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Lyrical and informative, Cleveland native Karen Pickell, born and adopted in the late 1960s, intersperses snippets of her own experience with social history and contemporary politics to elucidate the lifelong perceptions, needs and rights of adopted people.

Dottie Klemm has contributed 30 years of service to Adoption Network Cleveland. Her efforts were recognized as the recipient of our 2018 Founder's Award, given in the spirit of volunteerism by which the organization was founded in 1988.

Children impacted by adoption, foster and kinship care may be triggered by family focused messaging during the holidays. Here are three tips for parents to combat the emotional triggers children may experience over winter break.

'Instant Family' delves into the dynamics involved in foster care and adoption on many levels and from multiple aspects, while also reminding us to keep our sense of humor.

As donors, we have many choices of who to support during the holiday season. When you make a gift to Adoption Network Cleveland, you become a part of our Network, changing the lives of individuals, children and families that are impacted by adoption and foster care.

Every adopteeā€™s choice to search, or not to search, for their birth family is equally valid and personal to their needs. Neither is right or wrong.

Heidi and Roy Shunk have relied on Adoption Network Cleveland Permanency Navigator Julius Jackson to move along a lengthy, but worthwhile, adoption process.

Online shopping is an easy way to support Adoption Network Cleveland. Sign up to give as you shop through AmazonSmile and iGive!

Annual Gift Card Drive benefits older youth who have experienced trauma, are in foster care or who have been in foster care.

Adoption Network Cleveland welcomes poem submissions for our Birthmother's Day Ceremony from birthmothers at all stages of the experience, and especially from those that are early in the journey.

As an adoptee searching for her birthparents in the 1990s, Kim Donato felt 'pulled' toward Adoption Network Cleveland by its grassroots culture. Since then, she's been closely involved as a member and has grown in ways she never imagined.

Adoption Network Cleveland advocates for increased supports for foster parents to improve retention of highly-engaged foster parents.

Transracial adoption as a phenomenon has a short, volatile history in North America. While the debate about the effects has been hotly contested, most people likely see the issue as a continuous aspect of adoption research.

Adoption Network Cleveland staff participated in training in September about Trust-Based Relational Intervention to enhance our programming and work with families.

Adoptee Becky Drinnen describes her desire for knowledge and connection to her biological roots as completing a puzzle. With the help of DNA, she finally put all those pieces in place.

Our Impact This Year (Oct. 2018-Sept. 2019)

  • People Served

    331

  • Volunteer Hours

    219

  • Donors and Members

    201

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