Who are we?
Adoption-Link was founded in August 1992 by Margaret Fleming, a clinical social worker and adoptive mother of eight children. Adoption-Link is based upon the philosophy that children of all races, including those children with special needs, have a right to a loving and permanent home. Increasingly, prospective adoptive parents from all cultures and backgrounds are turning to minority children in the United States to build families through adoption. This trend has generated a need for educational, supportive, and networking services specific to the needs of these children. Providing these specialized adoption services has been the primary purpose of Adoption-Link. Chances by Choice, which was founded by Margaret in 2003, merged with and became a program of Adoption-Link in 2006. Chances by Choice specializes in providing internationally born HIV exposed children, and the families that support them, the resources to thrive. Adoption-Link is currently placing children for adoption from Guatemala and has the goal of adoptions from Ethiopia and possibly other countries in the near future. In addition to adoption placements, Chances will continue helping HIV+ children through reunification programs, sponsorship, education, job training, and humanitarian services.

Adoption-Link began as an adoption consultation service. Initially, a staff of one employee and one volunteer performed services for adoptive families and birth parents through the process of private adoption. Today, Adoption-Link is a full-service, licensed child-welfare agency with a staff of twelve, placing minority and special needs children with families throughout the U.S., linking HIV+ children with families and planning future endeavors internationally.

Adoption-Link strongly supports same-race placement. Trans-racial placement, however, is seen as a viable alternative, provided that the adoptive family is educated, sensitive, and open to the complex issues involved.

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Adoption-Link is a not for profit licensed child welfare agency #287866

1113 South Boulevard, Oak Park, IL 60302 (708) 524-1433