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Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: CRADLE SOCIETY

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AKA  The Cradle
Evanston, IL
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Cradle Society Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 12/30/2013: Cradle Society

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/11/2014: CRADLE SOCIETY

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Also Known As: The Cradle
Physical Address: Evanston, IL 60201 
EIN: 36-2181994
Web URL: www.cradle.org 
Blog URL: www.facebook.com/TheCradleAdoptionServices 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P31 Adoption
Ruling Year: 1938 


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Mission Statement

Founded in Evanston, Illinois in 1923, The Cradle is an accredited, not-for-profit, nonsectarian adoption and child welfare agency, licensed to complete adoptions throughout the state of Illinois. The Cradle’s mission is to benefit children and all others touched by adoption—by compassionately delivering exceptional education, guidance and lifelong support to build, sustain and preserve nurturing families. The Cradle provides ethical, high quality programs and services for expectant parents, adoptive parents and adopted persons, as well as skilled, 24-hour onsite nursery care for infants whose birth parents are considering an adoption plan. More than 15,000 children have become cherished members of Cradle families in the organization’s 90-year history. The Cradle Foundation, a distinct yet interdependent 501(c)(3) organization, was created in 2003 to raise and manage funds in support of The Cradle's exemplary programs and services.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, October 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: October 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2013

Total Revenue $5,611,996
Total Expenses $5,924,228

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Ms. Julie S Tye

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Julie Tye has been president of The Cradle since December, 1992. During her tenure she has helped to revitalize and transform the organization by increasing the number of children served, expanding programs and building the endowment. Between 1978 and 1992, Julie worked at Lutheran General Health Care System (now Advocate Health System), in a variety of areas including business development for the addiction treatment division, group practice management and hospital administration. Julie received her Bachelor of Science from Pace University in 1976, and her MBA from the Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1978 with a concentration in Hospital and Health Services Management. Julie is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS); a former member of the Board of Directors of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute; a former member of the National Board of Directors of RESOLVE, the infertility support association; and a current member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

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Program Description:

The Cradle provides an array of ethical services for infants, birthparents, adoptive parents and adopted persons, regardless of race, religion, age, sexual preference, socioeconomic background or other factors. Each year, The Cradle facilitates around 175-200 domestic and international adoptions. The Cradle Nursery admits around 100 infants whose birthparents are considering an adoption plan. Many of these babies have special medical needs, ranging from prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol to significant disabilities. The Cradle?s Birthparent Services counselors provide compassionate guidance and support to hundreds of women each year who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Services for adoptive parents include counseling, home studies and comprehensive education on raising an adopted child. The Ardythe and Gale Sayers Center for African American Adoption is committed to finding stable, nurturing families for black and biracial babies, who comprise around 30-40% of our annual domestic placements. The Cradle?s award-winning, online educational resource, AdoptionLearningPartners.org, offers interactive e-learning courses on a wide range of adoption-related topics. Finally, we provide extensive post adoption resources and support to Cradle adult adoptees, birthparents and adoptive families.

Program Long-Term Success:

Found permanent, adoptive homes for 225 infants and children referred through The Cradle's placement programs in fiscal 2008

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Child Care
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Infants/Babies (under age 5)
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Program Description:

The Cradle is the only U.S. adoption agency with an onsite, 24-hour newborn nursery. In continuous operation since 1923, The Cradle Nursery offers birth parents who are weighing an adoption decision a safe, temporary, nurturing home for their babies. This extraordinary service is provided free of charge and with no obligation to complete an adoption plan. The Nursery welcomes any baby referred to our care, including those with special medical needs. Our team of nurses and infant aides, working closely with affiliated pediatricians and specialists, ensures that every baby has the plan of care they need to give them the best possible start in life.

Program Long-Term Success:

Since The Cradle Nursery opened in 1923, more than 14,500 vulnerable infants have been admitted and have received exceptional care.

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Program: The Ardythe and Gale Sayers Center for African American Adoption (GuideStar Exchange,
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Adoption
Population Served:
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Blacks
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Program Description:

In 1999, The Cradle's African American Infant Adoption Program was renamed in honor of legendary Chicago Bears running back, NFL Hall of Fame inductee and Cradle dad, Gale Sayers, and his wife Ardythe. The goal of the Sayers Center is to find permanent, loving homes for African American and biracial babies. To accomplish this, we conduct extensive outreach to the African American community in greater metropolitan Chicago - educating people about adoption as a positive way of building families; dispelling myths about adoption; and recruiting African Americans as adoptive parents.

Program Long-Term Success:

As of 12/31/13, 545 nurturing, well-prepared Cradle families had adopted 700 African American or biracial children.

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Guidance & Counseling
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Female Adults
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Program Description:

Every year, 800-1,000 women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy contact The Cradle for information or to make an appointment with a Cradle counselor. While less than 10% of those women end up making an adoption plan, every woman who seeks The Cradle’s help receives compassionate guidance and support. Our typical expectant parent client is 18-28 years old (although we see women ranging in age from their early teens to mid-forties), single, lower income and with a high school education. The majority of these women are uninsured or under-insured, and many are just marginally employed, with no sick pay, maternity leave or other benefits. More than half are already parenting other children. All services for Cradle expectant parent clients - including use of The Cradle Nursery - are provided at no cost, regardless of whether they complete an adoption. In addition to the Nursery, The Cradle offers a mentoring program that matches trained birth mothers with women who are in the process of making an adoption plan, as well as material assistance with day-to-day necessities such as rent, transportation, maternity clothes and groceries.

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Program: Adoption Learning Partners (GuideStar Exchange,
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Distance Education
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Adults
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Program Description:

In 2002 The Cradle launched an online educational resource, AdoptionLearningPartners.org (ALP), with a single course, "Conspicuous Families." Since then, the award-winning website has grown to include 24 courses on a wide range of adoption-related topics, as well as an annual series of timely and topical webinars. "The Journey of Attachment," "Adopting the Older Child," and "Medical Issues in International Adoption" are just a few of ALP's other course titles. The vision of Adoption Learning Partners is to make a positive, measurable impact on adoption outcomes by offering meaningful, timely, web-based educational adoption resources for professionals, parents, adopted individuals, and the families that love them.

Program Long-Term Success:

ALP logged a total of 41,465 course and webinar enrollments in 2012, and 39,328 enrollments in 2013.

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