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Review for The Cradle, Evanston, IL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Cradle started as a way to build our family through adoption, but in the end they BECAME part our family through their actions, support, and unwavering kindness as we journeyed through adoption. The Cradle helped educate us on the concept and truths around open adoption—a situation that we were slightly resistant to initially. And as it has come to pass, it was simply because we were not educated on it; we had our own ideas and assumptions, but they were unfounded and driven from “fear”. The Cradle never judged us for our fears, questions or concerns, but rather their supportive staff LISTENED and provided information to help us make decisions on where we stood throughout the process ourselves. We also had a very tough situation in the middle of our journey in which we had to decide to walk away from a match and again, there were no judgments, they kept the baby first throughout the entire process and this helped us in our final decision to ensure the child went into a home better equipped to love, nurture and care for them. I’ll wrap up my comments with this: The Cradle is child-centered; the children come first. And with this one fundamental guiding principle they make all of their decisions, recommendations, and resource allocations. EVERYONE, executive leadership, social workers, nursery staff, etc. embodies this vision. THIS places them above all other organizations that help children and families in my book. If it’s in the best interest to keep a child with their birth family they support them to do just that. And if an adoption plan is best for the child they work hand in hand with the birth family and adoptive families to ensure a positive and healthy transition. The child is FIRST. I started out as an adoptive mother with The Cradle, but due to their example, I was compelled to volunteer for the organization. Through my time, effort, and dollars I know I can’t ever match what they have really done for me and meant to me and my family; but I will certainly try and help them continue on with their mission and vision because it is changing the lives of amazing little children, and that’s worth fighting for!

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