DePaul University professors Francesca Royster and Ann Russo had a great life together, fulfilling careers and a busy schedule. But something was missing. “We decided that we really wanted to raise and nurture a child,” Fran said, “build a home for them and shepherd them through the world.”
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On behalf of everyone at The Cradle, we offer our sincere condolences to Ardythe Sayers, the Sayers children, and the rest of the Sayers family for the passing of Gale Sayers.
As Vice President of Community Outreach and Education, I am thrilled to be able to bring knowledge and training to people across the country, tackling topics that are relevant and informative for so many. While adoption-focused preparation and topics continue to be a big part of the education offered by The Cradle, we’ve
A few months ago, the Our Children program, Raising Black Children Across Racial Lines brought together transracial adoptees and adoptive parents. Together, they discussed the unique issues brought about when white parents raise children of color. Some recurrent themes stood out ...
Last year, The Cradle hosted a roundtable as part of the Our Children initiative. Called Raising Black Girls, the roundtable addressed the complex issues involved in parenting a Black girl in today's society.
This year’s Sayers Summer Soiree on July 20 was a blast! From the silliness of the heads-or-tails game, to the surprise of extra raffle prizes, the night was full of fun, excitement and laughter. It was also full of excellent food and drink, including delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer, a pizza and burger bar, and decadent desserts.
The Cradle’s Our Children initiative launched in February of 2016 with the “Raising Black Boys” roundtable.
Imagine that a child refuses to hold your little boy's hand because he is Black. Imagine shopping with your 12 and 15 year old sons and having them followed throughout the store and questioned as to why they are there. Imagine a neighbor refusing to play with your daughter because she has brown skin.
Dear Sayers Families,
The "Hope" episode of Blackish that aired this week was so powerful for me, as a person of color and as a mom. I found myself tearing up many times during and afterwards as I considered the impact I feel towards the topic of injustice and racism and my job as a mom to Black children.
The evening of February 18th was one of the highlights of my professional career. It was the kick-off event to our multi-year series Our Children, and we started with a tough topic that needs to be discussed. I couldn't be more excited!
Deciding to grow your family through adoption is not an easy decision. I should know; I made the decision nearly 10 years ago.
Leading up to Mother's Day earlier this month, WCIU's You and Me This Morning interviewed first time moms about their experiences at home with their children. Two Cradle moms, Wendy Willis and Jessica Murnane, were interviewed for the special! Watch below.
Adoption is such a foreign word for many African Americans. Historically, we value blood ties. Kinship adoptions are what we do. Our mother raises our sister's kids. Our aunt raises our cousin's kids. A sister takes in a niece. It’s been that way in the African American community for a very long time.