Psychoeducational Support Groups

The Cradle’s online virtual psychoeducational support group series provides opportunities to connect, share and learn from others with common experiences. Participants can expect to discuss various challenges and joys experienced in the adoption journey, while receiving support from a clinically trained therapist.

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Available Sessions

Search and Connection with Birth RelativesModerated by Nina M. Friedman, LCSW, Director of Post Adoption Support

Sign up to join one of the following groups:

⬤  Group 1: Wednesdays at 7-8:15pm CT (Central Time) starting September 7, 2022 and ending September 28, 2022

⬤  Group 2: Tuesdays at 7-8:15pm CT (Central Time) starting October 11, 2022 and ending November 1, 2022

​⬤  Group 3: Tuesdays at 12-1:15pm CT (Central Time) starting November 29, 2022 and ending December 20, 2022

Who is Eligible to Participate?

The upcoming series is for adult adopted people who are 21 years of age or older.

Program Overview

In this series for adult adopted people who have searched for and connected with birth parents or other birth relatives, we will:

⬤  Explore motivations for searching, expectations of a connection and hoped for outcomes

⬤  Discuss the actual outcome, the integration of new information into your life and what the connection meant for you

⬤  Examine how you processed the connection and managed the emotions involved

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 4 weeks is $50. 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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Payment Information

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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.