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Easter House
Rockford Children’s Home

Easter House
As you may know, the Easter House adoption agency has ceased functioning. Many, but not all, files pertaining to placements handled by Easter House have been turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

The DCFS Closed File Information and Search program provides information from closed DCFS files to adopted adults and adoptive parents of minors and search service designed to connect relatives separated by adoption or foster care. This service is delivered by Midwest Adoption Center on behalf of the Department. At this time these services have not been extended to former clients of Easter House though the files are held by DCFS.

However, Confidential Intermediary Services of Illinois may be able to help. The following individuals can use the CI program to connect with a relative.
1. Adopted person 21 years of age or older
2. Adoptive parent of a child under 21 years of age
3. Birth parent whose birth child is 21 years of age or older
4. Various others

If your Easter House file is found in the DCFS storage system, your CI will be able to obtain identifying information from the file. Even if your Easter House file is not located, the CI will have access to your original birth certificate, the sealed court file and many other records that will help locate the person with whom you want to connect. Click here for more information about how this program might be of help to you.

If, at some time in the future, DCFS begins providing service to former Easter House clients through the DCFS Closed File Information and Search program, information will be posted on this website.

If you are the birth parent of a child under 21 years of age
As the birth parent of a child who is not yet 21 years of age and was placed through Easter House, you may be trying to locate him or to connect with his adoptive parent(s). Perhaps you had received some letters from the adoptive parents through the Easter House agency and had expected to be able to continue receiving letters from them. Unfortunately, Illinois law says that as a birth parent, you cannot use the program to make an outreach to your birth child until he is 21 years of age or older.

We do suggest that you file with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange. The Registry is operated by the Illinois Department of Public Health and is a way to register your interest in a connection with your birth child or his adoptive parents. You can also provide medical information through the Registry. The Registry will not do an active search for your minor birth child but will exchange information if your child’s adoptive parents file. Click here for information about the IARME.

If you would like to discuss this, or have questions, don't hesitate to call our office and speak with our intake worker Lakisha.  She can be reached at 847-298-9096, ext 29. 

Rockford Children’s Home
As you may know, the facility formerly known as Rockford Children’s Home is no longer providing adoption services. It is now known as Rocvale Children’s Home and provides a variety of other social services. Many, but not all, files pertaining to placements handled by Rockford Children’s Home have been turned over to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

The DCFS Closed File Information and Search program provides information from closed DCFS files to adopted adults and adoptive parents of minors and search service designed to connect relatives separated by adoption or foster care. This service is delivered by Midwest Adoption Center on behalf of the Department. At this time these services have not been extended to former clients of Rockford Children’s Home though the files are held by DCFS.

However, Confidential Intermediary Services of Illinois may be able to help. The following individuals can use the CI program to connect with a relative.
1. Adopted person 21 years of age or older
2. Adoptive parent of a child under 21 years of age
3. Birth parent whose birth child is 21 years of age or older
4. Various others

If your Rockford Children’s Home file is found in the DCFS storage system, your CI will be able to obtain identifying information from the file. Even if your Rockford Children’s Home file is not located, the CI will have access to your original birth certificate, the sealed court file and many other records that will help locate the person with whom you want to connect. Click here for more information about how this program might be of help to you.

If, at some time in the future, DCFS begins providing service to former Rockford Children’s Home clients through the DCFS Closed File Information and Search program information will be posted on this website.