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
In this video Dr. Barnes discusses how women who are facing unplanned pregnancies talk about adoption. She shares her particularly insightful perspective on how adoption is viewed within the African American community and respectfully challenges some of that community’s understandings about adoption.
Talking about boundaries and her extended family network At ACI we have been examining a new paradigm for thinking about the experience of adoption. This paradigm shift begins with looking beyond the poorly understood and ill-defined concept of “openness”. We have come to see that when a child is adopted, everyone related to that child
When a birth parent trusts Adoption Center of Illinois at Family Resource Center [ACI] to care for their child – whether temporarily or irrevocably – what is really happening is that they trust their birth parent counselor. Here is Molly – an extraordinary young woman and ACI Birth Parent Counselor – with an infant recently
Event photos The staff, board of directors and Auxiliary board were so please to welcome more than 150 friends and community members to our Annual Open House and Cookies with Santa on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014. More than 35 children got to sit with Santa and everybody (parents and children alike) enjoyed visiting our “elves