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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.

It is important for those impacted by adoption to identify an adoption-competent therapist when looking for mental health support.

Youth aging or aged out of the foster care system face different challenges than their counterparts, so proper support systems are critical during their transition to adulthood. Bridges, run by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and Reconnections, run by Adoption Network Cleveland, are two programs that can provide support.

The emotional ESPN story of an NFL coach and an adoptee searching for his birthparents underscores the importance and continuing impact of Adoption Network Cleveland’s successful advocacy for adoptee access to birth records.

VISTAs are here to build capacity at Adoption Network Cleveland! Meet our new Grants and Donor Engagement VISTA, and Volunteers and Outreach VISTA.

The George Gund Foundation has been a consistent funding partner with Adoption Network Cleveland, supporting the organization’s advocacy work and programs since 1995.

After they adopted their son, parents Mary and Marty found the support and sense of community that they needed for their journey at Adoption Network Cleveland.

Individuals seek out volunteer experiences for several reasons. Here are three worth considering to make volunteering a part of your life.

For people connected to youth (or adults) who have experienced childhood trauma, reframing or looking at a situation from a different perspective can be critical.

Facing lifelong questions about where she came from, adoptee Kara Carter turned to DNA to aid a complicated search as she eventually connected with her birth family.

Using DNA to find an individual’s birth family has drastically impacted our Search Assistance program at Adoption Network Cleveland, and changed searches for birth relatives worldwide.

Professionals working alongside traumatized victims listen to heavy narratives frequently, which can sometimes cause a phenomenon called vicarious trauma. There are a few simple and effects steps to both prevent and soften the effects of vicarious trauma.

Most people know that mentoring a young person can have profound, lifelong outcomes on a young person's life. Mentoring also impacts mentors in ways you may not think.

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.

Our Impact This Year (Oct. 2017-Sept. 2018)

  • People Served

    1318

  • Volunteer Hours

    1,860

  • Donors and Members

    713

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