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6-Week Psychoeducational Support Group

The Cradle will begin offering 6-week on-line virtual psychoeducational support groups, moderated by The Cradle’s Director of Post Adoption Support, Nina Friedman, LCSW. Having the opportunity to connect with others, and to share with and hear from those who understand your experience, is important. These support groups will allow you to talk about the challenges and joys you may have experienced, while receiving support from a clinically trained therapist.

Our first series is for adult adopted people over the age of 21 and will address the 7 core issues of adoption as identified by Silverstein and Kaplan: loss, rejection, guilt/shame, grief, identity, intimacy and mastery/control. Understanding these core issues, and how they impact your life, can be validating. Participants can expect to talk about their experiences, hear other people’s stories, struggles and joys, give and receive support, and better understand the lasting effects of the adoption experience. 

Our first session is full. Please register for the second session, starting Tuesday, April 27th and meets weekly on Tuesdays through June 1st. The fee for 6 weeks is $60. Registration is required and space is limited. Payment is due before the first session. Please click here to register. 

To learn more about The Cradle and Illinois post adoption support services go to Post Adoption Support. Additionally, The Cradle provides private and personalized counseling to anyone touched by adoption. To learn more go to Center for Life Long Adoption Support.


Nina M. Friedman has an in depth understanding of adoption issues. She has extensive experience working with adoptive and foster children and their families, adult adoptees, and birth parents. Prior to joining The Cradle’s staff in 2004, she worked with adoptive and foster families at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and Community Counseling Centers of Chicago. She also had a private social work therapy practice working with individuals, couples, and families.

Nina has a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in Mental Health and a specialization in Family Therapy. As an undergraduate, she majored in Psychology with a minor in Family Relations and Human Development at The Ohio State University. Nina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois, has her DCFS Child Welfare Employee Licensure and is a Licensed Direct Child Welfare Services Employee. She represents The Cradle on the Illinois Adoption Registry-Confidential Intermediary Advisory Council, the Illinois Post Legal Adoption Services Meeting of Agencies, the Original Birth Certificate Access Oversight Committee, and the Stakeholder Advisory Team for the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation.