Cook County, Illinois Adoption Searches

For Cook County, Illinois (Chicago area) Adoption Searches

for Birth Parents

Search by child’s birth name and identify the adoptive parents!

This is a one-of-a-kind, accurate & legal method of obtaining this crucial information. Nearly EVERY Cook County adoption had a ‘legal notice of adoption’ and ‘petition to adopt’ in this publication.

Birthparents, Biological family membersIdentify the adoptive parents of the child who was given up for adoption.  From there it’s usually easy to identify your biological child’s name.

Adoptions 1934 through 1963:  Immediate lookups in computer database with a photo image of the actual ‘petition to adopt’ sent to you. If yours is not found, there’s no charge, so no risk.

My late colleague, Edward “Mike” Egan, searched out, photographed and compiled every ‘petition to adopt’ from the Chicago legal newspaper for a 29 year period in order to create this database. The project took him many years and was quite costly.  He assisted countless people with it in his work as an adoption searcher.

1971 through present:  Some dates are searchable immediately in a database. However, most require a rather time-consuming search in the archives.  Contact me for more information including instructions to do it yourself if you prefer.

2 Responses to Cook County, Illinois Adoption Searches

  1. Trying to help my husband locate his daughter that was put up for adoption in 1985, his name is Ronald D Johnson sr date of birth 10/26/1967, the birth moms name is Christine not sure of the last name, but she is about 2-3 years older than my husband. The agency that assisted with the adoption was located between 55th to maybe 61st and cottage grove area. All we have is a baby picture of her and that she was adopted by teachers.please help.

    • Alicia,

      I am so sorry. I don’t think I saw your message before today. If I did and responded I cannot find it. So in case I didn’t, I’m getting in touch. My contact form on my webpage often sends them to my junk folder. I’ve tried and tried to fix the problem, yet it remains.

      Would you still like to know if I can help with this search? I’m happy to take a look and see what I think. No charge of course.

      Juli Claussen
      Search & Genealogy Services

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