Adoptions Unlimited, INC. (CHICAGO, IL)

Name

  • Name:Heather Feltman
  • Title:Executive Director

Work Address

  • Organization Name:Adoptions Unlimited, INC.
  • Address:120 WEST MADISON
    ST. 800
    CHICAGO, IL 60602
    Illinois
    United States

Work Phone

  • Main phone:3123461516
  • Main fax:3123460004

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General

  • Mission:
  • The mission of AUI is to secure and support loving families for children in need of permanent homes statewide. AUI is motivated by the belief that every child deserves a loving family.

  • Overview:
  • A $5,000 grant from the Lawrence Foundation will allow us to provide extensive training to juvenile court and child welfare personnel in Winnebago and Will Counties of Illinois on the how the intensive, comprehensive family-finding model establishes lifelong family permanency opportunities for youth currently receiving foster care services. We initiated this work through a five-year demonstration project with the Children’s Bureau that launched in 2010, with a significant focus in Cook County/City of Chicago. We are now seeking to ensure that this approach is replicated and sustained throughout the state.

    Each year, 1,800 children living in Winnebago and Will Counties are removed from the custody of their parents due to abuse or neglect. Typically, children stay in foster care for a brief period of time, during which the family completes a case plan of services targeted at rehabilitation and prevention of future child maltreatment. One factor that may facilitate a successful reunification of children with their parents – or, failing that, provide an alternate route to permanency through adoption or guardianship—is children’s connections with extended family. However, because foster care frequently disrupts social connections, practitioners may need to take extra steps to help children maintain or re-establish these connections. One intervention that aims to do just that is Family Finding. The Family Finding model provides child welfare practitioners with intensive search and engagement techniques to identify family members and other adults close to a child in foster care, and to involve these adults in developing and carrying out a plan for the emotional and legal permanency of the child. The purpose of the Family Finding model is to build a life-long supportive network for children and their families, thus reducing the chances that they will have to re-engage with the child welfare system.
    This evidence-based approach improves permanency outcomes, facilitates active concurrent planning activities, and improves system response to permanency for youth in care. We accomplish these outcomes by training key staff in the following: 1) How to identify and engage potential relative caregivers during the early stages of an open child custody case; and 2) How to provide intensive search and family re-engagement services on behalf of adolescent youth who have lost kinship
    ties as a result of long-term foster care placements.

  • History:
  • Adoptions Unlimited has an extensive history of working with partners at the state and federal level to administer special programs. We operated under the auspices of the Child Care Association of Illinois from 1971 to 1981 and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) from 1981 to 2001, when our work was ‘spun off’ to create a separate nonprofit organization called Adoptions Unlimited, Inc. (AUI). We currently administer the Illinois Adoption Listing Service and 800 Inquiry Line (known collectively as the Adoption Information Center of Illinois) through a contract with DCFS. We also implement the Recruitment and Kin Connection Project, a five-year cooperative agreement between DCFS and the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, we administer the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Illinois Recruitment Program in partnership with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and DCFS; partner with AdoptUSKids and the Ad Council on the Adopt Illinois Kids & family recruitment campaigns: and operate the Heart Gallery of Illinois in partnership with the office of the Illinois Governor.

  • Year established:2001
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:8
  • Staff size:14

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:36-4420360