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The Cradle

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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

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cradle is an adoption agency in Evanston, IL. It places babies, given up for adoption, housing them in their nursery and caring for them until a family is approved. They have "cuddlers" to help the nurses by holding and feeding the babies. I am one and adore the "job". It is a non-profit organization which only asks prospective parents to pay what they can afford and the balance comes from contributions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a cuddler in the nursery at the Cradle. I do it selfishly, because I love babies, but more than that, these babies need all the love and attention they can get before they have a family to go to. The nurses and nurse's aides are all great,, but most of the time there are too many babies that need to be cuddled. That's where I and the rest of the volunteers come in.

1 Julie67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and my family and I have made donations to The Cradle. The best experience of all for me is that I have the privledge of being on the nursery staff. I look forward to each and everyday I am there. I love to attend the Christmas and Spring open house every year. Its hard to put into words the feeling you get when you see one of the infants that we cared for in the nursery. They are walking, talking going to school. They are angels from heaven. The wonderful staff in every dept. at The Cradle makes it the very special place that it is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Cuddler at the Cradle for 12 years. We hold ,feed, and love those babies , just until their mom and dad comes for them. The peace and joy those babies give you cannot fully explained. We are there for them, but they are there for us as well. The joy you see on the parents faces as they meet their new baby, is nothing like you have ever seen.The CRADLE is a truly beautiful place, in every sense of the word. The care they receive from the nurses, the love and respect given has no match. The provide a home for these babies, until they" go home."Everyone that works at the Cradle , in every aspect, is well trained , kind and respectful. That what makes the Cradle work so well, and you will not find place that compares to the cradle. I can't wait for the days I go to Cuddle..it is truly a special place to a part of. Diane

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started cuddling about 6 years ago. The Cradle Nursery staff is so respectful with the babies (and with each other and the volunteers). I was so impressed with everyone from Victoria, the nurses, the infant aides and the other cuddlers. Then we had a chance to get to know what else goes on in the building with cuddler meetings. They let us know how the Cradle functions on all the other levels. As an educator, my antenna is always up. I am so proud to be a part of this organization. It truly feels like family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started "cuddling" when my youngest twins started 1st grade and a neighbor had told me she heard this was the best volunteer job out there! And she sure was right! I sometimes run to get there on time after a hectic morning with teenagers, dogs, and general errands and then settle in with a baby and leave a calm, relaxed and fulfilled volunteer. I think it is the best kept secret that we have this tremendous resource right here in Evanston and I'm so proud whenever I see the Cradle in the press or hear someone talk about it and I say "I'm a part of that great organization!"

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cradle is an amazing place filled with care and love! Everyone is warm, intelligent and organized. The Cradle has been placing children first since 1923 by making sure every little detail is taken care of. I consider it an honor to volunteer there. The Cradle rocks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Cradle, as a "Cuddler" since the last of my four children started 1st grade... He is now 24. The Cradle is the most special place I know; special because it is welcoming and kind, encouraging and helpful without a trace of judgement. It promotes a culture of true respect and dignity for the people involved in an adoption. Every single person, on both sides of the adoption. Most importantly, it never forgets its mission: to do what is best for the baby.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a 'cuddler' for over 5 years now and the Cradle, along with it's employee's and volunteers, are a dedicated people who really care about the children. It gives one perspective on what is really important in life. I am blessed to be part of this tremendous organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am lucky enough to be a "cuddler" at the Cradle. I get to come in and cuddle the babies! That means feeding, burping and well...cuddling. I get to see first hand how well the babies are treated and how much care and love is provided for these babies. It is always a pleasure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

the loving care babies receive in the nursery and the counseling the birth mothers receive go beyond the standard of care. Every one is treated with love and respect.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cradle is a wonderful supportive organization who has adapted and assisted adoptive families every step of the way. Two of my three children are adopted from the Cradle. We have gove to the Cradle for outreach programs, birthmother assisstance programs and various other functions. The Cradle always is professional and caring

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The adoption of my daughter has certainly been one of the most fulfilling events of my life. The Cradle's mantra that "the interests of the child must come first" has made me proud to be associated with this child welfare service and adoption agency. As an organization I am often awed by the depth of talent and care that the staff exhibits and the array of skills and knowledge that the volunteer board brings to the table. Being involved with the Cradle has been a series of amazing experiences. --Larry Macy

Joel8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My true role is volunteer/client served/donor/committee member. I am one of the approximately 15,000 adoptees whose lives would not be all that they have become were it not for The Cradle. The professional caring quality of this organization clearly sets the standard for adoption agencies nationally. The Cradle represents a significant interest for my entire family.