Lutheran Family Service is a fully licensed child-placing agency that provides a wide-range of adoption services including domestic infant adoption, international adoption, embryo adoption, down syndrome adoption, and search and reunion assistance. We are here to walk with you on the journey of deciding the best option for you and your family.
Use our webform to request a packet of adoption services information that you will need to begin the process of building your family through adoption. Click or tap the "Request Information" button below.
For over 120 years, Lutheran Family Service has been a leader in Iowa adoption services, matching thousands of children with their forever families. We are now able to offer the same trusted and expert adoption services to North & Central Illinois, Eastern Nebraska and South Dakota!
Lutheran Family Service offers a Domestic Infant Adoption Program and Down Syndrome Adoption Program as well as services related to International Adoption and Embryo Adoption. We also provide services to birth families and adoptees previously matched through Lutheran Family Service who want to reunite through search and reunion assistance.
The Lutheran Family Service adoption program is built on our belief that every human life—no matter how it was conceived—is precious in the eyes of God. Every child has the right to grow in families where their emotional, developmental, spiritual and physical needs will be adequately met.
The process requires planning and preparation, but Lutheran Family Service will always be available to walk with you on that journey as you create a family through adoption.
Lutheran Family Service provides is able to provide adoption services in the following areas:
Adoption is a unique, lifelong experience for adopting parents, adopted children and birth parents. It requires ongoing education, reflection and participation, and we’ll walk with you every step of the way. Because of this, Lutheran Family Service provides adoption help to both adoptive parents and birth parents. We encourage families of all ethnicities to apply to be adoptive families.
Contact Lutheran Family Service for information and support. To talk by phone or to schedule a confidential appointment, call us at:515-251-4900
If you are already in our adoption program, and wish to pay your fees securely online, you may do so using the "Make Online Payment" button below.
Click the button below to view a Zoom replay of our Embryo Adoption Webinar!
The state of Illinois requires certain information be available on the website for adoptive parents residing in Illinois. Please click to view and/or download the following: Illinois Adoptive Parents Rights and Responsibilities, Policy & Practices, Licensing Standards for Child Welfare Agencies, Annual Report, and the Adoption Inquiry Packet (which includes a description of adoption services provided, general eligibility criteria, fees and registration form). The Lutheran Family Service Illinois license number is: 568556. The state of Illinois maintains a complaint registry which you can access by calling 1-800-252-2873.
You helped us become a family. Thanks for everything. You are so wonderful at what you do– kind, compassionate, ethical and honest. Thank you for your strength and support during these crazy and beautiful times.
- Lucas & Sofia
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