The Cradle is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under the IRS code 501(c)(3). We are licensed by the state of Illinois, child welfare license # 005064. We are also licensed in Indiana. Our Indiana license number is 53866. The Cradle is non-sectarian, working with clients from all religious affiliations as well as all races and ethnicities. DCFS Adoptive Parent Training Approval: “In reviewing the materials, I would like to inform you that they are some of the strongest adoptive parent preparation curricula that have been approved by this agency.” Read the entire letter here



The Cradle is fully accredited to provide adoption services for Hague Convention Countries for the U.S. State Department by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA). COA accreditation is both a significant achievement and a powerful promise. It means that we have met rigorous internationally recognized standards of excellence in the quality of services and organizational operations. This accreditation reflects the quality of our practice and continued commitment to children and families both here and abroad. Visit COA's website.


Public Comment Opportunity

The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting entity designated by the US Department of State to provide Hague Accreditation and Approval, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague Accreditation, Approval or Renewal. You are invited to provide comments through COA’s website at:


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