You deserve The Cradle

We make you our priority

At The Cradle, we respect and support your emotional, physical and legal needs before, during and after the adoption.

Our counselors are expertly trained to guide and assist you during this critical time. We make sure that you understand all your options, that all your concerns are addressed, and that your voice is heard throughout the entire adoption process.

We have wonderful families waiting to adopt

Not only do adopting parents through The Cradle undergo a thorough background check and comprehensive screening process, they must complete many hours of adoption and parenting classes before they are considered part of our incredible group of Cradle families.

We hold our adopting parents to such high standards so that you can rest assured that your baby will be well cared for, raised by parents who will love and adore him.

We are here for you.

Just because the adoption is final, our relationship doesn’t need to be over. We strongly believe that providing support after placement is just as important as before.

Our experienced Cradle counselors will prepare you for the feelings of grief and loss you may experience after the adoption. We can also put you in touch with others who have completed adoption plans for an added source of comfort and support.

We are here to stay.

Because we are an adoption agency, The Cradle is legally required to keep adoption records for 99 years. This, combined with the fact that we have already been here for more than 85 years, should give you the peace of mind to know that you can turn to us well into the future.

Heather Discusses Adoption Counseling at The Cradle

Video Transcript

Heather: So my name is Heather Cange, before my name was Heather Johnson, and I came to know The Cradle in 1999. I was actually a student at North Park University, and I became pregnant with my boyfriend at the time who I had been with for about two years.

So my parents actually were the one who said, ‘Have you heard about The Cradle?’

Everyone had an opinion. You should do this, you should do that, you should do this. But The Cradle was a place where I came for sanctuary every week, or every other week. I can’t remember. I came a lot. And my birth mother counselor was there to talk to me about, not only my feelings at the time, but to help me see what else these feelings could morph into in the future both ways. I was going to... I had picked out a family, I was going to adopt up until the night Haley was born and it was the final moment after everything had kind of culminated. And I listened to her and listened to God, and I was like ‘I know I can do this.’

It wasn’t until that night, when I was alone and the weight of the entire nine months had finally hit. And I just don’t think that without The Cradle counseling I would have been able to sort through what really was me, what really were others, what really was Haley, what really was the birth parents. There was just so many overwhelming feelings and I just don’t think I could’ve, either way… even if I never looked into adoption, I would never have been able to mentally prepare for the rest of my life.

Slide: Do you have any advice for women who are thinking about adoption?

Heather: Well, the first thing I would say is to get help. I know that sounds kind of obvious. Without reaching out and getting help, I think you’re left to make decisions based on biases from the past or other people’s influence. And at the end of the day, what help gives you is a chance to empower yourself. And so the first thing is get help.

I feel like I made a very informed decision. You should never not have things to compare and contrast and think about. And so thinking about the decision, you have to have two sides of the coin so you know which side really feels the best for you as a birth mother. But ultimately keeping the child as your forefront and thinking about what is best for the child is really what the most important piece of advice is.