Resources for families & Birth Fathers

We often hear from parents, friends or teachers of someone who is pregnant. They would like to be a source of support to an expectant parent, but aren't sure themselves what kind of advice or information to share about the option of adoption.

Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most often. If your adoption question isn't listed here, please feel free to connect with us directly. We're happy to help. Call anytime to 800-272-3534 or email us:

We are happy to answer any question a friend or relative may have about our services, adoption and the adoption process. When it comes to making an appointment to meet with a counselor, we really encourage expectant parents to be a part of that conversation. Our counselors will discuss all options and we find that if expectant parents are part of setting up that discussion, they are more receptive to the information provided and open to the conversation.

Expectant parents, regardless of age, are able to make a parenting or adoption plan decision. However, our counselors will encourage her to engage her family and friends in the discussion and seek support.

Birth fathers do have legal rights and The Cradle honors the legal rights of all involved in adoption planning. Learn more about how The Cradle ensures that all parties are informed.

No, we have counselors available to meet where you are comfortable. While our doors are always open to you, we can also meet you at your favorite coffee shop, a library, or a restaurant. We also have several satellite offices in Illinois and Indiana if you would like a private setting but cannot get to Evanston.

The Cradle’s services are free of charge to expectant parents. We offer counseling throughout the decision making process and after placement. Your counselor can also help you find resources for health care and associated needs.

Cradle counselors will explore all options available to expectant parents. There is never any obligation or pressure to choose adoption. If she does choose adoption, a counselor will explain the different types of adoption and help outline a plan that works for her. Her counselor will also discuss what happens after the baby is born. Learn more about How Adoption Works.

When you find out you are pregnant, it's easy to feel overwhelmed with so many things to consider. The Cradle created an Adoption Quiz to help expectant parents think about pregnancy and the planning that goes into providing a baby a good home.