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Adoption is complex, but Adoption Network Cleveland’s General Discussion Meetings are a safe place for all members of the adoption triad to gather for support, deeper understanding and hope. Elaine Hagan shares the impact that General Discussion Meetings continue to have on her life.

Every adoptee and birthparent is different. Consider working together at the outset to develop guiding principles for your adoption reunion.

Thom Nykamp, Vice President of Executive Compensation for Eaton, serves on our Board of Directors. Thom has been touched by the stories and wide expanse of programs Adoption Network Cleveland has to offer!

Adoption Network Cleveland’s program Reconnections helps alumni of foster care navigate the complexities of reconnecting with birth family. Advocate and foster alum Lisa Dickson of Foster ACTION Ohio weighs in on the importance of this support.

Adam and Amanda Deal epitomized hope and resilience during their journey to becoming adoptive parents and continue to promote family and love despite overwhelming health challenges. Adoption Network Cleveland celebrated Adam and Amanda through special recognition at the Annual Meeting 2018.

The Triad Advocate of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the adoption community as demonstrated by a specific accomplishment, project, program or milestone. Adoption Network Cleveland was pleased to honor three individuals this year for their contributions to the community including Dr. Elaine Schulte, Ms. Lori Scobee and Dr. Elizabeth Swenson.

The Triad Advocate of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the adoption community as demonstrated by a specific accomplishment, project, program or milestone. Adoption Network Cleveland was pleased to honor three individuals this year for their contributions to the community including Dr. Elaine Schulte, Ms. Lori Scobee and Dr. Elizabeth Swenson.

The Triad Advocate of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the adoption community as demonstrated by a specific accomplishment, project, program or milestone. Adoption Network Cleveland was pleased to honor three individuals this year for their contributions to the community including Dr. Elaine Schulte, Ms. Lori Scobee and Dr. Elizabeth Swenson.

Adoption Network Cleveland was pleased to welcome five new members as well as two renewing members to the Board of Directors for the next term. 

An important part of our work at Adoption Network Cleveland is to develop and impact state law relating to adoption and child welfare issues, and 2018 was no exception. The Ohio legislature convenes in two year cycles, and we were involved in several bills during the 132nd General Assembly for 2017-2018. Here is an overview of bills and outcomes, as well as a little about what is to come in our advocacy work.

Four members of the Adoption Network Cleveland Board of Directors retired at the end of their terms and were honored for their service to the organization at the 2018 Annual Meeting in November.

For 30 years Adoption Network Cleveland has put our values into action. Every day we work to pursue our mission through Inclusiveness, Collaboration, Courage and Trust.

January is National Mentoring Month, and one of our EMBRACE Mentoring Program mentors, Dan Leschnik, shares why being a mentor is so important to him.

Ayanna Abi-Kyles and Robert “Gib” Gibbons both serve as Family Support Coordinators, and Julius Jackson serves as a Permanency Navigator and Training Coordinator. Adoption Network Cleveland is incredibly thankful for their combined 30+ years of invaluable service.

Beyond parents, this book is also an important resource for adoption professionals, teachers, mental health providers, medical providers, advocates, and anyone whose life has been touched by, or has a relationship with, an adopted person.

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

  • People Served

    442

  • Volunteer Hours

    268

  • Donors and Members

    433

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