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Adoption: The Rest of the Iceberg

Guest Speaker: Ms. Julie Tye, President and CEO, The Cradle, Evanston

When most of us think of adoption, we imagine new parents joyfully welcoming an infant into their family, having their dreams fulfilled by the selfless act of a woman who cannot parent her baby.  And, for the most part, this is all true.  But it is just the tip of the iceberg.  In addition to joy, there is a great deal of sorrow, making both the birth mother and the adoptive parents extremely vulnerable.  When adoption services are provided correctly, their journey, while difficult, makes all of them stronger.  When provided poorly, their journey can involve lifelong pain.  During our time together, we will explore what lurks beneath the tip of the iceberg.

Julie Tye has been President and CEO at The Cradle since 1992, during which time there has been a four-fold increase in annual public support from $500,000 to $2 million.  There has also been a 100% increase in the number of expectant parents served despite a declining birth rate in the target demographic.  Ms. Tye and her group initiated the Adoption Reform Act of 2005 and they were one of its chief architects.  They also had a role in editing the Original Birth Certificates Act of 2010 and a bigger role in testifying on its behalf.  Ms. Tye received her Masters of Management, Hospital and Health Services Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and her B.S. in Biology (summa cum laude) from Pace University in New York.