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Terry Hersperger: A 1946 Cradle Baby

Cradle adoptee Terry is an avid supporter of The Cradle, saying that being adopted has given him an extraordinary perspective on parenting his own children.   Terry counts July 12, 1946, as one of the luckiest days of his life. Only two months old at the time, Terry was adopted from The Cradle by Herman and […]

Stuart’s Adoption Story: A 75-Year History With The Cradle

Past Cradle Board member Stuart White remembers how his mother Margie formed a strong, resilient family through adoption and reflects on his own support for the historic Illinois adoption agency. Cradle adoptee and former Cradle Board member, Stuart White, says that when the agency placed him at six weeks of age — over 75 years […]

“Traveling Nana” Betsy Berry: A 1939 Cradle Baby

Now a devoted grandmother, 1939 Cradle Baby Betsy Berry credits her adoption journey with her good life and fortune. Learn why Betsy holds a unique and special connection to The Cradle.  Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Berry is a mother, grandmother, world traveler and a proud Cradle baby, Class of 1939.  “I always knew I was adopted,” […]

Cradle Class of ‘45: Mary Hart Wilheit’s Adoption Story

Meet Mary Hart Keys Wilheit, a distinguished alumna of Cradle’s Adoption Class of ’45. She is grateful for the nurturing support. Read about Mary’s adoption journey and the lasting impact of The Cradle on her life and why she chose to give back. One word stands out in Mary Hart Wilheit’s Nursery record from 1945: […]