My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Cradle, Evanston, IL, USA
Like countless others, my husband and I were lucky to have adopted our sweet daughter Allegra from the Cradle in 2011. During every phase of our adoption journey we felt supported by the Cradle and confident that everyone in the "adoption triangle" was getting the support, education and resources that were needed. Our daughter spent three weeks at the Cradle nursery while we developed our relationship with her birth mother and while her birth mother received the counseling that was needed for her to feel even more confident in her adoption plan. People always ask me whether it was hard to have Allegra in the nursery while we were going through the process and the answer is, "of course! But I knew she was in the best possible hands!" The nurses still remember her whenever we visit and have even pointed out at Cradle events Allegra's "nursery buddies" who were with her in the nursery at the same time. I could not be more grateful for the love and care she received in the Cradle nursery. Additionally, we felt after all of the classes offered at the Cradle that we were true "Adoption Ambassadors" and I still feel that way to this day. The education we were given through the Cradle was absolutely priceless and it makes me a better mom and a better member of the adoption community to have the resources I need (and still need!) to educate others. I love that our daughter will have not only a "forever family" with us, but she'll also have a "forever family" with the Cradle because of all the continuing gatherings, events and get-togethers. The Cradle truly is a family and a community and we are so happy to be a part of it. We are currently a waiting family with the Cradle and we are excited about growing our family alongside the many other growing families that the Cradle helps create.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The adoption of our daughter and currently as we await placement with another child.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
replicate it so that other people in other states could reap the benefits of this fantastic organization.
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