If you are over the age of 21 and are the surviving sibling or surviving adult child of a deceased birth parent and wish to share medical background information, pictures, written correspondence and/or your preferences regarding contact with the birth son or birth daughter of your deceased sibling or parent, you may do so by signing up with the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange ("the Registry"). Please click here to download the forms you will need to sign up with the Registry.
If you are the brother or sister of a deceased birth parent, you will be required to prove that you are the full or half sibling of the deceased birth parent by filing a copy of your birth certificate and the deceased birth parent's birth certificate with the Registry; the two birth certificates must list at least one common birth parent.
If you are the surviving child of a deceased birth parent, you will be required to prove that you are the son or daughter of the deceased birth parent by presenting a copy of your birth certificate listing the deceased birth parent as your mother or father.
All siblings and adult children of deceased birth parents are required to prove that the birth parent is deceased by providing a copy of their death certificate to the Registry.
If you are signed up with the Registry and the birth son or daughter of your sibling or parent requests a copy of their original birth certificate, they will be informed that one of their birth parent's surviving relatives has left information for them at the Registry.
If the adopted person then signs up with the Registry, the medical background information, pictures, written correspondence and/or contact preferences that you have filed with the Registry will be sent to your birth niece or birth nephew, or to your birth brother or birth sister.
There is a $15 registration fee associated with the Registry, but registrants who voluntarily complete a two-page medical questionnaire on genetically-transmitted diseases do not have to pay the $15.00 fee.
For additional information about the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange and/or to download the necessary application forms, please click here.
For a listing of the organizations that participated on the Original Birth Certificate Access Oversight Committee, many of which may be able to provide you with additional information on the new law, and/or post-adoption support, search or counseling services, please click here.
The complete text of the new law, Public Act 096-0895, can be found here.
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