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The force was strong with The Cradle at this year's Walk for Adoption. Over 150 Cradle friends and family (our biggest Cradle Crew yet!) gathered at Lake Arlington to raise awareness for adoption in the Chicago area, as well as to help raise funds for The Cradle's Center for Lifelong Adoption Support.
National Adoption Month is upon us yet again. Though we celebrate adoption each day, November gives us a reason to focus on the importance of adoption in our lives, and say thank you to those who made it possible: from selfless birth parents to adoption counselors and beyond.
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.
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.
You’ve seen it on T.V and public transit advertisements, heard about it on the radio, and chances are from more than one of your friends. Since DNA testing has been made widely available and (relatively) inexpensive, it’s changed the way Americans think about their genetic history.
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.