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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your availability, skill set, or personal interests, Adoption Network Cleveland has a need that you could fill by becoming an Adoption Network Cleveland volunteer. Since our founding in 1988, volunteers have played a critical role in program development, advocacy, fundraising, organizational oversight and direct service.

Some positions require a great deal of commitment, while others ask for little more than a few hours of your time. What qualifies you to become an Adoption Network Cleveland Volunteer is a willingness to serve and support those individuals and communities whose lives have been touched by adoption and foster care.


  • Baking Volunteer

    Bake at home and share with others by bringing in bakery products for programs, events, and volunteer days.

  • Committee Volunteer

    Executive Committee
    Comprised of Adoption Network Cleveland Board Members only. If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please discuss your interest with Betsie Norris at (216) 482-2314.

    Finance Committee
    The Finance Committee coordinates the board's financial oversight responsibilities by recommending policy to the board, interpreting it for the staff, and monitoring its implementation. The committee also oversees the organization's investments.
    Staff Contact: Nicole Cheraso, (216) 482-2310, or

    Leadership Development Committee
    Comprised of Adoption Network Cleveland Board Members only.
    This committee nurtures new and existing leadership for Adoption Network Cleveland so that individuals find taking a leadership role in our organization both invigorating and fulfilling. This includes coordinating nominations for seats on our board of directors, working closely with our board and other volunteer leaders and nurturing new leaders from within our membership.

    Outreach and Development Committee
    Using new and traditional media, the Outreach and Development Committee seeks to raise awareness about foster care and adoption issues as well as the programs and services that Adoption Network Cleveland offers to address these issues. In addition, the committee oversees the development of financial resources from individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources in order to ensure that the organization has the funds necessary to implement these programs and services.
    Staff Contact: Tammy Willet (216) 482-2309, or

    Program Committee
    The Program Committee evaluates current programming, identifies best practices and resources for potential new programming and acts as a liaison to Adoption Network Cleveland membership, staff and Board members about evolving needs.
    Staff Contact: Jennifer Zisk-Vitron (216) 482-2320, or

    Public Policy Committee
    The Public Policy Committee acts to effectuate changes in public policy governing adoption and child welfare. This public policy may include laws, agency regulations and societal attitudes.
    Staff Contact: Betsie Norris (216) 482-2314, or

    Special Events Sub-Committee
    A sub-committee of the Fund Development Committee, the Special Event Sub-Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of Adoption Network Cleveland's major fundraising events, including the Creating Futures Benefit & Silent Auction and the Mini-Golf Outing. Committee members are responsible for soliciting event sponsors and donations, working on event logistics, assisting with event marketing, selling raffle tickets, assisting with miscellaneous errands, and volunteering on the day of the event.
    Staff Contact: Tammy Willet (216) 482-2309, or

  • Event Volunteer

    Help us run some of our fundraising and organizational events – tasks may include but are not limited to registration, set up and breakdown, selling raffle tickets, crafts, children’s games, etc.

  • Program Volunteer

    Working on programs that respond to the needs of our members and the Cleveland community.

  • Search Volunteer

    Assisting other members in their searches for their birthparent(s) or birthchild

  • Speaker’s Bureau

    Speaking to the community at large to help others understand the realities of adoption, foster care and kinship (family) care.

  • Special Project/Office Volunteer

    Assisting with special projects and working in our offices or behind the scenes to help make it all happen

For additional questions, contact Evan Clark, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, at or (216) 482-2312.

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