International Adoption: Pre-Adoptive Parent Training in Illinois

The Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) in Illinois requires that every adoptive parent receive a minimum of 4 hours of In-Person Prospective Parent Adoption Training.

The Training Session will cover important issues for parents to consider as they plan for an international adoption.  The curriculum includes:

  • Preparing for a Successful Adoption
  • Process for Completing an Adoption
  • Adoption as a Legal Process
  • Understanding a Child’s Prior Experience and How They Effect Adoptive Placements
  • Medical Risks
  • Attachment Issues
  • Openness as a Continuum in Adoption
  • Special Issues in Adoption
  • Issues Specific to a Child’s Special Needs

Madison Adoption Associates will hold these trainings on the following dates and times through December 2017.  *We will do our best to schedule these in 6-month increments.

South Office:
128 John Street, Suite 2
Rochester, IL 62563
(217) 498-9700

North Office:
1325 Wiley Road, Suite 165
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(217) 498-9700

Dates/Location                                                            Trainer
Wednesday, June 21 in Schaumburg                Jamie Janssen Casey
Saturday, July 1 in Rochester                                Misty Lucas & Sara Oglesby
Wednesday, August 9 in Schaumburg               Jamie Janssen Casey
Saturday, September 9 in Rochester                  Misty Lucas
Wednesday, October 4 in Schaumburg             Jamie Janssen Casey
Saturday, November 11 in Rochester                 Misty Lucas

ALL Training Sessions are from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

There will be no trainings in December, due to the busy holiday schedules that month.

$100 per session for Madison Adoption Associates clients (per family).
$150 per session for clients (per family) from other agencies.
Single applicants are welcome to bring a support person.
Payment will be made at the training session.

Lunch will be provided.

Families are encouraged to register with the Rochester office at least one week prior to the training.

If a Prospective Parent requests an individual training session, the fee is double and the training will only be held in the Madison Adoption Associates office.

Please contact Misty Lucas,, if you have any questions.