Adoption Records

Changes to the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE) program

Major changes to the Illinois Adoption Registry, effective January 1, 2000, January 1, 2004 and January 1, 2006 include the following:

  • The fee for registration in the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE) program remains $40. This fee will be waived for all adopted or surrendered persons, adoptive parents, legal guardians, birth parents and birth siblings registering after January 1, 2000, when they include the completed Medical Information Exchange Questionnaire forms and authorize the exchange of these facts.

  • No fee is required when adoptive parents register within 12 months of the finalization of the adoption or when updating any previously filed registration, including those completed prior to January 1, 2000.

  • There is never a charge for filing, requesting, receiving (if available) or updating medical information when registered in the medical and/or registry program(s).

  • All registrations and updates must be accompanied by photocopied proof of identification. This identification must be government issued, for example, a driver’s license, identification card, military i.d. or a passport.

  • Adopted or surrendered persons may register only if they are 21 years of age or older.

  • Adoptive parents may register only if the adopted person is under the age of 21; the registration expires when the adopted person attains the age of 21 unless the adopted person has a condition that requires the continuation of guardianship. As of January 1, 2006 – if the adopted person is deceased the adoptive parent can registry at any time or age of the adopted person.

  • Legal guardians of an adopted or surrendered person may register only if that person is under the age of 21; the registration expires when the adopted or surrendered person attains the age of 21 unless they have a condition that requires the continuation of guardianship. Legal guardianship must be established by court order.

  • Birth siblings who were not adopted or surrendered can register only if they are 21 years of age or older and include a certified copy of the death certificate of the birth parent they have in common with an adopted or surrendered birth sibling and a certified copy of their birth certificate with their registration.

  • Photographs may be voluntarily filed for the adopted or surrendered person, his or her birth parent(s), legal guardian(s) or birth siblings as part of the initial registration or anytime thereafter. The photographs may not show any person who is not a registrant or who has not filed an information release authorization.

  • Any registrant can voluntarily file a written statement for the adopted or surrendered person, his or her birth parent(s), legal guardian(s) or birth siblings.

  • When certain mutually consenting registrations have been filed, it is now possible to obtain a copy of the adopted person's original birth certificate without a court order.

  • When an adopted person registers with the IARMIE they may also request that non-identifying information from their original birth certificate be released to them effective January 1, 2004. For any persons registered prior to this time they need only submit a letter requesting this information with a photocopied proof identification to receive a letter with this information.

  • When a birth parent registers with the IARMIE they may also request that the program confirm the date and place of the birth of their child be provided to them effective January 1, 2004. For any person registered prior to this time they need only submit a letter requesting this information with a photocopied proof of identification to receive a letter with this information.

  • The IARMIE program was expanded with changes effective January 1, 2006 to include for the registration of additional individuals when the parties to the adoption process are deceased. The law was extended to allow for the following persons to register: when a birth parent is deceased, the birth parent’s brother or sister may now register, when the adopted or surrendered person is deceased, their adult child or spouse with a minor child may register. The registrant will be required to submit certified copies of death certificates and birth certificates to prove the relationship.