IDPH - Illinois Department of Public Health

Adoption

Reinstate an original birth record as a legal record of birth after an adoption

A certified copy of the court order to vacate the adoption must be submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Records – Adoption Unit. The court order must be issued by the circuit court that originally granted the adoption.

  • The court order must direct the Illinois Department of Public Health to vacate the adoption and to reinstate the original birth record.
  • The order will need to include the following information:
    • Complete name after adoption
    • Complete name before adoption
    • Date of birth of adopted person
    • Place of birth of adopted person