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


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


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


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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Torie DiMartle of Wreckage and Wonder


Torie is an adult biracial, transracial adoptee in an open adoption with her birth mother and a semi-open adoption with her birth father. She grew up in an Italian American, Christian family in the predominantly white suburbs of Northern Kentucky. Torie received her B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology in 2015 and is currently three years into her Anthropology doctoral program at Indiana University, where she studies the history of systemic racism in the U.S. domestic and international adoption industry. Torie also runs an Instagram page called Wreckage and Wonder where she educates white adoptive parents to Black and brown children about anti-racism and racial identity. Torie is passionate about equipping white adoptive parents with the knowledge they need to foster a healthy and positive racial identity in their children and honor their birth family through openness.


1 Hour phone consultation

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, loss and grief.

  • Openess in adoption from the adoptee perspective

  • Honoring adoptee birth culture and the importance of racial mirrors and adoptee racial identity development.

  • Transracial adoption: Is it right for us? How do I best support and love my transracial adopted child well?

 Torie's goal is to empower adoptive parents to provide the best environment for their adoptee through recognizing and honoring the dual reality of adoption as both a story of “wreckageand wonder.”

*Cost included in your Cradled in Grace contract

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