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The Rogers Family Adoption Story: Forming a Family Through The Cradle

Learn how Mary and Tom Rogers formed their family through adoption and how their Cradle caseworker helped them adopt both their son and daughter from the agency over 50 years ago.   Mary and Tom Rogers always knew they wanted children. After five years of marriage, they turned to adoption as a way to build their […]

The Rust Family’s Cradle Story

Mary Jo and Dale completed their family  through adoption and have been part of the Sayers Center for African American Adoption since the 80s.  In addition to their three children, Mary Jo and Dale Rust looked to provide a caring home for children beyond their biological family. In 1985, the Rusts came to The Cradle […]

Our International Adoption Story: Penelope Savalas Boardman

Penelope and her adopted son, Dmitry, knew from the start that they were meant to be. Read about their journey across the globe to become a family. “When Dmitry was three years old, as I was tucking him into bed one evening, he said, ‘Mama, when I was a baby, I needed you and you […]

A Multi-Generational Family of Cradle Adoptees: The Crannell Family’s Story

When Chuck Crannell adopted his son Casey from The Cradle, he learned that his own history as a Cradle adoptee factored into Casey’s birth parents’ decision.  When Patricia and Kenneth C. Crannell Sr. started exploring adoption in their home state of Massachusetts nearly six decades ago, it didn’t go so well at first.  “My dad […]

Warren’s Open Adoption Story: A Father and Son Both Adopted From The Cradle

Learn how a Cradle adoptee and his wife chose to build their family through adoption, and how connecting with their son’s birth parents changed his feelings about the open adoption process.  “I’ve always wanted to adopt a child, since day one,” says Warren Fellingham III. “I think it’s one of the best things you can […]

The Williams Family Story: Adopting Aljur

Monica and Jeff didn’t typically follow the traditional order of life, except when it came to children. As soon as they got married, they immediately knew they wanted to have kids. It was a hot day in the Philippines, just like most days, but Monica Williams’s hands were cold and clammy. After a year and […]