Psychoeducational Support Groups

The Cradle offers 6-week online virtual psychoeducational support groups. Having the opportunity to connect with others, and to share with and hear from those who understand your experience, is important. These support groups will allow you to talk about the challenges and joys you may have experienced, while receiving support from a clinically trained therapist.

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Available Sessions

7 Core Issues of AdoptionModerated by Nina M. Friedman, LCSW, Director of Post Adoption Support

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Who is Eligible to Participate?

The upcoming series is for adoptive parents with children in their home, 18 years of age or younger.

Program Overview

This series will address the 7 core issues of adoption as identified by Silverstein and Kaplan:

  1. Loss
  2. Rejection
  3. Guilt/shame
  4. Grief
  5. Identity
  6. Intimacy
  7. Mastery/control

Understanding these core issues, and how they impact your life, can be validating. Participants can expect to talk about their experiences, hear other people’s stories, struggles and joys, give and receive support, and better understand the lasting effects of the adoption experience. 

About the Moderator

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.

Registration Information

The fee for 6 weeks is $75. You will receive payment information in your confirmation email. Registration is required and space is limited to 20 participants per group. Registration is not complete until payment is made.
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Learn more about The Cradle and Illinois post adoption support services.

The Cradle provides private and personalized counseling to anyone touched by adoption. Learn more about the Center for Life Long Adoption Support.