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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.

For adoptive children and youth in a kinship family (care provided by relatives), mentoring reinforces their family stability as they discover their sense of self and their place in the world.

Sponsored by State Representatives Sarah LaTourette and Janine Boyd, and championed by Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection, Ohio House Bill 448 would safeguard sibling relationships for children and youth in foster care and adoption.

As Adoption Network Cleveland celebrates an important anniversary this year, I find myself recounting the snapshots of the last 30 years of my journey and of this life-changing organization.

Visitors to the Adoption Network Cleveland website will notice a brand-new look and layout. They'll also notice a new tagline, Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection, signifying the extension of the organization's services reaching beyond Northeast Ohio, and beyond adoption.

Because of the importance of adoption, we thought we would shine a spotlight on the worthy cause of taking personal responsibility for the welfare and enjoyment of another human being.

When you Google the definition of family it will tell you that it is “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.” Although this definition applies to some of the aspects of what a family is, I will argue that this isn’t an all-encompassing definition of what family means to all the people in our lives.

In June 2015, when I was 45 years old, I found out that I had two siblings I did not know about. My father called to say that a woman had contacted him claiming to be his biological child.

It's the time of year for charitable giving campaigns through employers around our community. See more details here for the best ways to give to Adoption Network Cleveland through one of these payroll deduction campaigns. As always, we appreciate your support!

Presented here are two more articles written by families in our Weaving Cultures Transracial Adoptive Family Group. He Adopted Us is written by Natalie and James: We are a racially blended family formed from the blessing of adoption. My husband is Caucasian, I am Indian American, and our adoptive son is Caucasian. At three, when Krishna first began to note his own physical differences from mine as his mother, i.e. hair and skin color, we started our first conversations about adoption. His first words on the topic were, “I adopted you.”

Race Does Matter is written by Lori McCarthy: In May of 2007, my husband and I sat our three sons down. They were nine, 13 and 15 years old. They had all been adopted as infants. They were all Caucasian. My husband and I are Caucasian. We asked the boys, “What have you always been asking for?” One boy said, “A puppy.” One boy said, “A PlayStation.” One boy said, “A sister.” We said, “Well, it looks like you will be getting a sister.” They were all so excited, and we went on to tell them, “Well, she may not look like us. She will be African American.” They were still very excited and one of the boys said, “We don’t care if she’s purple.”

Two families share their experiences of transracial parenting. Introduction by Kevin Hofmann, author, transracial adoptee.

Fifty years ago this August, my eventful life began. I was the product of an affair between my white mother and black father, and at the insistence of my mother's white husband I was immediately placed for adoption...

This Search and Reunion Story was first featured in our Summer Guidance Newsletter. "She Never Forgot About Me" tells the story of Anthony Boey being reunited with his birthsister. He calls his reunion "the best Christmas gift of all time."

This blog post tells the search and reunion story of adoptee and Adoption Network Cleveland member, Mike Holley. This story was first featured in our 2017 Spring Guidance newsletter.

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