Adoption through ECFA

Evangelical Child and Family Agency is a pro-life, non-profit agency that provides high-quality adoption services to the Evangelical Christian community. We have trained, licensed social workers who will be with you throughout your jouney offering encouragement and support.

We believe that together we can make a difference in the lives of children, both domestically and internationally.

To learn more about each program or to discuss which option is best for you and your family, please contact us at (630) 653-6400 or mail

Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Illinois Domestic: The domestic program is open to families who meet CFA’s eligibility criteria for adoption. This program works alongside ECFA’s Pregnancy Support Service program which provides birth parents with free confidential counseling, assistance, and other support services. If birth parents chose adoption for their child, they will be able to view profiles of families and have the opportunity to identify and meet with the family they would like to raise their child. ECFA provides education to prospective adoptive and birth parents about adoption and openness in adoption. ECFA helps facilitate the relationship between the birth parents and the adoptive parents with the hope that it will be sustained throughout the child’s life.

Interstate: Families utilize ECFA for their home study and post-placement services when adopting from a different state. With this option, families identify a domestic-placing agency that is responsible for matching families with infants from another state.

Private: Families who have an existing relationship with an expectant birth mother, prior to engage in in services with ECFA, can utilize ECFA for their home study and post-placement services. The expectant mother can utilize ECFA Pregnancy Support Services, if she so chooses.

International / Orphan Hosting: ECFA can assist families to identify an intercountry-placing agency that is responsible for matching families with children from the country from which they want to adopt. In Orphan Hosting, a family will host a child from another country for 3 to 4 weeks. The host family will either consider adoption of the child or at a minimum will work with the agency to assist in advocating for the child in identifying an adoptive family.

Embryo: Families utilize ECFA for their home study and post-placement services (if required) when they desire to use donated embryos to achieve a pregnancy. With this option, families would identify an agency that is responsible for matching families with embryos.

Foster to Adopt: Many children in foster care (especially sibling groups or children with special needs) are available for adoption due to failed return home plans. Adoptive families can utilize ECFA for their home study and to become licensed. After placement, there are no additional costs and financial assistance is usually available.


  • Orientation: This is an in-person “informational meeting” that introduces you to the adoption process and the types of adoptions that are available to you.
  • Home Study: The home study takes approximately 2-3 months, and includes, but is not limited to, a minimum of 3 office visits and 1 home visit, background checks, references, and adoption training.
  • Waiting: This phase may appear to be the most difficult, but God is at work in preparing you and your child.
  • Post Placement Services: Home visits and reports are completed, based on state or international requirements.


For more information about Adoption Services, click here.