More Than a Consultant
Cradled in Grace is more than a business to us, it’s a ministry born out of our personal experience. We look to Christ first as we assist families in navigating the adoption space. We understand the fears and frustration that goes along with adoption and we believe it is our calling to equip families through a Christ-centered approach as they fulfill their call to adoption.
At Cradled in Grace we are here to walk alongside our clients through each step of their adoption journey, offering personalized service from the first steps through finalization. Our goal at Cradled in Grace is to minimize risk and help to navigate the roadblocks to a successful adoption, while promoting ethical adoption practices and honoring all members of the triad. More than clients to us, the families we help are like our family, we pray with them, share in their struggles and celebrate when they are holding their child in their arms. We consider it an honor to be a part of each client's adoption testimonies.
Cradled in Grace Adoption Consultants joyfully assist families throughout the United States who desire to build their family through domestic newborn adoption. (Unfortunately, due to state laws, we are unable to assist New York or New Jersey families.)
We want you to know we are here for you and are happy to answer your questions. We pray for each family who contacts us, that they might find the path God has chosen to lead them to the child they were meant to love.
Hi, I'm Kim!
My name is Kim Smith and I’m the founder and Executive Director of Cradled in Grace. I'd like to share our story....
For more than 12 years, I worked as a full-time social worker. During this time, I struggled through years of pregnancy loss and infertility, before having the privilege of becoming a mom. With the adoption of our first son in 2012, a seed was planted. I began to view adoption in a different way. As I later returned to work, helping both adoptive families and adult adoptees, my interest in adoption continued to grow. As an open advocate for adoption, I had often been approached by friends and acquaintances and asked to help guide them through the difficult and emotional process of domestic adoption. I began to see how rewarding it was to walk with others throughout the adoption process.
These experiences, as well as the adoption of another son in 2015, only made stronger the passion and desire to help and advocate for all members of the adoption triad. I began to see my heart for adoption and my ability to help others through the adoption process as a God-given calling. I was able to look back and see how God had been preparing me for this for more than a decade. As I prayed for wisdom and direction, Cradled in Grace was born in my heart. With God's guidance and the encouragement and support of my incredible husband, my dream became a reality.
More than just a business to us, Cradled in Grace is a ministry born out of our own personal experiences. It brings us great pleasure to now have the privilege to assist your family on this difficult, heart-wrenching, but oh, so amazing journey! We are honored to be able to share our knowledge and personal experiences with others, as we walk beside our clients each step of the way, from the decision to pursue adoption, until finalization. Our prayer each day, for those we walk beside, is that no matter how long or bumpy the road, they would be comforted and remain steadfast, cradled in God's amazing and perfect grace.
"We understand what a big step it is to invite someone to be a part of this emotional, and sometimes difficult, journey to adoption. We would like to share with you a little about our family, before you make the decision to trust us with yours."
Hi! I am Caylee Swanson, and I am one of the consultants here at Cradled in Grace.
In 2018 our family of 3 grew to a family of 5 with the help of Cradled in Grace. Working with Kim during our adoption journey was such a blessing, and being invited to walk that same journey with others is such an honor.
My husband Blake and I have been married since May of 2013, and we have three kiddos; Preston, Asha, and Lucy. We recently relocated to Cincinnati so that our community better reflects the beauty of all of our children. In our free time, we love to be at the park, the zoo, or catching up on our favorite TV shows.
Prior to joining the team at Cradled in Grace, I spent several years as a Children’s Pastor. While I may not wear the hat of pastor anymore, I am so thankful that the Lord is allowing me to continue in ministry as I walk the road of adoption with other families. I know the very real ups and downs of this journey, and I don’t take lightly the role of supporting you throughout your journey.
Why Hire a Consultant
Adoption is a complicated and extremely emotional process. Cradled in Grace provides the one-on-one guidance and emotional support that many adoption agencies are lacking. We pride ourselves in maintaining small caseloads so that we can offer our clients a very personalized service. We are there for our clients every step of the way, helping to educate, navigate roadblocks, offer encouragement and make the process go as smoothly as possible. The right consultant can make a world of difference in your adoption experience!
