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Learning to Roll with It

posted by Jaime Robinson on Sunday, May 08, 2016

My mind didn't naturally switch from birthmom to mom like I thought it would. For weeks I worried that maybe this child would be better off without me too. That maybe I made a mistake thinking I could actually do this whole mom thing.
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The Power of Parallel Groups

posted by Cynthia Robinson on Saturday, April 09, 2016

I adopted each of my three children from foster care. Seventeen years ago, I adopted a sibling group of two sisters, who were then 9 and 4, and now are 25 and 21 years old. I met my son when he was four days old and he is now 11 years old.


An Open Plea to Indiana Lawmakers from the Ohio adoptee who was first in line to be granted equal access under the law to her birth records.

posted by Claudia Vercellotti on Thursday, February 11, 2016

A few will argue that Indiana Lawmakers passing a new bill to give thousands of adoptees, previously barred by Statute, equal rights under the law to their original birth certificates 'could' be problematic. 



Adoption Network Workshops

posted by Melissa Zagata & Athena Mericsko on Friday, October 30, 2015

This past year, we had the opportunity to attend the Adoption Network’s Adoption 101 Workshop.  We had been considering the path of adoption for quite some time, but we knew very little about the process, especially where to start! When we first read about the workshop, we thought it held a lot of promise for us.  Scheduled conveniently on a Saturday morning into the early afternoon, the workshop fit well with our busy schedules.



Be Prepared for Those “A-ha” Moments

posted by Marni Hall on Thursday, September 03, 2015

The reunion with my birth mom has been quite the journey. Even since the adoption records opened up in March 2015, I've been a sponge learning everything I can about adoption. It’s not like I recently discovered my adoption status. I’ve known for about 40 of my 48 years that I was adopted. It was just a thing. A label. It was an answer to the questions on the medical history. Don’t know, adopted.


Pregnant Again, for the First Time - Jaime Robinson

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

by Jaime Robinson

My heart was racing and my hands were sweaty as I entered the OB office this past March. I noticed that my normally calm husband was fidgeting in his seat next to me as he grabbed my hand and we started answering the nurse’s questions and she typed them into her computer. 

The nurse was extremely kind and very down to earth as she ran through her list of questions while logging in our medical histories. I was getting more and more anxious as the questions kept coming, dreading the one I knew she was going to ask. 

And before I knew it, she asked it. “Is this your first pregnancy?” 


Student Scholars Reflections - Learning About Adoption

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Read reflections from some of our most recent participants in the Student Scholars Program - a program that gives college students a better understanding of adoption and foster care issues.

Reflections from Adoption Network Cleveland Interns

posted by Cassandra (Cassey) Fye and Irina Dyakiv on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cassandra (Cassey) Fye and Irina Dyakiv are both second-year graduate social work students with Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Cassey concentrated her time at Adoption Network Cleveland with our Permanency Champions Mentoring Program and Irina worked in supporting our Post Adoption Program. They will both complete their internships in April 2015.

What the new law means to me …

posted by Molly Abbott on Saturday, March 14, 2015

I was adopted in 1979 by a couple of wonderful individuals. Those two people, my adoptive parents, have shaped the person I have become today. Their kindness and generosity towards others has allowed me to be able to share these same values with my own children. I start off by mentioning my parents because I feel the need to let you know that this piece of paper won’t change my relationship with them and it won’t magically change me either, but what it will do is fill a void that has been there all of my life.
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It’s just a piece of paper…

posted by Lori McCarthy on Monday, February 23, 2015

So, who really cares about an original birth certificate? It’s just a piece of paper. You know who you are. You know who your “real” parents are. Your parents love you; they made you who you are. You don’t need anything else.

Six Weeks Away! What the New Open Records Law Means to the Search Process: We Can Help!

posted by Amy Lomis on Thursday, February 05, 2015

By Amy Lomis, Program Coordinator, Adult Adoptees and Birthparents, Adoption Network Cleveland

Changes in Ohio’s adoption law impacts what information Ohio adult adoptees (born in Ohio and adopted between the years 1964 and 1996) will have access to. Beginning on March 20th, adult adoptees will be able to request their original birth certificate, which will most likely include information that will greatly assist in the initial stages of the search process.


We’re Two Months Away: Be There on “Opening Day”!

posted by Linda Schellentrager on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Let’s Gather Together to Celebrate Ohio’s New Adoption Records Law

Make your hotel reservation by February 19th
to get the group rate. bit.ly/ANCgroupdrury-mar15

Book Review: Akin to the Truth

posted by Dan Smith on Friday, January 09, 2015

Akin to the Truth
A Memoir of Adoption and Identity
by Paige Adams Strickland

Review by Dan Smith, Adoptee, Adoption Network Cleveland Member



posted by Kathryn Mahon on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

These are just a few of the words that can be used to describe the Adoption Network Cleveland General Support and Discussion Meetings. Four times a month throughout Northeast Ohio, people come together in a supportive setting to discuss issues related to adoption and foster care or to just listen and learn.

Book Review: The Girl Behind the Door

posted by Joe Schellentrager on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Girl Behind the Door
“A Father’s Journey into the Mystery of Attachment”
A Memoir by John Brooks
Review by Joe Schellentrager


Mentor Spotlight: Renee DeLuca

posted by Robert Gibbons on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mentor Spotlight: Renee DeLuca

By Robert “Gib” Gibbons, Program Coordinator, Mentoring

In my new role as Coordinator of our Permanency Champions Mentoring Program, I am inspired by the giving nature of our mentors to their mentees. Renee DeLuca is one such mentor. An adoptee and long-time volunteer and member with Adoption Network Cleveland, Renee became a mentor in 2013 to a 14-year-old teen boy in foster care.


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...

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…

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.

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.


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."

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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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.
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