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About The Cradle Nursery

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.

The Cradle is the only adoption agency in the country with an on-site nursery: a safe, neutral place for infants to stay while their parents take the time they need to decide if adoption will be the plan for their child. This temporary, nurturing environment is made available at no cost, regardless of the parent’s decision.

Staffed with experienced licensed nurses and infant aides, and with the support of dedicated volunteers, the Nursery provides quality care to all infants entrusted to the care of The Cradle. This nursery is licensed to care for up to 20 infants at a time.

Every baby that comes into our care is seen by a physician and our Medical Director is available whenever needed; a nurse and infant aide are on-site at all times. Staff spend time getting to know each baby, providing stability as well as noting individual babies’ sleeping patterns, eating habits, likes and dislikes. They then pass this essential information to the families bringing the babies home.

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Services for Birth Mothers

Illinois Adoption Law dictates that a mother may legally consent to a voluntary plan of adoption no earlier than 72 hours after the birth of her baby. The decision to relinquish parental rights of a child is final and irrevocable once legal documents are signed, and The Cradle knows this decision takes thought, time, and a great deal of love and consideration.

The Cradle Nursery is a safe place for the baby to stay until you are legally able to sign legal documents, or if you need more time to think through your decision. For support, call our Helpline at 800-CRADLE4 (800-272-3534) or email helpline@cradle.org.

Do you live in Indiana? Chat with your case worker to find temporary care options in your area.

The Nursery relies on private donations to operate. We are so grateful that gifts from Cradle supporters cover one of every four days of nursery operations.

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 use the form.

If you are looking to adopt a child, please schedule a call with an Adoptive Parent Counselor.

If you are an adopted person looking for information, please schedule an informational consultation with our post adoption department.

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


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