The Cradle

The Cradle's mission: "With our deep history in adoption as our foundation, we will advance the well-being of children by compassionately delivering exceptional education, guidance and lifelong support to build, preserve and strengthen their families." Renowned as one of the foremost adoption and child welfare agencies in the country, The Cradle has helped place more than 15,000 children into lasting, loving homes since 1923. We provide lifelong support for anyone with an adoption connection - birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted persons. The Cradle is the only U.S. adoption agency with an onsite, 24-hour infant nursery. It provides a safe, temporary, neutral place for babies to stay while their birth parents continue their counseling. The Cradle Nursery is also a haven for infants who have special medical needs and may require a bit more time until a capable, loving family is identified for them.

Charity Navigator Ratings

Overall Rating

(3/4)|84.92 Score


(2/4)|78.68 Score

Accountability & Transparency

(4/4)|100 Score



Headquarter Address

2049 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201