If you are considering adoption as a hopeful family or expectant mother, you may be wondering what local resources are available to you. Whether you are hoping to adopt or considering adoption for your unborn baby, you can find adoption agencies, hospitals, and anything else you need in Peoria, Illinois.
The following page will provide you with adoption resources in Peoria. For information on laws and processes, you can visit our Illinois adoption page.
Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Peoria
To begin the adoption process, many hopeful adoptive parents and pregnant women considering adoption first choose an adoption professional to help guide them through the process.
You have many choices when selecting an adoption professional. If you are interested in working with an adoption agency or attorney near Peoria, consider the following:
- ABC Counseling
- Parker & Parker, Attorneys at Law
- Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin
- Theresa Hardesty
Peoria Foster Care Resources
Like adoptive parents, foster parents must meet the requirements of their state before they can care for a child. If you want to become a foster parent in Illinois, you must fit the following criteria:
- Pass a criminal and fingerprint-based background check
- Pass a home inspection
- Submit a physical and other medical information
- Attend 27 hours of training
If you would like to learn more about fostering and available children near you, you can find a list of foster care agencies in or near Peoria below:
- Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
- Children’s Home + Aid
- The Center for Youth & Family Services
Home Study Providers
For prospective parents, the home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption and foster care process. Consisting of interviews, background checks, home visits and a written report, the Illinois home study helps ensure that your home is fit for a child.
It is important to choose the right professional to complete your adoption home study and ensure it complies with all state laws and requirements. To get started, contact a home study provider in your state:
- Adoption Center of Illinois
The Adoption Center of Illinois provides Illinois-compliant home studies to families working with them or any other agency.
- ABC Counseling and Family Services
309-451-9495 ext. 108
A licensed, not-for-profit agency, ABC Counseling and Family services offers home study services as well as counseling for adoptive parents anywhere in the state.
- Mary’s Services
With over 100 years of experience, St. Mary’s has helped countless couples complete their home studies and post-placement assessments.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Illinois home study providers.
Hospitals near Peoria
As the baby’s due date draws closer, it is up to the expectant mother to create a hospital plan for her stay. If you are making an adoption plan for your baby, this will be your opportunity to decide who is in the delivery room with you, how much time you will spend with your baby and the adoptive family, and more.
When you are ready to begin planning your hospital stay, your adoption agency will work with the delivery hospital to make them aware of your wishes. Here are some local Peoria hospitals that you may be able to work with:
- UnityPoint Health – Proctor
221 NE Glen Oak Avenue
Peoria, IL 61636
- OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
530 NE Glen Oak Avenue
Peoria, Illinois 61603
Illinois Adoption Laws and Requirements
All adoptions taking place in Peoria must comply with Illinois adoption laws. State adoption laws regulate many steps in the adoption process, and it is important to work with your adoption professional or adoption attorney to ensure your adoption is legally valid.
To learn more about Illinois adoption laws, visit our Illinois adoption page. For an overview of the legal processes that impact birth parents and adoptive families, read the following sections.
Every state has unique consent laws designed to protect your parental rights and help you to make an informed adoption decision. Similarly, the father of the child must also terminate his parental rights, either voluntarily or involuntarily.
If you have questions or concerns about the father’s role in your adoption, speak to your adoption attorney or visit our Illinois adoption page.
All families must meet the basic eligibility requirements of their state in order to be able to adopt. Additionally, you may have to meet extra requirements put in place by your adoption professional. Speak to your particular professional if you have any questions or concerns, and view our Illinois adoption information to learn more.
County Court Information
Following placement, your adoption will need to be finalized in court. If you are finalizing your adoption in Peoria, Illinois, find your county information to learn about how to finalize your adoption in your county.
Things to Do in Peoria
When families adopt from outside of their home state, they must remain in the birth mother’s state for 7-10 days to wait for legal clearance. If you are adopting in Peoria from out of state, here are some things you can do during your time in the city: