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Pregnant in Illinois

Unplanned Pregnancy?

Call our 24-hour toll-free number to speak to a Cradle counselor:

800-CRADLE4 (800-272-3534)

Text CRADLE to 66746

Or, fill out our online form  and we’ll email you back.

Your information will be kept confidential.

Pregnant considering adoption? We are here to help you explore your options. It’s never too early or too late to reach out to us. Our compassionate counselors will be there to answer your questions and help you explore all your options, including adoption. 

The Cradle is licensed by the State of Illinois, and our child welfare license number is 005064.

We serve all of Illinois, including such cities and towns as Chicago, Joliet, Aurora, Springfield, Champaign and others. Our headquarters is in Evanston, Illinois. We also have a location in Hyde Park for appointments, or your Cradle Counselor can meet you at a place that’s convenient to you such as a coffee shop, a library, or a restaurant.

Adoption in Illinois

Cradle Counselors are available to talk with you and help you explore all your options related to the pregnancy. Your counselor will not pressure you into choosing adoption. Instead, your Cradle Counselor’s goal is simple: to make sure you understand all your options, rights and responsibilities. Whether you choose adoption or another plan, your counselor will support you in your decision. 

Learn more about Options Counseling. Contact The Cradle for next steps at 800-CRADLE4 (800-272-3534) or email helpline@cradle.org

Choosing an Adoptive Family

The Cradle has many prospective adoptive families who have been carefully screened. All prospective adoptive parents working with The Cradle live in the Chicagoland area in Illinois. Learn about our families.

Looking for Temporary Care for Your Baby?

The Cradle is the only adoption agency in the United States with an on-site nursery. If you need temporary care for your baby while thinking over your decision, The Cradle Nursery is available to you, if you live in Illinois. The Nursery is staffed with experienced and licensed nurses, infant aides, and dedicated volunteers and is available at no cost. Learn more about the Nursery.

Contact the Cradle

We’re available 24/7. All of your information is confidential

To speak to someone now, call our 24-hour hotline: (800) 272-3534 or text us at (312) 800-1559 (answered 8:30am-8pm).

If you’d like us to contact you, please fill out the form.

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The Cradle’s support for all those touched by adoption is made possible by our community.

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