IDPH - Illinois Department of Public Health

Adoption

Create an Administrative Record of Foreign Birth for a child born and adopted in a foreign country

If you should decide not to re-adopt through the Illinois court system and you are a resident of the state of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records may make and file an Administrative Record of Foreign Birth as long as all required documentation is received. The required documentation consists of four specific items:

  • Certified copy of the foreign birth record and certified English translation
  • Certified copy of the foreign adoption decree and certified English translation
  • Copy of the passport with the IR-3 or IH-3 visa
  • Name and address of the adoption agency that facilitated the adoption

The Administrative Record of Foreign Birth will list the four required items on the face of the record and will be part of the certifiable record. If you do not want this information to show on a certified copy of the record, you will need to re-adopt your child through the Illinois court system and then apply for an Illinois Record of Foreign Birth.

If the applicant is unable to provide all the information listed above as prescribed by law, then re-adoption in Illinois is required before a Record of Foreign Birth can be issued.

The certified copies submitted will be reviewed by Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records staff, copied and returned to you with the certified record.