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Illinois Adoption Advisory Council

The Illinois Adoption Advisory Council (IAAC) was established by the DCFS director for advising and consulting with the director (of DCFS) or his/her designee(s) on all matters involving or affecting the provision of adoption and guardianship services.  The IAAC addresses the department's goals of safety, well-being and permanency through its members' expertise, experience, advice and advocacy.  Its bylaws list specific objectives and other rules that govern the council's activities and operation; however, those bylaws also authorize the IAAC to work broadly on the topics of adoption and guardianship services.

Council members are all appointed by the DCFS director. Members consist of adoptive parents and adoptees representing each DCFS administrative region, as well as experts in child welfare and adoption, some of whom are employed by contract agencies. Two adoptive parent members also hold joint appointments to the Child Welfare Advisory Committee. The council is co-chaired by adoptive parent Elizabeth Richmond and James Jones, the executive director of ChildServ.

For more information on the council, contact the Office of Caregiver and Parent Support at 217-524-2422.

Membership List

Meeting Schedule


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​Meeting Agendas ​Meeting Minutes
​September 6, 2019 Meeting Agenda
​July 26, 2019 Meeting Agenda
​June 7, 2019 Meeting Agenda
​April 5, 2019 Meeting AgendaApril 5, 2019 Meeting Minutes
March 8, 2019 Meeting Agenda(Joint IAAC and SFCAC meeting)March 8, 2019 Meeting Minutes (Joint IAAC and SFCAC meeting)
February 1, 2019 Meeting AgendaFebruary 1, 2019 Minutes
November 2, 2018 Meeting AgendaNovember 2, 2018 Minutes
October 19, 2018 Meeting Agenda (Joint IAAC and SFCAC meeting)October 19, 2018 Minutes
September 7, 2018 AgendaSeptember 7, 2018 Minutes
July 27, 2018 AgendaJuly 27, 2018 Minutes
June 1, 2018 Meeting AgendaJune 1, 2018 Minutes
April 6, 2018 Meeting AgendaApril 6, 2018 Minutes
March 9, 2018 Meeting Agenda (Joint IAAC and SFCAC meeting) March 9, 2018 Minutes
February 2, 2018 Meeting Agenda February 2, 2018 Minutes
November 17, 2017 Meeting Agenda (Joint IAAC and SFCAC meeting) November 17, 2017 Minutes
October 6, 2017 Agenda October 6, 2017 Minutes
September 8, 2017 Meeting Agenda (Joint IAAC and SFCAC meeting) September 8, 2017 Minutes
June 2, 2017 Meeting Agenda ​June 2, 2017 Meeting Minutes
April 7, 2017 Meeting Agenda April 7, 2017 Meeting Minutes
February 3, 2017 Meeting Agenda February 3, 2017 Meeting Minutes
November 18, 2016 Meeting Agenda November 18, 2016 Meeting Minutes
October 14, 2016 Meeting Agenda October 14, 2016 Meeting Minutes
September 9, 2016 Meeting Agenda ​September 9, 2016 Meeting Minutes