Community Outreach & Education

The Cradle is committed to advancing the field of adoption through education. We offer a wide range of materials and in-service opportunities to Illinois-based health care and social work providers as well as courses and workshops for adoption professionals nationwide.

The Cradle's Community Outreach Team is pleased to offer adoption-related educational offerings customized to your organization's specific needs and timeframes.

Offerings can be simple in-services, round table discussions, seminars or Grand Rounds-like presentations. Participants may include any department

  • Social Work or Case Management staff
  • Risk Management
  • Nursing
  • Attending or resident physicians
  • Emergency Room personnel

Our offerings are free of charge, arranged at your staff's convenience and both interactive and participative. We can also work with you and through your organization to provide CMEs or CEUs. We can even assist you to ‘Train the Trainer'. Needs assessments can be developed on your behalf.

Our downloadable Professionals' Guide to Adoption and Illinois Adoption Law is great supplement to our in-services presentations.

Request brochures here.

In-Services & Adoption Training for Health Care & Social Work Professionals

The Cradle provides educational in-service presentations by request of any health care or social service organization. We give presentations to hospitals, health clinics, crisis pregnancy centers, county health departments, social service agencies, and many other organizations. We can issue CEU's for social workers and CE's for nurses, too.

You can request an educational in-service about any of the topic suggestions below: 

The topic of adoption is often surrounded by questions and misunderstandings. Who makes decisions for a baby in the hospital? How long does a mother have to change her mind about placing a child? What’s the difference between safe haven and adoption? Why would someone choose open adoption? Learn the facts and become a better advocate for your patients.

Learn about who birth parents are, how they feel about their pregnancies, why they consider the option of adoption, what they are looking for from professionals and how best to support them before, during and after their hospital experience. Recommendations for practice within the hospital setting will be reviewed; case examples and videos of birth moms reflecting on their experiences will be utilized.

This course covers social workers' ethical considerations in infant adoption, focusing specifically on the treatment of women considering an adoption plan for their baby. Key principles of social work and child welfare are explored and then applied to real life scenarios. 

When a mother presents at your hospital with the intention of relinquishing her newborn, how should you respond? Learn how the Illinois Safe Haven Act works, what you must have in place and how to best support mothers intending to make safe and permanent plans for their babies.

A comprehensive presentation outlining birth parent (both mother and father) rights and Adoption Law in Illinois. Also discusses how working with a reputable agency can protect the adoptive parents, birth parents, and children.  

An in-service designed to identify the emotional process birth mothers experience when considering an adoption plan. Discussions include what to expect, language to use, and how to be an advocate for your patient.  

A presentation specifically designed for physicians’ grand rounds. Focus on understanding the dynamics of unplanned pregnancy decisions, adoption resources today, and the physician’s role in the process.

Explore typical scenarios surrounding a patient who is considering adoption. This presentation will discuss the role of the nurse, including key interventions within the documented plan of care: social work referral, communication, legal rights, emotional components and support strategies for new moms considering adoption.

Navigating the professional relationship with a woman considering adoption can be intimidating. What about when there are obvious or not so obvious differences in your backgrounds? Learn how to best support and advocate for expectant parents considering the option of adoption while ensuring a respectful, thoughtful, and positive interaction.