Cradle Homestudy Classes

Prospective Parent live classes

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Parenting Through Adoption: 101

Speakers: Cradle Staff and Panel of Adoption Circle Members

This required workshop is designed to help prepare you to become an adoptive parent. Among the topics you will explore are:

  • Differences and similarities in families built through adoption vs birth.
  • The spirit of openness as a lifelong commitment.
  • Understanding and hearing birth parent experiences.

4 hours DCFS Training/Hague Aligned
Domestic and International Focus

Pre-requisite: Meeting with Cradle Counselor and Counselor Approval

Class Time: All classes are 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Cradle tour will begin at 8:15 a.m.

Class Location: Cradle Evanston Office, 2049 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
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The Adoption Legal Process

Speakers: Attorney Genie Miller Gillespie has been practicing law since 1993, primarily in the area of adoption and guardianship. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and has helped hundreds of couples and individuals realize their dreams of parenthood.

This required workshop is designed to help prepare you to become an adoptive parent. Among the topics you will explore are:

  • Understand the legal steps required for a successful adoption
  • Understand the legal risks sometimes associated with adoption 

1.5 hours DCFS Training
Domestic Focus

Pre-requisite: Meeting with Cradle Counselor and Completion of Parenting Through Adoption:101

Class Time: All classes are 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Class Location: Cradle Evanston Office, 2049 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
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Parenting Through Adoption: Identity

Speakers: Cradle Staff and Panel of Adoption Circle Members

This required workshop is designed to help prepare you to become an adoptive parent. Among the topics you will explore are:

  • To understand that all adoptions are multi-cultural
  • To be knowledgeable of the different aspects that make up our individual and family identities
  • To gain tools to be able to confidently nurture your child’s identity

3 hours DCFS Training/Hague Aligned
Domestic and International Focus

Pre-requisite: Meeting with Cradle Counselor and Completion of Parenting Through Adoption:101

Class Time: All classes are 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Class Location: Cradle Evanston Office, 2049 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
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A light dinner will be served