We are NOT facilitators. Facilitators help families match directly with expectant mothers. After they are matched, the facilitator is out of the picture. It is the hopeful adoptive family's responsibility to find an agency or attorney to facilitate the remainder of the adoption process.
What Makes us Unique
Cradled in Grace approaches adoption from a Christ-centered prospective, with all members of the triad in mind. Through carefully developed partnerships, we offer extensive training and insight from adult adoptees, birth families and adoptive parents.
Your story matters! Creating your adoption profile is one of the most important aspects of your adoption journey. It is the first, and usually, only opportunity for you to share your story with a potential expectant family or agency. In partnership with Arrow and Root, our clients receive an amazing, professionally designed profile book, customized to meet the needs of our partner agencies. During the design process, Cradled in Grace clients will receive feedback and profile review from a birth mom perspective through Arrow and Root's exclusive with Leah Outten of Open Adoption Consultants. With a special discount given to Cradled in Grace clients, our clients receive an expectant-mom-centered profile that makes a great (and lasting) FIRST impression for a cost far below the average professional profile design company.
Support and Preparation
In late 2019, we began an exciting new partnership with Ashley Mitchell, of Knee to Knee (@BigToughGirl). Ashley is a birth mom 13 years post-placement and has over a decade of experience sharing her journey, educating professionals, speaking at conferences and working with birth mothers and adoptive parents. She will tackle the hard topics that many Hopeful Adoptive Families wonder how to navigate. These include, but aren't limited to:
How to love an expectant mother after you have been chosen. Including meeting for the first time, gifts, hospital and more.
How to navigate an open adoption through anything that life throws at you. Including silence of a birth mother, adding additional family to the mix and “unsafe” situations.
Understanding Adoptive Parent guilt, setting appropriate boundaries so you don’t cross the line and understand that the birth mother grief is NOT YOUR FAULT!
For the Men
Kim's husband, Scott, offers a one on one chat with with our male clients. He will help them walk through issues and struggles from a guys perspective/adoptive fathers' perspective. We all know guys process things differently most times and we think it's important that the guys have someone they can talk to that "gets it".
New in 2020!
Our village has grown and we are proud to provide even more support and preparation!
We are thrilled to have added a partnership with Torie DiMartile of Wreckage and Wonder. Torie is a Phd student at Indiana University studying transracial adoption. She can be found as a frequent guest blogger and a guest speaker for podcasts and conferences, sharing about open adoption in an interracial family. Torie is fast becoming a well-respected and prominent voice in the world of adoption and will be a huge blessing to Cradled in Grace clients! Torie will tackle uncomfortable and sometimes difficult subjects in an honest yet encouraging and grace-filled way. Topics include, but aren’t limited to:
Adoptee trauma and triggers
Honoring adoptee birth culture
Transracial adoption: Is it right for us? How do I best support and love my transracial adopted child well?
You can never have enough education!
We are also proud to now be offering ALL clients the Woven Together training course. Woven Together is an online educational course for hopeful adoptive parents to dig deep into the heart issues and preparation of adopting with lifetime relationships. Each package includes lifetime access to the Woven Together online course so you can watch and re-watch various topics throughout your adoption journey. You will receive a professionally designed workbook to assist you and your spouse in talking through the hard "heart check" questions. The workbook is also a tangible item for you to write your intimate thoughts in and look back on. The package will also include a weekly "hangout" call with both Leah and Mallory that you can join to ask questions, no matter where you are in your adoption journey (pssst... you can even join every week if you'd like!). We believe when doing adoption well, you never stop learning. We feel so strongly about this that we are offering this incredible package as OUR GIFT to our clients. When the entire triad is woven together, we are stronger!
Our clients are like family to us! We go the extra mile in providing emotional support; we want to always be there when you need us. Thanks to a new partnership with Bringer of Joy Adoption Company, you might even find a surprise in your mailbox along the way!