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Professional Referrals

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’s services are free of charge to expectant parents. We offer counseling throughout the decision-making process as well as post adoption support. Cradle counselors can also help locate resources for health care and associated needs.

If you have questions about adoption at The Cradle, please call our Helpline at 800-272-3534 and The Cradle would be glad to answer any general questions or consult about a specific situation.

Learn more about how adoption works at The Cradle.

Social Workers/Counselors/Nurses

Nurses, counselors and hospital social workers are valued partners in providing information about health care. When an expectant parent requests a referral for adoption, The Cradle is a trusted source for helping the expectant parent explore their options and finding the child a loving home.

If the baby is already born, we can have a counselor visit with the mother at the hospital before discharge. Illinois parents can utilize The Cradle’s nursery for temporary care while they are exploring their options. Moms living in Indiana also have temporary care options that their case worker will explore with them

Looking for Educational Resources for Adoption?

The Cradle offers in-service trainings on adoption topics, and CEUs for social workers and CEs for nurses are available.

Request an Adoption In-Service Training

Download an Adoption Handbook

Discover Adoption Learning Partners, e-learning courses created by leading adoption professionals designed to engage and inform families.

We can also send you brochures to keep on hand for patients who express interest in adoption.

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.