Pregnancy Options Counseling

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An unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming. While you may feel alone during this difficult time, we are here for you to help explore your options. You are not alone. We offer free, non-judgmental and confidential support during this critical decision-making time. 

It's never too early or too late to reach out to us. Our compassionate counselors will be there to answer your questions and help you explore all of your options, including adoption.

Options Counseling

The Cradle recognizes that everyone's situation is different. Your counselor will be there to help you weigh all your options and can meet with you at a location of your choosing. Contact us to set up an appointment with with one of our counselors.  


We are here to help you learn more about adoption and decide what will work best for you. Remember, it's never too early or too late to reach out to us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Every adoption looks different, though there are a few important steps. The first step is meeting with your counselor, at a location of your choosing. Your counselor will want to get to know you and discuss your options and your rights and responsibilities as someone considering adoption. She will also explain options for choosing a family for your baby if you choose adoption, as well as explain the opportunities for future contact with your child and their adoptive parents.

If you need temporary care for your baby while thinking over your decision, The Cradle nursery is available to you, if you live in Illinois. If you live in Indiana your case worker will discuss temporary care options with you. 

An open adoption is one in which the birth and adoptive families have shared identifying information, and may include direct ongoing contact. If you are unsure about an open adoption, that’s okay. All of our adoptive families are prepared for some level of ongoing contact, so if you change your mind later on we'll help you reconnect. 


Part of options counseling is exploring what parenting would look like for you. We can help you explore parenting resources that might be available to you and provide referrals if you need them.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are organizations that provide programs that could support you in parenting. Visit our resource page here

There are many things to think about when planning to raise a child. Some of the most important ones are:

  • Your daily schedule and child care needs
  • Your budget, including housing, living expenses/bills, baby supplies, transportation, child care, etc.
  • Health care and medical insurance
  • Supportive people (family, friends, professionals) – identify who those people are for you, and talk with them about the kinds of help you can expect from them

What is the first step?

Getting connected. When you contact us, we can set up a time for you to meet with one of our counselors. She can meet you somewhere in your area.


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