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Living Into Our Lifelong Commitment

The Cradle 2023 Annual Report

Explore the 2023 Annual Report

Walking Alongside You

The Cradle walks with those navigating how to best support themselves, their children and their families.

Building Families

Building families through adoption can be beautiful, complex and hard. Adoption is not a moment; it is lifelong.

Supporting Lifelong Journeys

The Cradle is here to serve anyone touched by adoption — whether through The Cradle or not. 

Cradle Centennial

2023 was a milestone year, with The Cradle celebrating 100 years of building families through adoption.

Community Support

Our dedicated community of supporters demonstrated remarkable generosity throughout our Centennial year. 

Financial Information

Amidst this pivotal moment in our history, we strategically invested in expanding services to the community.

Downloadable annual report coming soon.

A Letter from Our CEO

This annual report arrives at a unique time. 2024 is a true turning point for The Cradle. We are building a bright path forward: addressing how the evolving landscape of adoption, the dynamic needs of our families, and the opportunity to channel our strengths to better serve the broader community will be reflected in our second century of service.

As The Cradle prepares for the next 100 years, the day-to-day work of our dedicated team of professionals never stops. The education, care, and counseling we provide are propelled by The Cradle’s vision: a world where every child thrives in a safe and loving family.

This vital work is anchored by a lifelong commitment. We know that adoption is complex and so much more than a moment in time. We recognize that people whose lives are shaped by adoption may have different feelings and needs at different times in their lives. Whenever you need us, The Cradle is here to walk alongside you and support you on your adoption journey.

The profiles in these pages provide brief glimpses into David’s, Anna’s and Abby and Layla’s adoption journeys. The families themselves are the main characters in their stories, of course, with The Cradle playing an important but supporting role. We celebrate these families and the thousands of others we have had the privilege to serve. We thank our generous community of supporters for making our work possible and for helping to fuel our ambitions for the future.

With gratitude,


Jason Friedman
President & CEO

Walking Alongside

Life is not a straight line. Decision-making around parenting and adoption is complex and filled with emotion. The Cradle is here to walk with those trying to decide what’s best for themselves and their child, and with anyone in the adoption circle navigating life post adoption.

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Expectant parents supported through a time of crisis by The Cradle Helpline

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Clients who received options counseling to help them explore parenting or adoption

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From public support to cover counseling and other services for expectant parents

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Admissions to The Cradle Nursery

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Days babies spent on average in the Nursery

Faces of The Cradle

Building Families

Building families through adoption can be beautiful, complex and hard. Adoption is not a moment. It is lifelong, shaping everyone touched by it. The Cradle is committed to all of our families throughout this lifelong journey.

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Families began their adoption journeys at an information session

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Black or multi-racial children placed with Black or multi-racial adoptive families

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Placements with LGBTQ+-identifying families

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Domestic placements

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Agency-assisted placements

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Intercountry placements

Faces of The Cradle

Supporting Lifelong Journeys

The Cradle is here to serve anyone touched by adoption. Our therapists offer adoption expertise and can work with all members of birth or adoptive families at any stage of life. Our dedicated post adoption department offers guidance and support to anyone touched by adoption, whether the adoption was facilitated by The Cradle or not.

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Therapy sessions

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Inquiries for post-adoption services

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Post-adoption services completed

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New Adoption Learning Partners clients

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Adoption Learning Partners webinar and course enrollments

Centennial Celebration

2023 was a milestone year, with The Cradle celebrating 100 years of building families through adoption. Since opening our doors in 1923, we have facilitated more than 16,000 domestic and international adoptions, and have been at the forefront of open adoption, African American infant adoption and placements with LGBTQ+-identifying families.

 

Community Support

Our dedicated community of supporters demonstrated remarkable generosity throughout our Centennial year, contributing more than $4 million to advance our programs and commemorate this significant milestone. What’s truly inspiring is that 95% of this revenue was unrestricted, offering us the flexibility to channel resources where they’re most needed and empowering us to innovate and respond swiftly to evolving challenges. With the trust of 1,481 dedicated supporters, we’ve transformed their generosity into life-altering impact. An impressive 61% of individual donations amount to $100 or less, highlighting the profound significance of each contribution. 

Our robust 59% donor retention rate stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication of our long-standing supporters. These contributions aren’t merely financial; they symbolize a shared commitment to change, fueling our programs, provide opportunities, and create lasting transformations in our communities. Guided by our esteemed Investment Committee, revenue derived from investments and dividends has played a pivotal role in fortifying our financial resilience.

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Supporters who trusted us transform their generosity to life-altering impact

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Raised for infant care, adoptive and expectant parent services, and operations

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New donors who joined The Cradle community

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Raised to support families during the holiday season

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Of annual revenue was unrestricted, offering flexibility for wherever it’s needed most

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Commemorative bricks installed to honor a loved one to date 

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We strive to be complete and accurate in recognizing the generosity of our Cradle community. We regret any omissions or errors. Please contact our development team at cradlefoundation@cradle.org with any corrections.

Faces of The Cradle

Financial Information

Amidst this pivotal moment in The Cradle’s history, we strategically directed investments towards expanding services and growing our programs. These investments included growing our team to bolster our therapy practice, appointing a new Nursery Director, and filling pivotal leadership roles essential for charting strategic growth over the next century. Additionally, substantial resources were allocated to broadening access for expectant and birth parents, adoptees and adoptive families.

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