Adoption Center for Family Building

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8140 McCormick Blvd.
Suite 131
Skokie, IL 60076
United States

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Monday 9 AM-4 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-4 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-4 PM
Thursday 9 AM-4 PM
Friday 9 AM-4 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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Adoption Center for Family Building (ACFB) is a private, nonprofit open adoption agency licensed in Illinois and Indiana. We provide a full range of adoption counseling and placement services to birth parents and adoptive parents. Our experienced counselors are dedicated to helping our clients get the guidance and support they need throughout their adoption journey.

The agency was founded in 1996 by Tobi Ehrenpreis and Maggie Gill Benz. Both licensed social workers and adoptive mothers, Tobi and Maggie combined their administrative and clinical expertise to establish the agency. ACFB was conceived to be a progressive alternative to traditional, faith-based adoption agencies.

While going through the adoption process themselves, both women encountered barriers along the way. They were committed to creating a more transparent and flexible agency to better meet the needs of everyone.

Services and information

  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

You must meet minimum requirements to provide foster care for children in Illinois. To become a foster parent, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Attend foster parent orientation
  • Pass a background check
  • Finish 30 hours of foster parent training
  • Complete the Home Study
  • Provide at least three references
  • Clear a physical exam
  • Maintain financial stability

Foster families must be able to provide a safe and comfortable home for a child. You must provide room for the child to have a bed and enough space for personal belongings.

Foster parents do not need to be married or have a partner. However, if married, couples must show a stable marriage of at least one year before they can foster a child in Illinois.

Foster parents need to meet a child's basic care needs, such as providing meals and clothing. Foster families must also support a foster child's education and assist them in developing social skills.

Contact the DCFS or a local licensed child-placing agency to learn more or begin the fostering approval process.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.8 / 5
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Carla Jane
Aug 23, 2021

We successfully adopted a baby girl within 10 months of working with ACFB. Everyone was wonderful and this experience was painless with the help of the ACFB team. We are so blessed.

Rating: 5

Amber Flesch
Sep 08, 2020

We had such a wonderful experience with ACFB! They were honest and trustworthy throughout the entire process. The adoption of our daughter was just finalized and we are forever grateful!

Rating: 5

Harsanyi Marton
Jan 27, 2020

My husband and I successfully adopted a beautiful baby boy through ACFB in 2019. Adoption Center for Family Building was the right fit for our family, but it was important to do the research beforehand, which ACFB completely gets and supports.

We were especially encouraged about ACFB's track record of having same sex couples successfully adopt. And our friends' recommendation was a huge plus.

Maggie was our counselor, and she guided us through the process with kindness and professionalism. She helped us stay grounded, and helped us become empathetic with the brith parents' perspective.

(On a side note, Maggie has been involved in the legislative side of adoption, advocating for changes that reflect a more modern view on adoption, open adoption, all backed by her and ACFB's extensive research and experience.)

There's no universal playbook for adoption, every family has to figure out what works for them, and take it one step at a time. ACFB was the best case scenario for us, and we couldn't be happier with the results.

Rating: 5

Demetrios Varnasidis
Nov 27, 2018

amazing agency. friendly..honest and accurate in their process

Rating: 5

Anastasia Korovilas Varnasidis
Nov 26, 2018

Dear Future Parents, follow your heart and don’t give up on your dreams of adopting a child. It’s the best decision we have ever made and Adoption has forever changed our lives and has made our dreams come true of becoming a family of three.

The entire staff at Adoption for Family Building is knowledgeable, compassionate, caring, understanding and always quick to return calls and answer all of our questions and concerns. It is a small agency with amazing birthparent and adoptive parent counselors that truly cares about the birth parents and the adoptive parent’s entire adoption journey.

We now have a beautiful baby girl and couldn’t be happier and we owe it all to ACFB. ACFB is Awesome!!! We have no hesitation in recommending them to friends and other family members looking to adopt a child.

Rating: 5