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Adoption Classes

Adoption Classes

Adoption Center of Illinois

Education and training classes for prospective foster and adoptive parents.

Services Offered

Adoption Information • Parent Education • Foster Care Training • Foster Parent • Adoptive Parent


Adoption Center of Illinois (ACI) offers a range of presentations, seminars, and panels to help prospective parents understand critical adoption issues and prepare to foster or adopt a child. Participants in the Traditional Adoption Program must attend a structured curriculum of ACI courses.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) requires families to participate in six hours of education and training prior to issuing a Foster Family Home License (FFHL) and a total of 16 hours for each licensed parent over the four-year duration of the license.

Under the Intercountry Adoption Act of 200, prospective adoptive parents interested in adopting internationally must complete at least 10 hours of training(12 hours if adopting from China) before they can interact with the child.

Click here to learn more about ACI classes or register online.


5828 N. Clark St., Family Resource Center, Chicago, IL 60660 41.9876769 -87.6700953

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • For adults considering domestic or international adoption.
  • For adults interested in becoming a foster parent.
  • There is a non-refundable class fee of $25 for the first adult and $15 for a second adult. Fees do not apply to families who have applied to Adoption Center of Illinois (ACI) or to ACI Alumni.
  • Unless otherwise noted, baby-sitting is not available as programs are not appropriate for children.


  • Adults accepted

How to Apply

All seminars are open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Register online or by calling (773) 334-2300. If you are not a current Adoption Center of Illinois or Alum, please call the accounting office at (773) 321-0305 to pay with a credit card.

When registering, please provide current contact information so you can be informed in the event of a class cancellation.