Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center

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5828 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60660
United States

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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

4.4 / 5
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jenni jones
Mar 07, 2023

Do not bother with this company. We spent two years shelling out money to adoption center if IL after being licensed, just to be discouraged by them to meet or to adopt any of the children.

Rating: 1

Joseph Wanek
Dec 21, 2021

We adopted while residing in Asia.
We were referred to ACI after the agency we had been working with lost their accreditation while we were on the child waitlist. Since we’ve had a negative experience with another agency, we have an appreciation for the varying levels of service available. We will be forever grateful for the support we received from ACI. During our adoption journey, we came across a decent amount of questions and curveballs. The ACI team was always available to help us and did not shy away from the tough questions. Their compassion and experience is second to none! They continue to be a resource to us; we only wish ACI had been our first choice! Thanks!

Rating: 5

lekisha barr
Nov 12, 2021

Hello just wanted to say thanks to staff@ family resource center. feels like a dream come true I was able to talk with my daughter after 20 years I am grateful & thankful .I truly appreciate it Molly !❤️

Rating: 5

Kimberly Garcia
Aug 23, 2021

My mom adot my sister and we are really happy.

Rating: 4

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May 24, 2021

Judgmental and discriminatory... they are the worst!

Rating: 1