Agency Assisted Process

Attend an Agency Assisted and International Informational Meeting at any of our locations throughout the Chicago, Illinois area. These meetings provide an overview of The Cradle's adoption programs, introduction to open adoption (for domestic adoption), and include an opportunity for questions.

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Meeting Dates:

May 18th, 2019
July 20th, 2019
September 21st, 2019
November 16th, 2019

Complete and return preliminary paperwork with registration fee.

Meet with your personal adoption counselor who will discuss your interest in adoption.

The home study consists of a series of couple and/or individual interviews with your counselor, selecting the adoption program that is right for you, home visits, paperwork, and a series of educational classes that will prepare you for welcoming a child into your home. Your counselor will work closely with you throughout your preparation process. A home study is the legal document which outlines the backgrounds, lifestyles, home setting and medical history of an adoptive family. A home study also includes a background check and fingerprinting.

To learn more about the home study process please visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.

Choose your anticipated child's placement agency while your home study is being completed. Learn about the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) process. Talk to a mentor family.

Create your profile to introduce your family to potential expectant parents. Your Profile will contain information and photos of yourselves, family and friends. This is your first introduction to potential expectant parents and will help them to understand a little about what it would be like for their child to live with your family. Your profile will be shown to expectant parents who are considering adoption.

Take the Adoption Learning Partner's course on adoption profiles to help get you started.

They will answer legal questions, give advice and assist you in the legal finalization process of your child.

Receive a referral of a specific child from your placing agency.

Travel varies depending on state requirements.

Your adoption counselor will visit with you at least three times during the first six months after placement. Specific requirements for post-placement visits vary by state. You'll be able maintain your connection to The Cradle and other adoptive families at our many family events and workshops.