Adoptive and Foster Parenting
In most ways, adoptive parents are just like those who form their families biologically. They love their children, have hopes and dreams for them, and worry about their safety, education, and future. In other ways, though, adoptive parents can have other concerns, questions, or needs for themselves, their children, and the rest of their family because they've been touched by adoption.
Adoption Network Cleveland offers many programs and services to meet the needs of adoptive families before they adopt as well as throughout the lifelong process of adoption:
- Adoption 101: Where Do I Begin – an overview workshop for people who are just starting to think about becoming adoptive parents which explores a full range of options—infant domestic, international or older youth adoptions.
- Adoption Navigator – has extensive training to guide families through the adoption process and provide support and referrals for families after adoptions are finalized.
- Support and Education – Monthly gatherings and social activities for families who have adopted that help parents feel greater connection and confidence in their parenting journey. Our Post Adoption Facilitator is an experienced professional with training and education regarding the adoption journey.
- Our Educational Liaison is available to work with parents on any school-related issue, especially those who have adopted from the foster care system.
We also have information available on becoming a foster parent, answers to frequently asked questions about adoption, steps to adoption and things to consider when choosing an adoption agency.
In addition, adoptive families can find support and answers to their questions by calling our Adoption Helpline at (216) 325-1000 or contacting us via email. The Helpline is available 9:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays. Many adoptive parents also attend our General Support and Discussion Meetings, which are held in four locations every month in Cuyahoga, Summit and Lake counties - plus in three other regions in Ohio: Columbus, Dayton, NW Ohio, as well as a virtual meeting. These groups are open to anyone touched by adoption or interested in lifelong adoption issues and allow people to learn from others’ perspectives.
We are holding an Adoption Finalization Celebration on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Adoption Network Cleveland offices. For more information or to RSVP please contact Ayanna Abi-Kyles.
For a pdf of the Ohio Adoption Guide, click here.