Domestic Adoption
Holt International's Illinois and Wisconsin branch places infants born in Illinois and Wisconsin with families in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Every adoption looks different. An adoption can be open, semi-open, closed or somewhere in between. The birth parent(s) decide how much, if at all, they would like to stay in contact with their child throughout their life, and together you can come up with a plan. While some birth parents may choose a closed adoption, we ask that all adoptive parents are comfortable with at least a semi-open adoption.

We have an urgent need for African American and Hispanic families living in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin for our domestic infant adoption program. If you're considering adoption, now is the time to get started!

Open Adoption

An open adoption relationship can include pre-arranged visits from your child's birth family throughout your child's life, regular phone, email and social media correspondence, or even things like them attending your child's sports games or music performances. This is not co-parenting, but rather a way for the birth parent(s) to maintain a healthy relationship with their child.

Semi-Open Adoption

In a semi-open adoption, you will send regular updates, through email, text or photos, to the birth parents throughout your child's life. You and your child's birth parents can decide what this will look like, the frequency of updates and what type of information the birth parents will share in return, if any.



Closed Adoption

In a closed adoption, you have very little to no contact with your child's birth family after placement. Some birth parents feel that this option is easier for them emotionally. But because we ask all of our adoptive families to at least be open to a semi-open adoption, this relationship could change over time.



Why Choose Holt International?

1

Our branch office staff takes a caring and personalized approach with each family we serve. We want to get to know you and your family throughout your adoption journey.

 

2

One of our top priorities is providing support and resources with the utmost sensitivity to the expectant parent(s) who request our services. We strive to ensure that each expectant mother is well cared for physically and emotionally throughout her adoption journey.

 

3

Our service to you doesn’t end once your adoption has been finalized. We offer adoption-competent therapy as an ongoing resource for adoptive parents and adoptees, as well as parent education workshops that help with the unique struggles of adoptive parenting.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Timeline

The following is a typical process for domestic adoption. At every step, we'll help guide you through every decision and prepare you for what to expect.

  • Attend Information Session

    Potential adoptive parents learn about adoption and the options for their family before submitting a formal application.

  • Intake & Training

    After acceptance into the program, families complete 13+ hours of adoption training.

  • Homestudy Process

    The family submits a medical evaluation and their social worker conducts interviews, background checks and a home inspection to complete their homestudy.

  • Create Family Profile

    Families create a profile book which includes their bio and photos to be presented to the expectant parent(s).

  • Connect with Expectant Parent(s)

    If the expectant parent(s) desire to meet a family and choose them to be their child's adoptive parents, they will all meet together and decide on the level of openness in their adoption.

  • Labor & Delivery

    The expectant parent(s) decide whether or not they would like the adoptive family present at the hospital.

  • Placement

    Seventy-two hours after the child is born, the expectant parent(s) make a decision to sign the final and irrevocable surrender documents. During this time, the child can be cared for by the adoptive parents or by a temporary licensed foster family.

  • Post-Placement Visits

    The social worker will visit the adoptive family and their child at least five times to make sure that everything is going well. After six months, the adoption is finalized by the court.

  • Lifelong Communication

    The birth family, adoptive family and child can continue a relationship throughout the child's life, as mutually agreed upon. Holt International offers ongoing support and counseling to the birth parent(s), adoptive family and adoptee throughout their life.

Timeline

The following is a typical process for domestic adoption. At every step, we'll help guide you through every decision and prepare you for what to expect.

  • Attend Information Session

    Potential adoptive parents learn about adoption and the options for their family before submitting a formal application.

  • Intake & Training

    After acceptance into the program, families complete 13+ hours of adoption training.

  • Homestudy Process

    The family submits a medical evaluation and their social worker conducts interviews, background checks and a home inspection to complete their homestudy.

  • Create Family Profile

    Families create a profile book complete with bio and photos to be presented to the birth parent(s).

  • Connect with Expectant Parent(s)

    If the birth parent(s) desire to meet a family and choose them to be their child's adoptive parents, they will come together and decide on the level of openness in their adoption relationship.

  • Labor & Delivery

    The birth parent(s) decide whether or not they would like the adoptive family present at the hospital.

  • Placement

    Seventy-two hours after the child is born, the birth parent(s) make a decision to sign the final and irrevocable surrender documents. During this time, the child can be cared for by the adoptive parents or by a temporary licensed foster family.

  • Post-Placement Visits

    The social worker will visit the adoptive family and their child at least five times to make sure that everything is going well. After six months, the adoption is finalized by the court.

  • Lifelong Communication

    The birth family, adoptive family and child can continue a relationship throughout the child's life, as mutually agreed upon. Holt International offers ongoing support and counseling to the birth parent(s), adoptive family and adoptee throughout their life.

Interstate Adoption

Holt International’s Illinois and Wisconsin branch has a robust interstate adoption program, which can be a faster domestic option for some families as an expectant parent from any U.S. state could choose you as the family for her child. View interstate eligibility and fees. For information about interstate adoption, please email our staff at illinois@holtinternational.org in Illinois, or wisconsin@holtinternational.org in Wisconsin.

Step-parent & Relative Adoption

We help facilitate step-parent and relative adoption for Wisconsin birth parents. Through Holt International, our social workers will help you contact an adoption-competent attorney, walk you through the homestudy process, and petition the court. If you would like to learn more about this option, please contact us at wisconsin@holtinternational.org.

Your Family Profile Book

One of the first steps in your adoption process will be creating your family profile book. Both the hardcopy and online versions will be given to expectant parent(s) to help them choose an adoptive family for their child. Your social worker will walk you through this process. Learn more here, or see the profiles of other Holt International Illinois and Wisconsin branch families.

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Start Your Adoption Journey

Whether you are still gathering information or feel ready to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our program or get started.

If you'd like to learn more about domestic infant adoption, complete the form below and we will get in touch with you!

Attend an Adoption Information Meeting

A great way to learn more about adoption is to attend one of our free adoption information meetings! You'll learn about our domestic and international programs, parent eligibility, wait times, costs and more. See upcoming meetings here.

CONTACT

  • Main Office
  •      630-754-4500
  •      illinois@holtinternational.org
  •     270 Remington Blvd., Suite D
  •     Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440
  •      8:30 am to 4:00 pm (CT) M - Th
  •      8:30 am to 12:30 pm (CT) F
  • Wisconsin Office
  •      920-328-9495
  •     414 E. Walnut St. Suite 261
  •     Green Bay, WI 54301
  •      8:30 am to 4:00 pm (CT) M - Th
  •      8:30 am to 12:30 pm (CT) F

LOCATION

  • Our options counselors can meet with you anywhere in Illinois and Wisconsin.
  • Illinois:
  • Chicago and surrounding suburbs (Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, Elgin)
  • Northern Illinois (Rockford, DeKalb, Quad Cities)
  • Central Illinois (Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria, Decatur)
  • Southern Illinois (Carbondale, Marion, East St. Louis, Belleville, Mt. Vernon)
  • Wisconsin:
  • Southern Wisconsin, (Milwaukee, Madison, Kenosha, Racine, Janesville, Waukesha, Fond du Lac)
  • Northeast Wisconsin, (Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Sturgeon Bay, Marinette)
  • Central Wisconsin, (Wausau, Stevens Point, Marshfield, Waupaca, Rhinelander, Antigo)
  • Western Wisconsin, (Eau Claire, Menomonie, La Crosse, Black River Falls, Superior)

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