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General Discussion Meetings

When Adoption Network Cleveland was founded in 1988, the organization was built on bringing together adoptees, adoptive parents and birthparents – known as the “Adoption Triad” – to learn from one another’s perspectives on adoption. Since then the “Adoption Triad” has been expanded to become the “Adoption Constellation,” which also includes birth siblings, adoptive siblings and other extended family, kinship and foster parents, foster care youth and alumni, professionals and others interested in lifelong adoption issues. 

General Discussion Meetings, also known as General Meetings, provide a setting where all can get support and learn from others’ perspectives. General Meetings are open to anyone touched by or interested in better understanding adoption and continue to be a distinguishing feature of Adoption Network Cleveland. The meetings have an open discussion format and provide a safe place for people to share their feelings and experiences related to adoption. 

Throughout the year panels, as well as focused discussions, are held on various adoption-related topics, such as “Growing Up Adopted,” “Male Perspectives on Adoption,” “The Impact of Adoption on Key Relationships” and “Birthmothers’ Perspectives.”

General Meetings are held in seven locations throughout the state of Ohio as well as one virtual monthly meeting. View our flyer for details, dates and topics for each meeting. Please see our calendar of events for dates, special panel discussions, and topic-focused discussions.

Membership in Adoption Network Cleveland helps provide the support that makes General Support and Discussion Meetings possible, and while the meetings are free, we ask all who attend to become members.

For more information about General Discussion Meetings, contact Traci Onders at traci.onders@adoptionnetwork.org or (216) 482-2323.

General Discussion Meeting Locations

  • Cincinnati

    Third Saturday of each month, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
    Hyde Park Branch, Cincinnati Public Library, 2747 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208

  • Columbus

    Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    Columbus Metropolitan Library (Karl Rd. Branch), 5590 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    * The November meeting will be at the Gahanna Branch, 310 Granville St., Gahanna, Ohio 43230*

  • Heights

    Third Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

  • Lake County (Mentor)

    Last Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    Mentor Baptist Church, 7500 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor, OH 44060

  • Miami Valley (Dayton)

    Third Thursday of each month, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
    Wright Memorial Public Library, 1776 Far Hills Avenue, Oakwood, OH 45419

    For more information or questions about this meeting, contact Becky Drinnen at becky.drinnen@gmail.com.

  • Rocky River

    First Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    West Shore Unitarian Church, 20401 Hilliard Drive, Rocky River, OH 44116

  • Summit County (Cuy. Falls)

    Second Wednesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    MedPoint Medical Center, 650 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

  • Virtual Online Discussion Meeting

    Fourth Thursday of each month, 8:00-10:00 pm Eastern
    Pre-registration is required at the link below. You will then receive a link via email to join the group via Google Hangouts.

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

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    1318

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