Illinois Adoption Agencies

The Adam Walsh Act provides access to a fingerprint-based background check to private agencies for prospective foster and adoptive parents, for approval before the placement of a child. This comprehensive check allows access to state and federal criminal history databases. This fingerprint-based check is recommended for all those working with vulnerable populations including children for adoption. Results of the background check are returned to the agency by the Illinois State Police.

Accurate Biometrics provides State and FBI fingerprint-based background checks, which are the most comprehensive criminal history records database checks.

The following name-based checks are also available through the Illinois State Police website and should also be used in addition to fingerprint-based checks:

Visit the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registry here: https://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/

Violent Offender Against Youth Registry: http://www.isp.state.il.us/crimhistory/chri.cfm

The adoption agency or organization will need to contact the Illinois State Police to issue an Originating Requester Identification (ORI) Number if the organization does not already have one. An ORI number is required before applicants can be fingerprinted for a background check.

Please contact the Account Management Team at 773-685-5832 to learn how to obtain an ORI and set up an account. Once an account is established, Accurate Biometrics will provide a customized fingerprinting form for the applicants.

Accurate Biometrics is a trusted live scan fingerprint provider. We offer fast convenient walk-in fingerprinting at over 40 locations in the Chicagoland area. Let us help you navigate the background check process. If you have any questions, please email us at info@accuratebiometrics.com.


Follow These Steps

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 (PL 109-248) is a federal act which was signed into law on July 27, 2006. Section 151 and 153 of the act require the U.S. Attorney General to ensure access to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) national criminal history record information by (1) governmental social service agencies with child protection responsibilities, (2) child welfare agencies, and (3) public and private elementary and secondary schools and state and local educational agencies. For the full AWA law, visit http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2098

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act, (PL 109–248) is available here:
http://uscode.house.gov/statutes/pl/109/248.pdf