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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
October 8, 2021 Meeting Agenda
September 17, 2021 Meeting AgendaSeptember 17, 2021 Meeting Minutes
August 6, 2021 Meeting Agenda
July 9, 2021 Meeting AgendaJuly 9, 2021 Meeting Minutes
June 4, 2021 Meeting AgendaJune 4, 2021 Meeting Minutes
April 23, 2021 Meeting AgendaApril 23, 2021 Meeting Minutes
February 5, 2021 Meeting AgendaFebruary 5, 2021 Meeting Minutes
November 6, 2020 Meeting Agenda (Joint IAAC and SFCAC Meeting)November 6, 2020 Meeting Minutes
October 9, 2020 Meeting Agenda
September 11, 2020 Meeting Agenda
July 10, 2020 Meeting AgendaJuly 10, 2020 Meeting Minutes
June 5, 2020 Meeting AgendaJune 5, 2020 Meeting Minutes
April 24, 2020 Meeting NoticeApril 24, 2020 Meeting Minutes
March 6, 2020 Meeting Agenda (Joint IAAC and SFCAC Meeting)March 6, 2020 Meeting Minutes (Joint IAAC and SFCAC Meeting)
​February 7, 2020 Meeting AgendaFebruary 7, 2020 Meeting Minutes
​November 8, 2019 Meeting AgendaNovember 8, 2019 Meeting Minutes
​October 4, 2019 Meeting AgendaOctober 4, 2019 Meeting Minutes
​September 6, 2019 Meeting AgendaSeptember 6, 2019 Meeting Minutes
​July 26, 2019 Meeting AgendaJuly 26, 2019 Meeting Minutes
​June 7, 2019 Meeting Agenda​June 7, 2019 Meeting Minutes
​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