Adoption & Pregnancy Counseling
Adoption and Pregnancy Counseling Services guide individuals and couples who wish to expand their families through adoption, as well as expectant parent/s in need of pregnancy counseling. Assistance also is available for families formed through adoption who encounter emotional, educational, medical or behavioral issues.
LSSI offers infant, international and special needs adoption. The majority of LSSI’s adoption services are offered statewide. LSSI’s adoption services include:
- Preparation, training and licensing (if required) for prospective adoptive parents
- Pre- and post-adoption support groups
- Home studies
- Adoption placement (domestic adoption)
- Assistance with U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (international adoption)
- Information on international travel and how to choose an international agency (international adoption)
- Post-adoption support services and post-placement/adoption services as required for the placing agency (international adoption)
LSSI also offers Adoption Preservation services for families formed through adoption or subsidized guardianship for those whose children are experiencing emotional, education, medical or behavioral issues. The services include assessment and consultation for the entire family, educational and support groups, and 24-hour crisis support.
LSSI is the largest provider of Adoption Preservation services in the state. These services are available in 25 counties, primarily in central Illinois. For families residing elsewhere, LSSI will provide referral assistance to help families connect with the Adoption Preservation provider in their area.
For more information, please visit AdoptionIllinois.org or call 888.671.0300 (toll-free).
LSSI is an Illinois Licensed Child Welfare Agency - License #013005.
Pregnancy Counseling Services
Pregnancy Counseling Services assist birth parents who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and desire help in deciding whether to parent or make an adoption plan. Birth parents meet with a caseworker who assists them in evaluating financial resources, developing plans for the future, contacting appropriate community resources, and/or creating an adoption plan. Services are available statewide, and include:
- Confidential counseling at no charge to birth parents who are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
- Guidance in exploring community resources.
- Assistance with living expenses for birth parents.
- If the plan is for adoption, LSSI can help the birth parent(s) select adoptive parents who have been prepared and licensed by LSSI. Birth parents will have the opportunity to meet the adoptive family. LSSI can also prepare and license a family that the birth parents know and want as the adoptive parents.
- Caseworkers can meet with birth parents in their community, even if an LSSI office is not located in that community.
Birth Mother's Support Group
The Birth Mothers Support Group, which meets in Peoria, provides emotional support for birth mothers who make or have made an adoption plan for their child. For more information, contact Mary Wake at 309.671.0300, ext. 285; or Mary.Wake@LSSI.org.
To learn more about pregnancy counseling services, please call 888.671.0300 (toll-free) or visit AdoptionIllinois.org.
Frequently Asked QuestionsWho makes the decisions?
The birth parents make decisions based on their own personal circumstances. If an adoption plan is being arranged, the birth parents are able to select an adoptive family and request the degree of ongoing communication with which they are most comfortable.Does the birth father have rights?
The birth mother and the birth father share in the decision-making responsibility. Parenting or making an adoption plan usually works best if the birth parents can talk with each other and agree on a plan. If one parent wants to make an adoptive plan and the other does not, the court may have to be involved. A caseworker can assist with this process.Can I still have pregnancy counseling if my child has already been born?
Yes. Planning is easier if it is not rushed, but if a child is born and the birth parents are overwhelmed thinking about what to do, LSSI can still help. LSSI can provide counseling services even if the mother or father has been parenting the child for awhile and become unsure that she or he has made the best decision.