• Adoption is Not the Same as Having a Child of Your Own

    People who’ve never adopted have never felt the overwhelming intensity of first meeting their child. It’s hard to explain the giddy anticipation mixed with unnamed anxiety. This combination of emotions helps etch even the tiniest details into your memory forever– the colors, the smells, the words, the emotions. For me, this moment is one of ...

  • A New Adoption Paradigm – Part 2 of Article Published in April Issue of Adoption Today

    This is the 2nd part of a two-part article, authored by ACI’s Richard Pearlman, LCSW.  It was published in the April issue of Adoption Today Magazine.  You can find this article  here

    For more than two decades, Richard has been thinking about the paradigms that govern how people think about and ...

  • A New Adoption Paradigm – Part 1 of Article in March issue of Adoption Today

    1st part of a two-part article, authored by ACI’s Richard Pearlman, LCSW, is published in the March issue of Adoption Today magazine.

    For more than a two decades Richard has been thinking about the paradigms that govern how people think about and practice adoption.  Along with Jane Turner, ACI’s executive director, Richard has been developing a ...

  • ACI – Adoptive Family Meets Facebook Founder and Talks About Adoption

    What an extraordinary story! Sometimes good things do come from social media. We at Adoption Center of Illinois are pleased to share this story about Rich and Tina Peterson and how they met their son, Lucian, through taking a risk and putting information out about their dreams on Facebook. The field of adoption is changing so much ...

  • One Birth Mother’s thoughts about adoption.

    In this video a birth mother discusses what she was thinking when she considered placing her for adoption.  For every person the thoughts and ideas and considerations surrounding making an adoption are different.  Placing a child for adoption is a decision that is never taken lightly.  Listen to what this young woman says and take ...

  • Where ACI Is Today – Reflections

    As I retired from my position as the agency’s Executive Director – the staff, board and I looked back at all that we accomplished since our inception. This video provides a snapshot of some of the activities we have been involved with and how we feel about what we’ve done.

  • Remembering Herbert Gordon, Founding Director

    Herb Gordon died early in morning on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. He was an extraordinary human being, a mentor and friend.

    He was not someone that all that many people heard about.

    After returning from serving in World War II, he went into business and by the time he was in his late 40’s he had it ...

  • Retirement Announcement from our Executive Director

    Richard Pearlman, LCSW, discusses his retirement after more than 27 with the agency. He reflects on his time as one of the agency’s founders and its longest serving staff member. Read his comments about FRC/ACI and invitation to attend the Forever Family Gala on April 30, ...

  • 2015 Annual Family Picnic

    It’s underway

    The annual picnic is underway and we having loads of fun! We have a petting zoo, pony rides and a great weather too! This year we have a climbing wall!

  • Our Beautiful Mural

    When ACI moved to its current building on Clark Street, there was nothing but brick on the north wall. Tom Melvin, of Thomas Melvin Painting Studio, had a great idea: let’s put a mural up. The only catch? He would create the design and donate his time and talent to ACI. Every few years, the ...

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