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The Cradle

Adoption services and education for adults ages 18 and

Services Offered

Domestic Adoption • Adoption • Adoption Counseling • Special Needs Youth


The Cradle places children into permanent, loving homes, providing lifelong support for all who are touched by adoption -- birth parents, adopted persons, and adoptive parents.

The Cradle has an on-site nursery. It's a safe, neutral place for infants to stay while their parents take the time they need to decide if adoption will be the plan for this child. The nursery also enables The Cradle to place infants whose special medical needs may mean that it takes a bit longer to find them a home that is prepared to help them thrive. They strive to find a loving home for every child entrusted to their care. In recent years, The Cradle has expanded to include Adoption Learning Partners (ALP), online training for prospective adoptive parents and adoption professionals.


2049 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 42.0554511 -87.6866584

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English


-There are no fees for expectant parents considering placing a child for adoption.
-Adoptive parent fees vary based on the adoption type. For information on fees and a specific adoption type, please visit the Adoptive Parent Fees Page. Financial assistance may be available: please see web page for details.


  • Adults accepted

How to Apply

If you are a birth parent interested in placing a child for adoption, call the 24 hour hotline at 800-272-3534 to speak to a Cradle counselor and schedule an appointment. If you are interested in adopting a child, click here to register for an informational meeting. For more information, call 847-733-3209 or submit questions via the online form.

Other Locations

Hyde Park Office
Program Phone: 800-272-3534 (birth parents), 847-733-3209 (adoptive parents)
1525 E. 53rd St.
Chicago, IL 60615
Main Office
Program Phone: 800-272-3534 (birth parents), 847-733-3209 (adoptive parents)
2049 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201