Illinois Chapter

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Welcome to the Home Page of the Gift of Adoption Illinois Chapter.


Since its inception in 2003, The Illinois Chapter of Gift of Adoption has awarded more than $955,000 to complete adoptions for more than 285 children. These grants have given parentless children from around the world and the United States permanent homes and the chance to thrive.

Please get involved and help the Illinois chapter continue to grow and reach more families in throughout its service area. Discover our volunteer opportunities.

Board members are responsible for building awareness and raising funds for this rapidly growing, energetic, national, nonprofit dedicated to putting adoption in reach for the millions of children world-wide without a family.  Gift of Adoption inspires adoption by providing grants to qualified parents – giving children without families permanent homes and the chance to thrive.

Board members can be located anywhere in the state, but must be willing to participate in monthly calls and quarterly in-person meetings to support the development of a strong state presence – as we create awareness of this new philanthropic category and resource our vision.

If you would like to work with smart, dedicated people who believe that a loving family is a basic right for children everywhere, contact Pam Devereux, CEO.

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The Illinois Chapter of Gift of Adoption Fund, a national charitable organization that provides financial assistance to complete adoptions of at-risk children, recently received a gift of $500 from Tower Racing, a cycling club based in Western Springs. Members of the team gathered before an early morning ride on June 24 to present a big check to Gift of Adoption Investor Board Member Allyson Zak, also of Western Springs.

Brad Green, president of Tower Racing, said the group is made up of people drawn together by a love of cycling, camaraderie, and the desire to have a positive impact on the community. “Tower Racing is excited to support such a great cause,” Green said. “The Illinois Chapter of Gift of Adoption Fund plays a critical role in getting children into families and strengthening our communities.”

Allyson Zak explained the need for adoption assistance. “There is a disconnection between the average US household income of $56,000 and the cost of adoption—easily $35,000 or more,” she said. “Gift of Adoption works to close that financial gap and get more kids into loving families.”
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100% of donations directly to the Chapter are used to provide adoption grants in this region.