The Cradle Blog

The Search for Answers

Many adopted people search for answers about themselves and where they came from. The desire or need for birth family background information is understandable. While it’s true not every adopted person feels the need to seek out information, and when and if that happens in a person’s life varies, taking the step to move forward could mean answers regarding heritage, health, or self-discovery.

“I have supported countless adopted people in their decision to move forward to request information, and through the process of learning about birth family members. Those who receive background information often find answers to curiosities or questions they may have wondered about.”

The Cradle’s Post Adoption Services can help you initiate the process, and you can depend on us for support as you incorporate new information about your background into your life.

To ensure you are eligible, please click here and complete the form and submit. To learn more about Cradle and Illinois post adoption support services go to Post Adoption Support. Additionally, The Cradle provides private and personalized counseling to anyone touched by adoption. To learn more go to Center for Life Long Adoption Support.

Nina M. Friedman, LCSW
Director of Post Adoption Support

Nina M. Friedman has an in depth understanding of adoption issues. She has extensive experience working with adoptive and foster children and their families, adult adoptees, and birth parents. Prior to joining The Cradle’s staff in 2004, she worked with adoptive and foster families at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and Community Counseling Centers of Chicago. She also had a private social work therapy practice working with individuals, couples, and families.

Nina has a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Mental Health and a specialization in Family Therapy. As an undergraduate, she majored in Psychology with a minor in Family Relations and Human Development at The Ohio State University. Nina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois, has her DCFS Child Welfare Employee Licensure and is a Licensed Direct Child Welfare Services Employee. She represents The Cradle on the Illinois Adoption Registry-Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council, the Illinois Post Legal Adoption Services Meeting of Agencies, the Original Birth Certificate Access Oversight Committee, and the Stakeholder Advisory Team for the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation.