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The Cradle

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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

The Cradle helped us form our family 40 and 37 years ago, and we served on the Board for many years. We are very proud of The Cradle for continuing to practice the highest ethical standards in very difficult times for agencies whose sole priority is the best interests of the child. The Cradle is unquestionably the best adoption agency in the United States.


Rating: 5

We adopted two precious babies from The Cradle who are now 39 and 42! The Cradle gave us the gift that keeps on giving. We are constanly impressed with The Cradle's caring and ethical way of completing the adoptive circle; utmost care and respect is given to the birth parents, the adoptive parents and most of all,. the children. Our lives have been complete due to the children that came into our hearts and home. Thank you to The Cradle and the birth parents who entrusted us with our son and daughter.

Meg C.


Rating: 5

I'm actually involved with the Cradle in a number of ways; certainly as an adoptive Cradle mom w/ 2 Cradle babies (adults now) and as a donor. I am so thrilled to donate to the annual Cradle Ball every single year because of how much I believe in this agency and their long time proven history. During our adoption processes, payment to them was never even mentioned; which was so drastically different than any other agency I interviewed. Instead, we focused on parenting, finding the right match for child, birth family and adoptive family and overall health and readiness of everyone involved. My children have a very special heritage they are connected to. I love supporting this agency for future families.