Share In Our Celebration!
In the new film, Stories From the Red Couch, Cradle Adoptive Dad and Hollywood producer Dan Lanigan has beautifully captured 99 years of The Cradle’s work through emotional, uplifting and inspiring stories of adoption. Ten Cradle families recently returned to the well-worn red couch found in the lobby of The Cradle to explore the beauty and complexities of adoption, challenge some adoption myths and share their experiences of working with The Cradle.
Watch Stories from the Red Couch
View the Trailer
Share This Celebration With Family And Friends
Consider hosting an in-person watch party with COVID-19 safety measures in place or host a Zoom to watch together virtually. This is a special birthday party and film release you won’t want to miss.
Share Your Red Couch Story
If you have your own red couch story AND/OR photo to share, share it with The Cradle and it may appear in our future communications.
Donate to Stories From The Red Couch
If you would like to designate a gift to the event now, visit our Donation page and select "Stories From The Red Couch Event" in the "Please use this gift for" drop down list.
What is the Red Couch and Where Can I Find It?
The red couch sits in the living room of The Cradle located in Evanston, Illinois. It is a well-worn, cushy sofa that newly formed adoptive families sit on for their first joyous portrait. For decades thousands of cherished family photographs have been taken on this beloved red couch. It has become a symbol of success for expectant parents, adoptive parents & adopted children.
A Hollywood Produced Film
Stories from The Red Couch was created by the Cinema Relics Productions team led by Hollywood writer, producer, director and (most importantly) Cradle Adoptive Dad, Dan Lanigan. Dan and his wife Jill adopted their two children through The Cradle and wanted to highlight not only The Cradle’s 99 year history, but the outstanding support, guidance and counsel the agency provided them and countless other families. Dan most recently produced and starred in the Disney+ series Prop Culture and has worked on the series Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Return and The West Texas Investors Club. We are deeply grateful to Dan and his creative team for working with us to create Stories from The Red Couch.
Thank You To Our Sponsors
The Connelly Family
Penelope Boardman: Aristotle Foundation (Telly Savalas Family Memorial Fund)
Phyllis S. Thomas and Alan Curtis
Nancy Sanborn and Richard Dahling
John, Doug, and Aidan Luce
Water Street Healthcare Partners
Mary Ann Hays
Corinne and Bill McClintic