The Cradle Blog

    May 01,2018
    There is no fixed definition for "normal" behavior. It varies by person, time, place and situation. Challenges may crop up for your family that therapists in The Cradle’s Center for Lifelong Adoption Support (CLAS) can help you work through.
    things birth parents want you to know
    September 24,2015
    1)  If I don’t answer your updates or texts, it may be because I don’t know what to say.
    September 12,2015
    It is very common for adopted children to have biological siblings who are living with their birth parents. However, for some parents (adoptive and birth parents alike), talking to their children about siblings who don't live with them can seem tricky.
    July 24,2015
    For adoptive and birth parents alike, the more people who are around to love and watch a child grow, the better.  That’s why open adoptions can be so beneficial.
    July 24,2015
    After an open adoption placement, both adoptive and birth parents may be eager to develop their relationship, but aren’t sure where to start.  Not all open adoptions are the same—and that’s OK.  Here’s three things you might expect in an open adoption relationship.
    June 30,2015
    After an open adoption placement, both adoptive and birth parents may be eager to develop their relationship, but aren’t sure where to start.  Not all open adoptions are the same—and that’s OK.  Here’s five things you might expect in an open adoption relationship.
    June 23,2015
    For adoptive and birth parents alike, the more people who are around to love and watch a child grow, the better. That’s why open adoptions can be so beneficial.
    April 22,2015
    The documentary Closure is a story that follows the life of an adopted person in her quest to find her birth parents.The essence of the story, as I saw it, was about the need for a
    openness, adoption, open adoption, communication
    October 29,2014
    We often hear from birthparents concerned about a lack of communication with the adoptive family. Often times they are concerned because they are not receiving updates from their child’s family as often as they used to. Occasionally, a significant amount of time has gone by since the last communication.
    October 29,2014
    How do you successfully maintain a relationship if a birthparent is exhibiting unhealthy habits or way of life?
    October 27,2014
    Cradle Adoption Therapist Judy Stigger, LCSW, likes to think of birth families as in-laws for adoptive families and vice-versa. In-law relationships can be complicated; in order for openness to go well, those complications need to be addressed.
    October 27,2014
    Openness takes time to develop. Like an in-law relationship, it requires ongoing fine-tuning and can be complicated. Because the adoptive parents are raising the child, responsibility for encouraging openness falls to them first.