Our Village

Cradled in Grace is more than just a matching and referral service. We want to ensure that our clients are fully equipped and well educated before the matching process begins. It is Important to us that families present their profiles prepared to love and support all members of the triad well. By providing the support and education needed to accomplish this, our clients can present their profiles with a full understanding of what to expect with each situation and do so 100% committed to follow through if chosen.


We have developed a village to assist in educating and supporting our clients. This has been accomplished through partnerships with well-known and trusted adoption professionals who represent different sides of the triad.

Meet Our Village

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Ashley Mitchell of Knee to Knee

Ashley Mitchell, owner of Big Tough Girl and Founder + Executive Director of Lifetime Healing Foundation, set out to seek increased care, understanding, and resources for birth mothers.  For over a decade, Ashley has been one of the most consistent and sought after birth mother voices in the nation.  Well known for her vulnerability and transparency in adoption, her story has touched the hearts of countless members of the adoption community and beyond.

 

We at Cradled in Grace are honored to be able to partner with Ashley and share her experience and insight with our clients.

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1 Hour phone consultation

On this 60-minute phone call Ashley will help to help clients navigate the birth mom relationship. This call can include:

* brainstorming through your specific situation and creating a plan of action that is customized to your unique relationship.

*How to love an expectant mother after you have been chosen. Including meeting for the first time, gifts, hospital and more

*Understanding Adoptive Parent guilt, setting appropriate boundaries so you don’t cross the line and understand that the birth mother’s grief is NOT YOUR FAULT!

*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, visits, “unsafe” situations and more.

*Cost included in your Cradled in Grace contract

Profile Review

The profile book is such a huge part of the process. Having someone who knows what it’s like to make an adoption plan share her insight and impressions about your profile can be incredibly helpful. We want your book to be expectant mom centered and to be an authentic representation of who you really are. This helps create that important connection that is so important in the expectant mom's decision and comfort level going forward. Ashley is available to review and provide profile book review of your letters to the expectant parent, content and overall impressions of the design and more. This service is avaiable for all Cradled in Grace clients.

*Cost included in your Cradled in Grace contract

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Back to Basics Education via Ashley and Lifetime Healing

We know that so often home study education falls short. It’s often dated, more focused on foster/adoption, and lacking in the information that is really needed.  It simply is NOT enough for families to be fully prepared. Because we want families to have honest, open and truly helpful education, we offer Back to Basics as OUR GIFT to our families. In this 8 hour video, Ashley covers the following topics:

Transferring pain in infertility and trauma

Adoptive Parent roles in ethical practices

Navigating emotion through disrupted adoption

7 core issues post relinquishment

Telling your story through profile books

Promises

How to communicate your child’s adoption story

Addiction and Incarceration in open adoption

It doesn’t end at the hospital

+ a few bonus videos at the end

 

In late 2020 we hope to offer EVEN MORE! Lifetime Healing is making BIG CHANGES to Back to Basics! These changes will allow us to offer completely CUSTOM education packages to Cradled in Grace clients!

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Brittany Nelsen of Graceful Wellness Therapy

Dr. Brittany Nelsen is a clinical psychologist who earned her PsyD from Wheaton College in 2011.  Since then, she has worked in partial hospitalization, residential, and outpatient therapy settings.  Dr. Nelsen specializes in faith-based Christian therapy, with the goal of helping her clients experience the healing That God provides.  She owns her own private practice, Graceful Wellness Therapy, operating out of Southwest Florida. Dr. Nelsen is also an adoptive Mama, nurturing a very open adoption with her daughter’s birth family.  She and her husband are familiar with the unique challenges of both infertility and foster parenting.  Dr. Nelsen is passionate about honoring all members of the adoption triad.  As part of this calling, she enjoys walking alongside hopeful adoptive parents as they grieve previous losses and work through pre-conceived expectations as they prepare their hearts for the adoption journey ahead.

2 virtual counseling sessions

 In addition to the personalized support your consultant will provide, we are also offering 2 virtual counseling sessions with Dr. Nelson. From grieving infertility and pregnancy losses, to dealing with the complex emotions that come with adoption, we want to be sure you are fully supported.

*Cost included in your Cradled in Grace contract

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Amanda McKinstry of Black Girl White Family

Amanda is an adult transracial adoptee, who was adopted at 3 days old into an Italian American/Irish American home.  Amanda was part of a closed adoption but was able to reunite with her biological family at the age of 15. She is a proud parent of a 15 year old girl and understands the commitment, effort and patience it takes to raise a child. 

Amanda started her journey on Youtube which influenced her brand “ Black Girl White Family”.  Since sharing her own adoption story publicly, Amanda has formed a business to educate and bring awareness to transracial adoption, as well as mentor young transracial adoptees. Amanda offers parent workshops and one on one sessions to educate white adoptive parents of black children.

Black Girl White Family is a place where families are able to learn, grow and receive support as it relates to transracial adoption.  She is genuine and transparent which allows her to provide knowledge through her own lived experiences.  

 

4 hour interactive webinar

Our clients are given access to a 4-hour interactive webinar with Amanda. Adoptive parents will learn ways to support their adoptee to develop a strong racial identity and learn coping skills for racism. Adoptive parents will have more confidence in understanding what their child needs in order to thrive, as they better understand the obstacles their child will face and are provided with the resources to help their child grow in confidence. 

1 Hour phone consultation

All Cradled in Grace clients attending the webinar will be given a code to receive a one-on-one coaching session with Amanda.

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Meet Our Partners!

We have amazing partnerships with wonderful organizations and we want you to get to know them too! Click the names below their logo to learn more!

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