Permanency Champion
(Noun) 1. The property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration.                  
(Noun) 1. A person who fights for a cause.
(Noun) 1. A wise and trusted guide and advisor.

Permanency Champions are stable, mature adults who serve as mentors to youth in foster care while they are waiting for adoption. Adoption Network Cleveland's primary goal for these youth is to help them find a permanent, loving adoptive family, though we recognize that not all youth will be adopted. Permanency Champions can advocate for and provide support to teens as they transition either into a family or into adulthood on their own. Our hope is that these connections become lifetime relationships that enrich both the teen and the mentor.

Click here to view a heartfelt mentoring testimonial.

If you are interested in becoming a Permanency Champion, there are several basic steps:
  • Complete an application
  • Attend an orientation training - click here for a flier. 
  • Get fingerprinted and have a background check completed (at our cost)
  • Participate in a one-on-one assessment with our Mentoring Coordinator
  • Provide three references
It is not a long process and participants have commented on the valuable information they gain through the training and screening process. Teens need positive stable adults in their lives, not always “perfect” ones. Ordinary people can be great Permanency Champions for teens! 

Adoption Network Cleveland provides monthly social activities for youth and their Permanency Champions, as well as ongoing training and guidance to support people in this role. To learn more about becoming a Permanency Champion for a teen in foster care, contact our mentoring program at (216) 325-1000.

Click here to download our mentoring poster to hang at your place of business, church or civic organization.

WOIO Channel 19 in Cleveland created this Public Service Announcement to garner awareness regarding the need for mentors for youth in foster care and the mentoring program through Adoption Network Cleveland that is working towards addressing this need.  Thank you to Channel 19 and Denise Dufala for highlighting this critical issue!  Click here to watch the PSA.

“I hoped to make a difference in a teen's life. But I also got a teen who makes a difference in my life!”
Michelle Burke Holland
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