Our Children Initiative
Educating parents about the myths and realities of modern adoption has always been a central component of The Cradle’s mission. Our offerings include courses and webinars on topics such as “Conspicuous Families” and “Identity in Adoption.” Still, we feel the need to do more.
We are expanding our focus to address the complex issues around growing up Black in America. The new initiative is entitled Our Children: An Education and Empowerment Series.
Our Children is a multi-year series of programs and events aimed at educating families about the realities and injustices their Black children may experience in societal interactions, and providing support to those families. Several peer organizations across the country have committed to joining The Cradle in this initiative by offering events of their own and promoting ours.
“Our goal is to give parents the tools they need to communicate with and prepare their children for a society that is far from color blind,” says Nijole Yutkowitz, Vice President of Inclusion and Community Development at The Cradle and a Cradle adoptive parent. “We want to help families successfully navigate these difficult dynamics in positive and productive ways.”
The Cradle and a Cradle family were featured on CBS Chicago evening news, talking about transracial parenting and the Our Children Initiative. October 5, 2016