You may choose any one of the various steps described below to obtain copies of the final judgments or judgment orders for adoption cases:
The petitioner must fill out a "Request for Certified Copies of Court Records in Adoption Proceedings"
form which can be obtained on this site under the related forms tab. Fill out the form and submit it in person or by mail to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, County Division, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Room 1202, Chicago, IL 60602. (Please see Step 3 below if you are unable to come into the office or mail the form.) The petitioner must present a picture ID with the same name on the identification as the name on the adoption petition. It would be helpful to have the case number. If the file is located in the Division, the Petitioner will be escorted with the file and request to the chamber of the Presiding Judge. The Presiding Judge will sign an order allowing the Clerk's Office to release a certified copy of the Judgment Order of Adoption.
If it is a foreign adoption, the Social Security Administration may require additional documentation for citizenship purposes (passport, naturalization papers, etc.). Contact the Social Security Administration.
Or, Step 2:
Confirm that your adoption attorney requested that the birth certificate be amended to reflect the adoption. The attorney may have your copy of the amended birth certificate. If he/she does not, he/she should confirm for you that an amended birth certificate was issued. If one has not been issued, he/she should proceed with securing an amended birth certificate for you.
Or, Step 3:
What if I cannot come into the office? The petitioner can write a letter to the Clerk of the Circuit Court detailing all of the information regarding the adoption: name of adopting parents, name of adoptee and case number, if known. The petitioner must include a notarized copy of their picture identification with the same name on the identification as the name on the Judgment Order or Adoption file. Mail the letter to Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, County Division c/o Adoption Unit, Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St., Room 1202, Chicago, IL 60602. The request, along with the court file, will be given to the Presiding Judge for review. The Presiding Judge will grant or deny your request. If the Presiding Judge approves the request, the Petitioner will receive a certified copy of the Judgment Order. The Clerk's Office will contact you by mail of the outcome and any fees that need to be collected from you so that we can honor your request. If the Presiding Judge denies the request, the Petitioner will receive a letter from the Presiding Judge.