) or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Birth parents may call our Expectant Mother Helpline 365/days at 800-869-1005. On-call counselors are available evenings and weekends.