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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth

Mission: The Cradle's mission is to benefit children and all others touched by adoption — by compassionately delivering exceptional education, guidance and lifelong support to build, sustain and preserve nurturing families.

Target demographics: build and strengthen families

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,000 expectant parents and 400 families

Geographic areas served: Child and family services

Programs: options counseling for pregnant women considering adoption, education and support for those looking to adopt and lifelong support to anyone touched by adoption throughout their lifetime.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Cradle is one of the most passionate and yet focused non-profit that I have been involved with. The board is professional and thinks about ways to expand the reach of their mission--creating families for children. The work they do to help each birth mom (and dad) make the right decisions for their child is inspiring. Knowing each situation is unique, they give women the resources to make the right choice for their child and themselves.

Phyllis9

Board Member

Rating: 5

Excellence, integrity, mission, standards, stewardship of financial resources, outcomes, lifetime commitment - just a few of the reasons I am involved. Over the years, The Cradle has made such a significant impact on the loves of so many. Lucky are those whose lives are touched by The Cradle.......

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been privileged to be a Board Member of this fine organization for the past several years. I've worked with and around non-profits for most of my 30-year career and I'm struck by the professionalism of every member of the staff at The Cradle. Not only are they committed to the people they serve (the babies/children), but they do so using insightful strategies and the highest possible ethics.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Cradle fulfills a vital role in society by creating nuturing families whose children, grounded in love and given opportunity, contribute to the benefit of society itself. The organization is driven by quality and pays attention to the full adoption triad of birth parents, adoptive parents and children. While not a part of the adoption triad, I feel the impact of the Cradle through the families created and the stories they tell of how their children have thrived and how the services of this organization have helped them each step of their way. In my experience with the Cradle, I have been touched by the caring, the talent and the professionalism of management and staff ... they live their mission every day!

Board Member

Rating: 5

No matter who you are, a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, family desiring to adopt a child, or an adoptee looking for support, The Cradle shows you respect and support. For 90 years The Cradle has built and supported families touched by adoption. Through a rich history and a relevant future The Cradle advocates ethical and professional adoption and family services.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a retired board member and former consultant to the Cradle. They were alway first and sometimes only agency to broaden ways to advance child welfare. This includes open adoption, same sex couples, African American Center, never refusing to take responsibility for severly handicapped infants, aiding Illinois in placing older children and operating the only nursery in the country. It was my great good fortune to have been a part of that effort.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thirty-six years ago this week our Cradle son was born. My husband and I have both been involved in various volunteer positions since as our way of saying thank you. The current Cradle management and philosophy and personnel are professional and caring - a real tribute to adoption in all respects. Birth mothers are treated with the respect that they should have, and educational endeavors for adoptive parents are excellent. the Presidents - of The Cradle and of its Foundation - are pretty neat folks as well. It is a wonderful organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be associated with the Cradle because of its commitment to children. The Cradle is focused on finding families for children and each staff member contributes to this mission every day of their lives. The Cradle provides counseling services to pregnant women with no agenda and at no charge to them. The Cradle nursery is able to care for infants, many with severe special needs, for an unlimited amount of time until they are placed into a loving home. I am very proud of all of the great services that the Cradle provides to children, birthparents and adoptive parents and I am committed to helping the Cradle continue to thrive and grow so that it can place another 14,000 babies into loving families over the next 90 years!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Kellogg School of Management, where I currently attend business school, has an experiential learning class on board governance, where students have the opportunity to work with a local non-profit. I was blessed to be placed with The Cradle. I have seen first-hand the impact The Cradle has had in the greater Chicago area and it has made a profound impact on my life.

Julie62

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be associated with The Cradle because this organization has a laser-focus on excellence in serving children, expectant parents and prospective families. Our mission is to find families for children who need them regardless of their race, ethnic background or special needs. Just last week we found a home for a baby with Down Syndrome. Our one-of-a-kind 24/7 newborn nursery provides infants with professional and nurturing care while their needs are assessed and while their mothers consider their options. We are often asked, "What do you do if you can't find a family for a baby?" We are proud to answer, "We have always been able to find a family for each baby." Prospective adoptive parents receive the very best preparation for the experience of parenting through adoption. And, importantly, expectant parents receive help in making a decision that is best for them, whether that decision is to make an adoption plan or to parent their baby. And then we have www.AdoptionLearningPartners.org, an online adoption education community that is bringing help to adoptive families around the world!