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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


Resources for Locating a Medical Provider for a Child in DCFS Care

Adoption Professional Application

Adoptive Parent Application

Adult Adoptee Application


​Meeting Agendas ​Meeting Minutes
January 6, 2023 Meeting Agenda
November 18, 2022 Meeting Agenda (joint IAAC and SFCAC Meeting)
October 7, 2022 Meeting Agenda
September 2, 2022 Meeting Agenda
August 5, 2022 Meeting AgendaAugust 5, 2022 Meeting Minutes
July 8, 2022 Meeting AgendaJuly 8, 2022 Meeting Minutes
June 17, 2022 Meeting Agenda
April 8, 2022 Meeting Agenda
April 8, 2022 Meeting Minutes
March 11, 2022 Meeting AgendaMarch 11, 2022 Meeting Minutes
February 18, 2022 Meeting AgendaFebruary 18, 2022 Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2022 Meeting AgendaJanuary 14, 2022 Meeting Minutes
November 5, 2021 Meeting AgendaNovember 5, 2021 Meeting Minutes
October 8, 2021 Meeting AgendaOctober 8, 2021 Meeting Minutes
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