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A positive pregnancy test can be overwhelming when the pregnancy was unplanned. While you may feel alone during this difficult time, we are here to help you explore your options. The Cradle is a 100-year-old licensed adoption agency (north of Chicago) serving all of Illinois and Indiana, offering free, non-judgmental, and confidential support to women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy or adjusting to life with a newborn. Our experienced and compassionate counselors provide information and support to empower women like you to decide what is best for themselves, their children, and their families. Our compassionate counselors help expectant parents explore all of their options, recognizing that everyone’s situation is different.
It doesn’t matter how far along you are—it’s never too early or too late to reach out to us. When you’re ready, we can set up a time for you to meet with one of our counselors, at a place convenient to you.
A Cradle Counselor can 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. We can help you consider parenting your child and explore resources or make referrals to resources that can assist in your parenting. Your counselor can also give you more information about adoption, to help you think about how an adoption plan would work and how it might feel for you. Contact us to set up an appointment with one of our counselors.
We can help you consider parenting your child and explore resources or make referrals to resources that can assist in your parenting. To start, we’ve curated some expectant parent resources to get your started.
As you think about parenting your child, we can help you make plans for changes to:
If you are pregnant and considering adoption, we can discuss this with you. Licensed adoption agencies like The Cradle can ensure the plan for your baby is handled responsibly, as our practices are closely monitored. Adoption is a loving option but also an option that can bring feelings of sadness and loss. If you choose adoption, we aim to provide you with counseling and support to help you through the decision—and after. At The Cradle, we do not believe anyone is “giving up” a baby for adoption in the sense that they are giving up on their child; rather, parents who choose adoption do so because they believe it is the best path forward for their child.
You will also explore options for choosing a family for your baby if you choose adoption, as well as explain the opportunities for future contact with your child and their adoptive parents. The Cradle educates on open adoption, in which the birth and adoptive families share identifying information and may have direct ongoing contact.
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. If you live in Indiana your case worker will discuss temporary care options with you.
Learn more about adoption at The Cradle
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To speak to someone now, call our 24-hour hotline: (800) 272-3534 or text us at (312) 800-1559 (answered 8:30am-8pm).
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