Pre-Adoptive Parent Training in Illinois

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 for 2022.

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

2022 Dates/Locations                  Trainer
Saturday, January 22                   Misty Lucas
Saturday, April 23                          Sarah Usery
Saturday, August 20                     Sarah Usery
Saturday, November 19              Sarah Usery

ALL Training Sessions are from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Rochester training is with Misty Lucas (Illinois office).  Additional hours of in person training hours are available on these dates if previously arranged with Misty Lucas.

FREE for Madison Adoption Associates clients that have already paid for MAA’s Hague Training (CAF)
$100 for Madison Adoption Associates clients (per family) that have NOT paid for MAA’s Hague Training (CAF)
$150 per session for clients (per family) from other agencies.
Single applicants are welcome to bring a support person.

All participants must register online at least a week in advance, utilizing the red button to the right.  All fees for the non-MAA families will be invoiced for the training and fees must be received two days before the training.  If fees are not received two days prior to the training, then participants will not be issued a certificate for the training.  If there are any questions please contact Lisa Riley at 217-498-9700 or

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.