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Review for The Cradle, Evanston, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We adopted both of our boys through the Cradle, 16 and 14 years ago. Literally, every Cradle staff member we met through the process was absolutely wonderful. They guided us every step of the way, and we had a lot of questions back then. They were so supportive and knowledgable. When people we'd meet heard we adopted two children, they would feel sorry for us, because they heard adoption could be a negative experience, and emotionally and financially overwhelming. We told everyone who would listen to us how wonderful The Cradle was (and is)! We were SO blessed to have found The Cradle, and to have our two wonderful boys! We participated in an open adoption, which was a relatively new way of doing things back then. This was definitely the right plan for us. We had a good, ongoing relationship with the boys' birthmother until she lost interest a few years ago. The door is always open for us, and having our boys know their background story has been very helpful. We have referred various people to The Cradle over the years. My husband and I have volunteered as speakers for the agency, talking to high school students about adoption as an option, should they or someone they know have an unplanned pregnancy. We also volunteered at the Cradle Ball, which was a lot of fun. I love that they have ongoing education program for Cradle families, too. We feel that the staff really cares about every person connected with the agency, and we can't say enough about what an outstanding job Julie Tye has done as Director. We can't say enough positive things, in general!

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