The Cradle Blog
As most parents who have adopted know, the process of adopting a child is long and often challenging. But, we don’t always get to see what it’s like from a different perspective: the birth parents. We spoke to expectant parent counselors at The Cradle to learn what it is like for those who make the selfless, difficult choice to place their children.
We are adding a spin to this year's Rock The Cradle Gala. As you may have heard, our annual fundraising bash will be taking place in an exciting new venue: Wintrust's Grand Banking Hall in the historic Central Standard Building.
Autumn is the perfect season for sensory-based activities. From colorful leaves crunching underfoot to shiny red apples and gooey pumpkin guts, it's total wonderland. It also provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the magic of changing seasons and the art and science of nature with your child.
We asked adoptive parents and birth parents: If you could go back in time and give yourself advice before starting the adoption process, what would you say? What do you wish you knew back then?
Among the boxes of Kleenex, the 10-cent spiral notebooks and multicolored dry-erase markers, among the smell of brand-new denim and the return of the PB&J, is the well-known stress (coupled with relief) that comes with the start of a new school year. For families formed through adoption, this stress is especially complicated.
Karin Peterson and Kathyrn Smith are The Cradle’s Community Outreach and Education team, a truly dynamic duo who travel throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area and northern Indiana offering training and support to professionals who work with women and men considering the option of adoption.
Join The Cradle, you must! Don't ride (Han) solo! Team up with CLAS for this year's CAFFA-sponsored Walk for Adoption Chicago! Register for our team and spend time with other Cradle families and counselors while supporting adoption.
The Cradle often sits down to speak with birth parents about their adoption journeys. We hear about the hope, the sadness, the fears and all the complex emotions involved with placing a child for adoption. They tell us of difficult choices and difficult moments, but also of the love they have for their children and their children's adoptive parents.
A few months ago, the Our Children program, Raising Black Children Across Racial Lines brought together transracial adoptees and adoptive parents. Together, they discussed the unique issues brought about when white parents raise children of color. Some recurrent themes stood out ...