About Us

Letter From Executive Director

By Linda Perilstein, Executive Director

I would like to offer a warm welcome from all of us at Cradle of Hope and tell you about our work helping children and families. My husband and I adopted our son domestically and our daughter from Romania in the late 1980s. International adoption was a new and complicated process at that time, and many families asked for assistance. As a result, several other adoptive parents and I founded Cradle of Hope in 1990.

Cradle of Hope has placed more than 3,500 orphaned children from Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala and China with loving adoptive parents. Currently, we have an active program in China, where we are especially proud of our commitment to finding homes for older children and those with special needs.  Our Bridge of Hope hosting program helped more than 650 older children and those with special needs find loving families after a brief visit to the US.

Our domestic adoption program began in 2011 and has been growing ever since. We are expanding our efforts to help more women facing unplanned pregnancies and more US families who want to adopt locally. We provide resources and support for all parties to the adoption, before, during and after the adoption is completed. We strive to ensure that birth parents and adoptive parents are well prepared for and comfortable with the adoption process in the US.

Having personally experienced a domestic agency adoption and an independent international adoption, I can truly appreciate the support and knowledge that adoption professionals provide. The adoption process can be an emotional and procedural roller coaster. We have an excellent staff whose trademarks are competence, compassion, responsiveness, and solid ethics. Your Cradle of Hope team will guide you through each step of your adoption, and will be available to support you throughout the adoption process as well as after your child comes home.

Thank you for your interest in Cradle of Hope. We look forward to the opportunity of working with you. I encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can help bring your son or daughter home to you.

Linda

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Meet Our Staff

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Linda Perilstein, Executive Director

Linda is our Executive Director and founder. She is responsible for the overall operation of the agency and our adoption programs. Linda provides guidance and support to our staff and families and has a hand in recruitment, program development, administration, licensing and accreditation compliance, fundraising, domestic adoptions, and many other projects. Linda and her husband have adopted both domestically and internationally. She has lead Cradle of Hope through our 27 successful years.

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Patrice Gancie, Advocacy Programs Director

Patrice has worked as Director of our Bridge of Hope hosting program since 2003 and has helped over 600 older children find homes in the US. She hosted her sons through Bridge of Hope and adopted them in 1998. She has recruited and counseled host families, transitioned children into their adoptive families, and provided ongoing support to parents and children after adoption. While she’s involved in general outreach, program development, and communications with our current and past clients, her passion is helping older children find and succeed in their forever families.

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Chris Blimmel, Adoption Case Manager

Chris has served as an adoption assistant, caseworker and now Adoption Case Manager during his 20 years with Cradle of Hope. Chris works with adoptive families and guides them through the process, from application to adoption finalization. Chris has worked with hundreds of families and will
be happy to assist you.

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Tracy Jacobs, Director of Social Services

Tracy has been a part of the Cradle of Hope team since 2000. She has served as a staff social worker, a contract social worker, and currently as our Director of Social Services. Tracy oversees our homestudy process and provides support and guidance to our caseworkers and staff.

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Sherrell Goolsby, Homestudy Coordinator

Sherrell is our Homestudy Coordinator. She assists our homestudy clients to gather all required documents, coordinates our contract workers, and supervises the entire homestudy process. Sherrell has worked in adoption for more than 40 years, including twenty as the director of World Child and subsequently Adoption Center of Washington. She’s been part of the Cradle of Hope team for the past four years.

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Jufang Tseng, Adoption Assistant

Jufang is originally from Taiwan and speaks fluent Mandarin. She assists adoptive families with dossier preparation and answers all related questions. She also collects Hague and post adoption documents from the families.

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Rosa Taborga, Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Rosa makes sure our office runs smoothly, including paying our bills, ordering supplies, balancing our books and maintaining client accounts. Rosa has worked at Cradle of Hope for 17 years.

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Jamie Green, Administrative Assistant

Jamie works at our front desk and helps with copying, filing, answering the phones, sending out mail, etc. She is the warm and friendly voice you’ll hear when you call our office.

OUR MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY

Cradle of Hope’s primary mission is to provide adoption services to children in the US and overseas who are in need of permanent, loving families. We believe that every child has the right to grow up in a loving family, whose unconditional support and commitment will help him to reach his full potential. We provide our birth and adoptive families with counseling, preparation, and support throughout the adoption process and beyond. Since our staff has extensive personal and professional experience with adoption, we know the joy that adoption brings to a family. We work to ensure that building families through domestic and international adoption is a positive experience for the child and adoptive family.