Adoption Awareness Coalition
The Adoption Awareness Coalition is an alliance of agencies and organizations committed to promoting understanding and visibility of adoption in Northeast Ohio. The Coalition works to:
- promote stability of children and families
- raise public awareness about adoption and children waiting for adoption
- provide educational programs for adoptive, foster families and professionals
Each year, the Adoption Awareness Coalition sponsors a workshop offered by an adoption expert, which is free for Coalition member agency staff and affiliated families and open to the public for a modest fee. The workshop is generally held in November, National Adoption Month. Watch here for details about the 2011 annual workshop.
2012 Annual Workshops
Date: Friday, Novemer 16
Place: Independence Branch, Cuyahoga County Public Library
6361 Selig Drive
Independence, OH 44131
Cost: Free for all Adoption Awareness Coalition member agency staff and families with these agencies. $25 for each session for non-members. Registration is required for all attendees. Boxed lunches are also available for $10 each.
CEU's are available for counselors and social workers for $10 per session. (3 credit hours per session).
Registration: Click here
to register online. Email Robert "Gib" Gibbons or call (216) 482-2332
Medical Issues in Adopted Children
Morning Session, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
This training helps adoption professionals and adoptive parents learn about common medical issues within adoptive families (and differences between those in international, domestic and public system families).
Presented by: Dr. Elaine Schulte, Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital
Panel: Sharing Professional Expertise
Afternoon Session, 1:30 to 4:30 pm
This training focuses on successes and trends in working with adoptive families.
Moderated by: Dottie Klemm, M.S.S.A, L.S.W.
Panelists include: Pat Ameling, M.A., P.C.C; Executive Director, Caring for Kids
Kathryn A. Biddle, L.I.S.W.-S, R.Y.T; Assistant VP Clinical Services, Beech Brook
Regina Kupecky, L.S.W.; Therapist, Attachment and Bonding Center
Zoë Breen Wood, Ph.D., M.S.W.; Director, Office of Educational Outcome Assessment, CWRU
Download the informational flier and registration form.
For more information about joining the Adoption Awareness Coalition or about trainings that are offered, contact Robert “Gib” Gibbons
at (216) 482-2332.
Adoption Awareness Coalition members are: