2020 Our Children 6-Webinar Series

Our goal is to educate families about the realities their children may experience in societal interactions and give parents the tools they need to successfully communicate about and navigate through these difficult dynamics in positive and productive ways.

As we celebrate The Cradle’s 97th anniversary, we continue to engage families in difficult discussions. In doing so, we are linking arms with parents, resource partners and community groups, as we make new inroads both locally and nationally. 

OUR CHILDREN deserve nothing less!


Be a part of the conversation by joining us in the 2020 Our Children 6-Webinar Series.


Black Child | White Parent (What You Need to Know) 
12/17/2020 | 7PM-8:30PM | $25.00 | Webinar 6 of 6

On December 17, we will host our final webinar of the six-part series. Today more that 40% of adoptions are transracial, involving the adoption of a child of a different race than the parents. This reality brings the need for added education around understanding your child’s experiences. Panelists will share how listening to the news about racial tension in America today affects them as a parent of a Black child.

We will discuss how White parents’ privilege can extend to their child when they are together, but when alone, the privilege is gone for their child. We will talk about what parents are doing to connect to their child’s culture and community and if they have significant relationships with adults within their child’s racial/ethnic groups. Finally, how parents respond to people who say “race is a non-issue”, “we don’t see color in this house” or “race doesn’t matter and all you need is love”.


Raising Black Boys Revisited 2020
Webinar 1 of 6 | Downloadable Resources

From Black Boys to Black Men (And the Fear that Brings)
8/27/2020 | 7PM-8:30PM | $25.00 | Webinar 2 of 6

On August 27, 2020, The Cradle hosted the second of its six-webinar series focused on being Black in America. The focus of the webinar was from the Black boy’s perspective; what it’s like to go from that precious chubby-cheeks child to a young man now seen as a threat.

A panel of Generation Z and Millennial males discuss their transition from a young boy to a young man and the fear that brings to many people. The panelists share experiences from when they first realized that they were viewed differently than their White counterparts. They share their fears and the things that Black boys and young men must be mindful of as they go through life at school or hanging out with friends.

Can You Hear Me Now? Black Adults Speak!
10/1/2020 | 7PM-8:30PM | $25.00 | Webinar 3 of 6

Panelists will discuss the momentum of Black Lives Matter today and what has changed since it began in 2013. We will talk about the increased corporate support to Black organizations and if racial imbalances within their companies are also being addressed.

Panelists will discuss the changing demographics on the front lines of support for the equality of African Americans. Additionally, panelists will share their thoughts on the recent acknowledgment of Juneteenth, the pros and cons of defunding the police, and Black men who are re-considering a career in law enforcement because of what is happening today.

Raising Black Girls 2020
10/29/2020 | 7PM-8:30PM | $25.00 | Webinar 4 of 6

On October 29, 2020, we are bringing together a panel of parents to discuss issues prevalent to Black girls. Many of the challenges faced by Black boys are very similar to those Black girls face but are not often discussed. Following up on the first Raising Black Girls Roundtable and webinar from 2017, we will continue the open and honest dialogue around the realities Black girls face and the added layers in parenting that comes with raising a Black girl today.

Panelists will share the discussions they are having with their daughters, and the major concerns they face while raising her in today’s world.  We will tackle some very serious topics around safety and the emotional toll that the current state of the world has on Black girls. 


The Color of Education 2020
11/19/2020 | 7PM-8:30PM | $25.00 | Webinar 5 of 6

On November 19, 2020, panelists will address some of the important educational issues facing our children, such as inequities in the education system and test biases that exist today. In addition, systemic bias will be addressed, such as why Black boys are more likely than any other group to be placed in Special Education classes.

Panelists will share their perspectives regarding some major challenges facing Black children in schools such as: the lack of culturally competent teachers, the disparities in suspension rates for Black students compared to White students, and how our recent shift to remote learning has failed Black students in urban areas. We will also discuss effective strategies parents can use to set their child up for success in school and what parents can do to ensure that teachers are setting appropriate expectations for their children.


Each individual webinar is $25.00 per registration.

For more information about The Cradle's Our Children Initiative,
please email Nijole Yutkowitz, Vice President of Outreach and Education, The Cradle.


The Cradle has developed an exciting range of sponsorship opportunities for this series. 

Sponsorship Opportunities | Sponsorship Level Information
For more information, please contact Simone Wheeler,V.P. of Development


Thank You to Our Generous Donors

Many thanks to our education and outreach sponsors
for supporting the Our Children webinar series.

Phyllis S. Thomas and Alan S. Curtis










Rothschild Investment Corporation
Goldman Sachs Chicago Private Wealth Management (PWM)

Bentley’s Pet Stuff
First Bank of Highland Park
The Horton Group
Jerry & Kathy Biederman
Perkins Coie LLP
Michelle & Corey Harris

Talita & Neil Erickson