The Cradle is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under the IRS code 501(c)(3). We are licensed by the state of Illinois, child welfare license # 005064. We are also licensed in Indiana. Our Indiana license number is 53866. The Cradle is non-sectarian, working with clients from all religious affiliations as well as all races and ethnicities. DCFS Adoptive Parent Training Approval: “In reviewing the materials, I would like to inform you that they are some of the strongest adoptive parent preparation curricula that have been approved by this agency.” Read the entire letter here



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The Cradle is accredited by the Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity (IAAME) to provide intercountry adoption services. The U.S. State Department has designed IAAME as the accrediting entity to ensure that U.S. accredited agencies perform their duties in an ethical and transparent manner.  Accreditation is both a significant achievement and a powerful promise. It means that we have met rigorous internationally recognized standards of excellence in the quality of services and organizational operations. These standards reflect the principles and values found in the Hague Adoption Convention (Convention) and the Intercountry Adoption Act (IAA). The Cradle is currently accredited through July 2026; we have maintained accreditation since the program’s inception.


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