“Family is not defined by our genes; it is built and maintained through love”
The Cradle Blog
During this time of ever-changing news and unprecedented health and safety concerns, we’ve all been asked to live our lives differently. We understand the added pressures that families are facing as we shift gears to keep our loved ones and our communities safe. People who are touched by adoption may also be experiencing additional challenges.
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The Silver Cradle Award was created by The Cradle to recognize corporate partners for their commitment to adoption and to their employees. Awarded at The Cradle’s annual gala since 2003, the Silver Cradle recognizes companies that offer adoption-related benefits, programs and resources.
Your child always wants the same thing for lunch: Half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with orange slices and some carrot sticks. As it approaches noon you head to the pantry to pull out the ingredients, but something's amiss. You can't find the jar of peanut butter anywhere. Then you remember: You used the last of it yesterday.
As most parents who have adopted know, the process of adopting a child is long and often challenging. But, we don’t always get to see what it’s like from a different perspective: the birth parents. We spoke to expectant parent counselors at The Cradle to learn what it is like for those who make the selfless, difficult choice to place their children.
Among the boxes of Kleenex, the 10-cent spiral notebooks and multicolored dry-erase markers, among the smell of brand-new denim and the return of the PB&J, is the well-known stress (coupled with relief) that comes with the start of a new school year. For families formed through adoption, this stress is especially complicated.
Join The Cradle, you must! Don't ride (Han) solo! Team up with CLAS for this year's CAFFA-sponsored Walk for Adoption Chicago! Register for our team and spend time with other Cradle families and counselors while supporting adoption.
The Cradle often sits down to speak with birth parents about their adoption journeys. We hear about the hope, the sadness, the fears and all the complex emotions involved with placing a child for adoption. They tell us of difficult choices and difficult moments, but also of the love they have for their children and their children's adoptive parents.
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 ...
The Cradle's Center for Lifelong Adoption Support has unveiled an exciting new therapy space. Filled with all the toys, books and games your child could imagine, as well as a puppet theatre and giant chalkboard, the non-directive play therapy room is officially open for Cradle counseling sessions.
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.
There is no fixed definition for "normal" behavior. It varies by person, time, place and situation. Challenges may crop up for your family that therapists in The Cradle’s Center for Lifelong Adoption Support (CLAS) can help you work through.
The Adoptive Family Weekend is full and we will not be taking anymore registrations. If you would like to be informed about next year's event please email us at AdoptiveFamilyWeekend@gmail.com and request to be put on our mailing list. Thank you!
This year's Wild West themed Walk for Adoption was one for the books! With over 400 participants, ranging from infants to grandparents, the 2017 Walk was the biggest yet. Our Cradle Crew was also the largest we have ever seen with around 130 team members!
If you’re an adult adoptee, 18 years or older, and looking for a way to connect with the adoption community please consider helping out at The Cradle’s Adoptive Family Weekend. The weekend is over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4, up at the YMCA Minikani in Hubertus, Wisconsin (20 mins north of Milwaukee).