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Jonathan Standish's Reflection Essay

posted by Jonathan Standish on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jonathan Standish, John Carroll University student, participated in Adoption Network Cleveland's Scholars Program during the 2013-2014 school year.  Here is his reflection of that experience.


Book Review: Sunlight on My Shadow

posted by Ellen Hunt on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It is hard to put down this heartrending, and later heartwarming, account of an unwed mother in her own words. Those of us who have experienced this trauma and loss recognize ourselves over and over and those who want to understand will be drawn in too.


The Question That Changed My Life

posted by Dan Smith on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dan Smith is an adult adoptee.  Read more about his story here...

Exactly Where I Need to Be

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Friday, August 30, 2013

Julia Gay was adopted from China by a single mother in Ohio. Julia served as college intern for Adoption Network Cleveland in the summer of 2013. She shares a powerful dramatic monologue of her story here ...


23 Days

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Adoptive mom -- and Marine mom -- writes about saying goodbye to her son as he heads back to Japan until May 2014. This time, her sentiments have a more positive spin ...

2013 Community Shares Member Organization of the Year!

posted by Betsie Norris on Friday, June 28, 2013

I can’t tell you how honored we are to receive the 2013 Community Shares Member of the Year Award – thank you! 

They say that many hands make light work, and that couldn’t be more true at Adoption Network Cleveland – we couldn’t be more lucky to have a staff, board, volunteers, membership and donors that are passionate about our mission, and make it all happen.

This has been a phenomenal year for us filled with many incredible opportunities. It is our 25th anniversary year. In 1988 when I started Adoption Network Cleveland, I had a vision that had never been done before. It felt like a huge vision at that time, and now that vision has been surpassed many times over and keeps expanding, touching thousands of lives.

It's Time to Reflect

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

During the course of planning activities for our 25th Anniversary year, I’ve pored through many old scrapbooks and photos … and memories …


Choosing to Heal

posted by Estes Turner on Friday, January 11, 2013

When my life gets stressful, my tendency is to feel inadequate and insecure. It is like I have an emotional sunburn: sensitive to the touch, wary of anyone who gets too close, and angry with myself for allowing the situation to get out of control...

A Grandmother's Journey--Part 2

posted by Granci on Thursday, November 29, 2012

I remember standing at the kitchen sink a little over two years ago when my daughter told me she had something to discuss with me. It was a serious statement… It had been a rough year. My daughter had just lost her second pregnancy and she had been devastated. It was a time in motherhood for me that I wasn't able to fix what was broken…

A Grandmother's Journey

posted by Granci on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

When my daughter adopted twin African-American boys, I was overwhelmed with many thoughts and emotions.  My thoughts were taking over and I was jumping from one random thought to another.  Never did I think that becoming a grandparent was going to be so multidimensional.  

Grief and Hope: Digging Deep and Bright Blue Skies

posted by Karen Gillooly on Friday, October 12, 2012

Whether or not you feel you are parenting “wounded children”, anytime we see our children hurting, feeling worthless or unloveable, it hurts. It aches. It tears. Them and us - at least it does for me. Especially when I know that there is nothing to do but just “be” with them through that pain. I can’t take it away, deny it, cover it up or minimize it.
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The Best Thing That Ever Happened…

posted by Estes Turner on Monday, October 01, 2012

When asked what it felt like to tie myself down, I responded, “I just feel like I always need to be open to whatever may come along, like an opportunity. I have this feeling that I might miss out on the best thing that ever happened to me because I had promised to do something I really didn't want to do in the first place.”

From Wichita They Came

posted by Estes Turner on Friday, September 14, 2012

My son, Colin, was married in Boston in July (2012) to beautiful and extraordinary Lillie Marshall. Family and friends from all over the U.S. came to celebrate and participate. As always, there were those who wanted to attend and could not due to circumstances beyond their control…

A Family Affair

posted by Roxana Bell on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

... There can be a sense of separate experiences amongst the Triad so much that it seems like everyone is journeying alone. One is on an island of interior selfness—closed off from sharing. But, I do not think that this should continue to be so in the adoption community. I believe this is actually damaging our ability to talk about something like this that is primal and innate: children and family. How can we continue to remain silent? ...

A Friendly Reminder

posted by Karen Gillooly on Friday, July 20, 2012

As parents and partners, what helps you recharge your batteries? How do you nurture important relationships? Are there other parents or couples who truly understand – those special friends who ‘get it?’ Sometimes I get so busy with the day-to-day details of life that I need to be reminded to live. To stop and smell the roses. To breathe.
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The Importance of Sharing Your Story

posted by Vicky Dolinsky on Thursday, July 05, 2012

I fell in love with my high school sweetheart, but we gave up our son for adoption. During a recent business meeting I met with a couple who shared that they were high school sweethearts and had been married for 31 years. “Wow, you guys are really blessed” I said. “Can I take two minutes to tell you my story?

Anger Doesn't Heal the Past

posted by Estes Turner on Thursday, June 28, 2012

At our May session of Adoptee Journeys, our “Adoptee Only” series, a panel of four birthmothers shared about their experience of pregnancy, birth and relinquishment. By the end of the evening, I felt some of the old anger coming back that defined many of my early months of attendance at the General Support and Discussion Meetings.

