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Our Process of Adoption

Choosing an adoption agency is an important and sometimes difficult decision. You want to rely upon someone to carefully guide you through your options as well as the process. You need to partner with someone you can trust.

At The Cradle you will find a wealth of experience and compassion. With our advice and assistance, you will be supported through every step of the adoption process. Your counselor will serve as your guide throughout your home study, educational workshops, and placement.

We believe keeping adoptive parents informed throughout the entire adoption process helps them make the best decisions. So whether you ultimately choose domestic or intercountry adoption, The Cradle can assist you.

The first step to working with The Cradle is by attending one of our free informational meetings.

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The Cradle welcomes prospective adoptive parents of all religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Marriage Status:

We work with couples and singles for all three of our programs:

⬤  Intercountry Program

⬤  Agency Assisted Program

⬤  General Domestic Program

At the time of registration couples do need to be married, but we do not have a marriage length requirement. Though, the placing agency or country you choose might have a marriage length requirement. 

Age Requirements:

For all of our programs, prospective adoptive parents must be a minimum of 25 years of age.

For our two infant domestic program (Agency Assisted Program and General Domestic Program), at the time of registration prospective adoptive parents must be 47 years old or younger.

For our Intercountry Program, prospective adoptive parents need to meet the age and other requirements of the country they hope to adopt from.

Location Requirements:

Prospective adoptive parents must live within one of the six counties in Illinois we serve:

⬤  Cook

⬤  DuPage

⬤  Kane

⬤  Lake

⬤  McHenry

⬤  Will

We do not accept other agency’s home studies for our General Domestic Program.


If you would like to learn more about our program or have questions before or after attending our free informational meetings, please schedule a free 20 minute call with an adoptive parent counselor.

More Information For Adoptive Parents

Learn more about your rights as a prospective adoptive parent in the State of Illinois and the policies of The Cradle:

⬤  Adoptive Parents' Rights and Responsibilities in Illinois (CF403D)

⬤  Adoption Services Agreement

Learn more about our License and Certificates.