US Domestic Adoption Process
The Cradle primarily works with prospective adoptive parents who are at least 25 years old, in good health, and are Illinois residents who reside in the greater Chicago area.
We welcome prospective adoptive parents of all religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds. We work with married couples as well as single men and women.
At this time, The Cradle is not accepting applications for the Domestic Program. We are accepting applications for Agency Assisted, International, Sayers Center and Special Needs Programs.
Attend a General Adoption Information Meeting at any of our locations throughout the Chicago, Illinois area. These meetings provide an overview of The Cradle's adoption programs, introduction to open adoption (for domestic adoption), and include an opportunity for questions.
Complete and return preliminary paperwork with registration fee.
Meet with your personal adoption counselor who will discuss your interest in adoption.
The home study consists of a series of couple and/or individual interviews with your counselor, selecting the adoption program that is right for you, home visits, paperwork, and a series of educational classes that will prepare you for welcoming a child into your home. Your counselor will work closely with you throughout your preparation process. A home study is the legal document which outlines the backgrounds, lifestyles, home setting and medical history of an adoptive family. A home study also includes a background check and fingerprinting.
A home study consists of the following components:
- criminal background check
- state child abuse and neglect clearance
- medical history
- a series of interviews with an adoption counselor
- home visit
Create your Profile to introduce your family to potential birthparents. Your Profile will contain information and photos of yourselves, family and friends. This is your first introduction to potential birthparents and will help them to understand a little about what it would be like for their child to live with your family. Your Profile (see some examples) will be shown to birthparents who are considering adoption.
Expectant parents who are considering placing a child and prospective adoptive parents meet to determine if they want to work together toward an open adoption.