A Year of Magical Thoughts

posted by Roxana Bell on Friday, June 08, 2012

It has been almost a year since Adoption Network Cleveland came into my life like an answered prayer. My journey began because my counselor did not understand the adoption connections in my life. I don’t know if I even realized the significance of those first burning feelings inside. Since coming to the Network, I’ve been digging into these issues with other adoptees. Their stories along with the stories of other Triad members have fed my soul over the past 11 months.

To Expect the Unexpected

posted by Lori McCarthy on Friday, June 01, 2012

I first met my birthmother in 1991 when I was 28 years old; I’m not sure what I expected. The search had been thrilling. The detective work was great fun. I was fortunate to find her with minimal effort after a short search. She was thrilled to hear from me. I did not think about anything past that initial meeting...

Those Darn Goodbyes

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This is a follow-up to my post in December, when my son was knee-deep in boot camp. Those days were among the hardest times of separation because there was no way to look in his baby blues or have a conversation... Now, we are six months into this journey as a Marine family. We’ve had many more meaningful hellos and goodbyes as he took each new step in his training.

The “Both-And” Of Parenting

posted by Karen Gillooly on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

One of the things I have learned in life is that “all-or-nothing” thinking is not very helpful. When I notice I am looking at things from a perspective of “either/or” or one extreme or the other, I try to challenge myself to see other possibilities beyond “black and white”. And while this is helpful, there are times when I also have to acknowledge that, at times, the reality of life is complex and confusing and there are situations where “both-and” does apply.


posted by Estes Turner on Monday, May 14, 2012

"When my adoptive mom, Jewell, died in 1982 I was emotionally devastated and grief stricken. The loss of my dad four years earlier had been traumatic, but I had my mom to take care of and we grieved together...Ten years later, when I first considered search and reunion, one of my first thoughts was that I might have to grieve for another mother."

Follow Up Essay to May Newsletter Cover Story

posted by Roxana Bell on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Twenty year old, Roxanna, an adoptee wrote this essay as a follow up to her "Reflections in the Mirror" story that was published in our May-June 2012 Guidance Newsletter.

Questions from A Birthmother to Birthfathers

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A note from the editor: Jeanne Hood wrote this article for our newsletter several years ago. We’re hoping it’ll spark a conversation, via this blog. Join in and let us hear your voice!
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Taking Back Our Powers

posted by Jennifer Knight on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

For me, right now, I think it’s this – being able to put words to the feelings . . . to share them with others who might read and understand. It’s being willing to stand up and say “I am an adoptee, and I am a birthmother, and there is no shame here. I am more than these two experiences . . . and good, bad, or otherwise, they have made me strong.”

A Good Mom

posted by Jennifer Knight on Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Over the years, I’ve had people tell me that I did a wonderful thing for my birthson, and I’ve had people tell me that I gave him a gift. But never before has anyone said I was a good mom.

Thank you Adoption Network Cleveland Donors!

posted by Kathryn Mahon on Tuesday, February 14, 2012

We would like to say a special "thank you" to all the wonderful donors who support Adoption Network Clevleand.

Letter to Executive Director Betsie Norris

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Friday, February 03, 2012

Adult adoptee shares her appreciation for our ongoing series: Adoptee Journeys.

The Inside Scoop on the Groupon Campaign

posted by Kathryn Mahon on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Groupon Campaign is coming soon! We need at least 36 people to donate at least $10 each through the Groupon Daily Deal between Jan. 31st and Feb. 2. Here is your chance to learn more about the specifics of the campaign and what you can do to help us reach our goal.

My Own Christmas Box

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This holiday season has been a challenging one and it has brought forward feelings that I’ve never had before … and has brought to the surface some feelings that have been long locked in a box.

A time to be thankful for ... Volunteers!

posted by Laura Weber on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to thank all of the volunteers of Adoption Network Cleveland…all the volunteers that are currently active and all the volunteers that helped contribute to make the organization what it is today! As the volunteer coordinator, I have been privileged to work with you and get to know you on a more personal level.
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2011 Holiday Card Design Contest

posted by George Graham on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

CALLING ALL YOUNG ARTISTS!! The 2011 Adoption Network Cleveland Holiday Card Design Contest is ON. Any local adoptee or youth in foster care, age 18 and under, is eligible to enter. The chosen design will become Adoption Network Cleveland's 2011 Holiday Card. 


Legal Symposium on “Permanency Solutions”

posted by George Graham on Monday, October 17, 2011

I attended the two-day “Permanency Solutions” legal symposium in September as a staffperson from Adoption Network Cleveland, but I also found it profoundly moving as an adoptive parent. 

New Website

posted by George Graham on Monday, October 17, 2011

We have worked hard (and much longer than we’d like to admit!) on this new website for Adoption Network Cleveland.  Basically, we were trying to accomplish three things in launching the new site:
  • Make the website more user-friendly
  • Make the website look and feel like the Adoption Network Cleveland “brand”
  • Integrate social media
Let us know what you think!

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