2018 Annual Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 29

All are welcome to join us to celebrate our 30th anniversary and all the milestones along the way, honor the recipients of the Triad Advocate of the Year and Founder’s Award, and reflect on three decades of advocacy, education and support for individuals, families and our community.

2018 Triad Advocate of the Year

This year's Triad Advocate of the Year Awards, given annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the adoption and child welfare field, will be presented to:

Founder's Award

This year's Founder’s Award, given in recognition of outstanding volunteer service in spirit by which this organization was founded in 1988, will be presented to:

Special Recognition

A Special Recognition Award will be presented to:

Keynote Speaker

Fact Not Fate: Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Importance of Relationships

Dr. Jennifer King is an assistant professor at Case Western Reserve University and the assistant director of the Center on Trauma and Adversity. She has more than a decade of clinical practice experience working directly with traumatized individuals, families, and communities with the goal of addressing the impact of trauma across systems in order to help the traumatized move from surviving to thriving. Her early work with children who experienced chronic, ongoing, complex traumatic stress led to strong interest in the questions clinicians ask, and how they ask them, in order to appropriately plan and carry out services.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Reception: 5:30-6:15 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks served

Program: 6:15-8 p.m.

Location: Ford Room, Jerry Sue Thornton Center, Cuyahoga Community College, 2500 E 22nd St., Cleveland

Cost: Free to attend

RSVP: By Nov. 22


Evening Program

We'll look back at the highlights and accomplishments of Adoption Network Cleveland's service throughout 2018, celebrate the accomplishments and successes since the organization's founding in 1988, and recognize outgoing members and elect new members to the Board of Directors.

Meet the Author and Book Signing during reception with Dr. Elaine Schulte, Caring for Your Adopted Child: An Essential Guide for Parents, The American Academy of Pediatrics, published October 2018. Books will be available for purchase. Dr. Schulte is a pediatrician at the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation. She received her medical degree from Albany Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years.


Free, lit and accessible parking is available on the Cuyahoga Community College campus.

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