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A new mediation program for foster child placement will allow for more effective permanency planning for youth, while maintaining as many positive permanent connections for the child as possible.

Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the organization, and make us who we are. Many of our volunteers, like Maureen Heffernan, have been with us for a decade or more. Learn about her in this Q&A.

Have you received that dreaded call from the principal’s office at your child’s school before? Many children who are in adoptive, kinship and foster families face challenges in school. Here are six online educational resources that will help you support your child’s success in school.

When Jennifer Zisk-Vitron came to Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection, in 2014 as the Youth Services Program Coordinator, she immediately saw the impact her work had on others.

Our community events are a time for the organization to re-engage, educate and share with the individuals and families we serve. They use the time to reconnect and share their struggles as well as accomplishments with each other. This is where we collectively develop our sense of community: people with shared experiences coming together to support one another.

Do yourself a favor and read as little as possible about 'Three Identical Strangers' before seeing the film. But make sure you see it if you have the opportunity. Like any well-told documentary, the film raises more questions than it answers.

Transitioning into foster or adoptive care is an immense, overwhelming experience. Keeping siblings together during these transitional times is imperative to temper trauma, but currently is not the legal precedent in Ohio. That's why Adoption Network Cleveland is pushing to change this through Ohio House Bill 448, writes Betsie Norris.

Young adults aging out of foster care can now turn to Reconnections, a new service from Adoption Network Cleveland, for help and support reconnecting with select members of their birth families.

The “zero-tolerance” policy that separated children from their parents attempting to immigrate to the U.S. along the Southern border lacks humanity and may cause lifelong trauma, writes author and adoptee Barbara Robertson.

Recognizing that the needs of birthmothers have shifted, volunteer leaders of Adoption Network Cleveland's Birthmother Support Group announced that they will conclude the bi-monthly group meetings.

Searching for your origins can be a daunting task, as Patti Solomon realized in 2001. With no idea where or how to start the search, she contacted Adoption Network Cleveland, and has been a supporter and donor ever since.

When Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection launched a new website in April, it unveiled a new model that grouped its programs into four hubs based on the children and families the organization serves, to more clearly identify the groups that benefit from the organization's services.

Do you need legal representation if adopting from a private agency? Is there any legal recourse if a family feels they were misled about their options? What legal options are available to families if they feel a school district is not considering/planning for a child's special needs? We answer those questions and others in this FAQ.

Birthmother Charlotte Wells used to fear that her son would “reject her for giving him up and not having the courage to keep him.” After decades of wondering, he found her and made the phone call a year ago that lifted Wells' spirits and brought her relief — and reunited them.

Paige Strickland's book 'After the Truth' discusses not just reunion and relationships with her birth family, it also highlights the way those interactions impact others in many areas of an adopted person's life.

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