Our History

Golden Cradle® is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) non-sectarian adoption and birthparent services agency founded in 1980 by Arty Elgart, a Philadelphia business man. Having gone through the adoption process himself, Arty thought that there must be a "better way" to provide a service to both placing families seeking to place their child for adoption and adoptive families.  He began an advertising campaign designed to present adoption as a viable, healthy option. From this unique approach, Golden Cradle® evolved into a highly successful, nationally recognized adoption organization.

Arty revolutionized adoption advertising and Golden Cradle® ads were placed on billboards, supermarket windows, newspapers and magazines.  The agency was featured on over 65 television shows in the US and England including The Today Show, Good Morning America, People Are Talking, 60 Minutes with Morley Safer and the Donahue Show.  Golden Cradle® was featured on the front cover of People Magazine and seven other magazines including the cover story of Parade magazine.

Golden Cradle® has taken adoption to a level no other agency had ever seen.  Our extraordinary, innovative, compassionate and caring staff makes adoption a positive experience for everyone involved.   

Licensed in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Hague Accredited by COA, Golden Cradle® serves people in the US and all over the world, and is committed to providing the highest quality services for Children, Birth Families, and Adopting Families.

In his 1991 book, Golden Cradle, How the Adoption Establishment Works & How to Make It Work For You. Arty Elgart talks about his experience, frustration and numerous barriers while trying to adopt a child. He knew there had to be a better way. He writes about his starting The Golden Cradle, an adoption agency committed to better management and fairer treatment of adopting couples, birth mothers, and, of course, babies.

Arty still maintains a close relationship with Golden Cradle®.



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