The following information can be exchanged via the registry:
- Identity and last known address of other birth and adoptive family members who have registered with IARMIE
- Medical background information filed with the registry; can be shared anonymously
- Pictures and written statements filed with the registry
- Adoptee’s original birth certificate (providing he or she was born in Illinois)
Registration is open to the following persons:
- Adopted or surrendered persons 21 years of age or older who were born, adopted or surrendered in Illinois
- Birth parents of eligible adopted or surrendered persons
- Surviving birth relatives (adult non-surrendered child, brother or sister) of a deceased birth parent
- Surviving adult child of a deceased adopted person or spouse if child is a minor
- Adoptive parents of eligible adopted persons under the age of 21 or a deceased adopted person
- Legal guardians of adopted or surrendered persons
For example, if a woman who placed a child for adoption 30 years ago wishes to reveal her identity or to exchange medical information with her surrendered son or daughter, she must file her consent agreement with the registry to release this information. The adoptee also must file a consent agreement with the registry to release the same information. If the birth mother and the adopted person have not both registered and signed a consented for the release of medical and/or identifying information, no data can be released.
Through the IARMIE, Dan Svezia was able to reunite with members of his birth family after 50 years.
“The challenges of searching for one’s birth family can be complex, mysterious and emotional. The Illinois Adoption Registry offers a safe and professional resource for a possible reunion. I was very lucky, after fifty years of separation the registry successfully reunited me with members of my birth family. Perhaps the registry can assist in your search. You won’t know until you enroll,” said Svezia.
IARMIE registration forms are available from numerous sources:
- Download the forms from the Department of Health Web site, www.idph.state.il.us
- E-mail a request for forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax a request for forms to 217-557-5279
- Call the registry at 217-557-5159 or toll-free at 877-323-5299, TTY (hearing impaired use only) 800-547-0466
- Mail a request for forms to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange, Division of Vital Records, 605 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, IL 62702-5097