Post Adoption Support

Interested in learning about your birth family background or your child? Want to see if it's possible to make a connection? Already have information or found birth relative(s) but are unsure about next steps? 

No matter how, when or where the adoption occurred…The Cradle can help, even if you're not sure what services you're looking for.

Click on any section below to learn more about our post adoption services.

Schedule an Informational Consultation with a social worker over the phone, or in person by request, to discuss:

  • The type of information and service options available based on the specific situation.
  • Navigating the process and experience of learning about and/or connecting with birth relatives.
  • Managing expectations and possible outcomes.

The one-time 30 minute Informational Consultation is free for Cradle adoptions. There is a $40 fee for non-Cradle adoptions. If you already had an Informational Consultation and would like additional support, schedule a Post Initial Consultation.

  • Non-identifying social and medical background information from the agency’s records. This is known as a Background Report. The amount of information will vary depending on the era in which the adoption was planned and the services provided. Schedule an Informational Consultation to get started.
  • Information may be available through the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE).
  • Birth Certificates
    • For Illinois births, a non-certified copy of the Original Birth Certificate (OBC), created at the time of birth, may be requested from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
    • For Illinois births, the legal birth certificate, amended after the adoption, may be requested from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Record. If you were not born in IL, contact your birth state’s vital records department. If that state is unable to locate your amended birth certificate, contact IARMIE at 877-323-5299 for assistance.
    • Birth certificates are not available from The Cradle.
  • Court documents may be requested through the Clerk of the Court in the County in which the adoption was finalized. Most often, IL adoptions were finalized in Cook County. Court documents are not available from The Cradle.
  • Illinois adoption law allows agencies to release names and other identifying information to specific individuals only if written consent has been authorized by the person whose information is being released.
  • For Cradle adoptions, authorization can occur through The Cradle’s Registry or our Search and Outreach services. Schedule an Informational Consultation to get started.
  • Names and other identifying information about birth parents may be available on the Original Birth Certificate. For Illinois births, click OBC or call 877-323-5299 to learn more. For other states, contact the state’s adoption department.
  • Names and other identifying information may also be available through the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.
  • Informational Consultation and Post Initial Consultation
    • Adult adopted people and/or their descendants
    • Birth parents and/or their descendants or siblings 
    • Adoptive parents in certain situations
    • Others connected to adoption if appropriate
  • Non-identifying medical and social background information from The Cradle
    • The adoption was arranged by The Cradle
    • An adopted person age 18 or older
    • A birth parent
    • An adoptive parent
    • An adult child (21 or older) of a deceased adopted person
    • A spouse of a deceased adopted person with a minor child
    • A sibling (21 or older) of a deceased birth parent
    • A birth sibling (21 or older) of a person that was adopted AND a common birth parent is deceased
  • The Cradle’s Registry and The Cradle’s Search and Connection Services
    • The adoption was arranged by The Cradle
    • An adopted person age 21 or older
    • A birth parent
    • An adoptive parent of an adopted person under the age of 21
    • An adult child (21 or older) of a deceased adopted person
    • A spouse of a deceased adopted person with a minor child
    • A sibling (21 or older) of a deceased birth parent
    • A birth sibling (21 or older) of a person that was adopted AND a common birth parent is deceased
  • Non-Certified Original Birth Certificate from the IL Department of Public Health. Call 877-323-5299 to learn more.
    • ​An IL born adopted person age 21 or older
    • An adult child (21 or older) of a deceased IL born adopted person
    • A birth parent of an IL born adopted person
  • Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange
  • Confidential Intermediary Service of Illinois
  • No. Illinois adoption records are not open; however some people may be eligible to obtain a non-certified copy of the Original IL Birth certificate. Click OBC or call 877-323-5299 to learn more.
  • Agencies that facilitate placements for the purpose of adoption have records. Those records are confidential and are not open.
  • Adoptions laws vary from state to state. Learn about Illinois’ adoption laws in the Illinois Adoption Act and the Child Care Act.
  • Informational Consultation: No Charge for Cradle facilitated adoptions; $40 for all others
  • Cradle Registry: Free
  • Non-Identifying Background Report: $125, $50 if pre-1940
  • Search and Connection Service: $300
  • Reconnection/Outreach: $50
  • Post-Initial Consultation: $40​​

All fees, regardless of outcome, are non-refundable. 

Fees are not intended to act as a deterrent to receiving services. Questions about fees may be discussed during an Informational Consultation.

 

 

 

 

Nina M. Friedman, LCSW
Director of Post Adoption Support

Nina 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, 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.