Post Adoption Support

Interested in learning about birth family background or the child placed for adoption? 

Wondering if making a connection is a possible? 

Looking for guidance because you connected with, found, or were found by birth relative(s)? 

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

Click the sections below to learn about post adoption services.

Schedule a 30 minute phone call with a social worker in our Post Adoption Department by selecting the appropriate option below. Or, if you are seeking in person counseling, go to Center for Life Long Adoption Support to learn more.

Information Only - Cradle Adoption $0
CRADLE ADOPTIONS ONLY. This one time free phone call is available to those connected to a cradle adoption to discuss the type of information and services/options available based on the specific situation.

Information Only – Non-Cradle Adoption $25.00
NON-CRADLE ADOPTIONS. This one time phone call is available to anyone connected to an adoption to discuss the type of information and services/options available based on the specific situation.

Consultation - $25.00
A phone call to provide guidance around connecting with, or the idea of connecting with, birth relatives; whether you are the searcher or the person found; whether through an intermediary, DNA or on your own. Help identify expectations and possible outcomes, as well as navigate the process and experience.

  • 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 a phone call to get started.
  • Information may be available through the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE).
  • 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 a phone call 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.

  • 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 Records.
  • If you were not born in Illinois, 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.
  • Informational Phone Call
    • 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 Illinois 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.
  • Court documents may be requested through the Clerk of the Court in the county in which the adoption was finalized. Most often, Illinois adoptions were finalized in Cook County. Court documents are not available from The Cradle.
  • Adoptions laws vary from state to state. Learn about Illinois’ adoption laws in the Illinois Adoption Act and the Child Care Act.
  • Information Only Phone Call - Cradle Adoptions: $0
  • Information Only Phone Call -Non Cradle Adoptions: $25
  • Consultation: $25
  • Cradle Registry: Free
  • Non-Identifying Background Report: $125, $50 if pre-1940
  • Search and Connection Service: $300
  • Reconnection/Outreach: $50

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 a Phone Call.

 

 

 

 

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.