For adoptive, kinship and foster families
Adoption Network Cleveland's Family Ties Parent and Youth Group provides adoptive, kinship and foster families with children ages 2-18 the opportunity to meet, share their experiences, and learn from each other and featured presenters.
The Parent Group (Parent Cafés), Youth Group (ages 11-18), and children's activities (ages 2-10) all run concurrently. A potluck meal is served, and participating families are asked to bring a side dish to share. Childcare is provided free of charge.
When: Second Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Adoption Network Cleveland, 4614 Prospect Ave., Suite 550, Cleveland, 44103
About Parent Cafés
Parent Cafés are structured, small-group conversations that bring parents together to discuss issues that are important to them. These are essential tools used to engage parents directly in building protective factors and enhancing resiliency for families. In our commitment to provide support to families, we also recognize that men in our families need support, too! Fathers and men in other support roles — such as uncles, grandfathers, significant others, and mentors — are invited to join us.
In addition to monthly meetings, regular social activities are also planned to help families connect with one another. For dates and times, visit our calendar.
For more information
Download a copy of our flyer with program dates and topics:
2019 Meetings and Topics
Parent Café: Identifying Strengths and Setting Goals
Youth Circle Talk: Keys to the New Year
Parent Café: Social Media and Your Child
Youth Topic: Keep It Together: Healthy Relationships & Boundaries
February 10, 2019
Parent Café: Social Media and Your Child: Wondering how you’re your kids are using social media? Join us as we discuss some tips and tools you can use to help minimize negative experiences and maximize the positive opportunities that social media has to offer. The group will also discuss the opportunity to create a private Facebook group to use for discussion and information. Bring your smartphones, iPad or tablets so that we can practice together and strengthen our social connections.
Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles Family Support Coordinator, and a member of the Parent Advisory Team.
Youth Topic: Keep It Together: Healthy Relationships & Boundaries: Youth will gain an understanding of how to create meaningful close emotional connections to others while learning effective communication in healthy relationships. Youth will discuss how relationships differ between friends, family and others in their lives.
Parent Topic: Transforming Compassion Fatigue into Satisfaction
Youth Topic: Pushing Buttons (Conflict Resolution)
March 14, 2019
Parent Topic: Transforming Compassion Fatigue into Satisfaction: Compassion fatigue ‘affects those who do their work well’. Parents will discuss how this applies to their family life while understanding the importance of taking care of themselves so they can continue to take care of others. The group will share useful self-care tips for foster, adoptive and kinship parents. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles, Family Support Coordinator.
Youth Topic: Pushing Buttons (Conflict Resolution): Youth will identify triggers to feelings of anger. Develop an understanding of the cycle of conflict. Identity various effective conflict resolution/mediation tools to negotiate conflict in a constructive manner.
Parent Café: Six Types of Bullying That Every Parent Should Know About and What They Can Do
Youth Circle Talk: Self-Care
April 11, 2019
Parent Café: Six Types of Bullying That Every Parent Should Know About and What They Can Do: There is much more to bullying than meets the eye. Some believe that bullying only consists of physical bullying and name-calling, but when it comes to bullying there are actually several types. We will discuss the six most common types of bullying, how you as a parent can play a key role in preventing bullying as well as how to respond to bullying and how you can help your children keep themselves safe. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles Family Support Coordinator, and a member of the Parent Advisory Team.
Youth Circle Talk: Self-Care: Youth will have an open forum/ discussion to talk about everyday strategies they use for self care. Youth will be provided a space to practice some self care techniques during the group. Youth will participate in a hands on activity during the group.
Parent Topic: Family Health and Wellness
Youth Topic: True Story
May 9, 2019
Parent Topic: Family Health and Wellness: Finding and receiving concrete support to meet your family’s needs ensures that your family receives the basic necessities they need in order to grow. Join us as a panel of community support providers share their services and answer your questions. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles, Family Support Coordinator.
Youth Topic: True Story: Youth will discuss the meaning of honesty as it relate to their adoption story as well as their family relationships. Youth will discuss how this impacts their relationships and ways that they can promote honesty between themselves and others.
Parent and Youth: Friends and Family Cookout at Settler's Bluff Picnic Area
June 13, 2019
Parent and Youth: The concrete support of friends and loved ones provide an invaluable resource and builds positive relationships and networks for our families. Please join us and bring those who support you to our Friends and Family Meet and Greet Cookout at Settler’s Bluff Picnic Area in the Ohio & Erie Canal Way Metro Park.
Parent Café: Recognizing the Success and Personal Growth of Our Children
Youth Circle Talk: Rules and Boundaries:
July 11, 2019
Parent Café: Recognizing the Success and Personal Growth of Our Children
Pausing to recognize the strengths of our children and the amazing journey of their lives can build strong and secure attachments. Join us we celebrate your child(ren) as you highlight their accomplishments this year. Prizes and gifts available to all who participate. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles, Family Support Coordinator.
Youth Circle Talk: Rules and Boundaries: Youth will have an open forum/ discussion to talk about the importance of rules and boundaries to a functioning society and home. Youth will discuss how to communicate rules and boundaries for themselves. Youth will participate in a hands on activity during the group.
Parent Topic: Preparing for a Successful School Year
Youth Topic: Pick One (Decision Making)
August 8, 2019
Parent Topic: Preparing for a Successful School Year: What can we do to send our children off to a successful school year? We’ll discuss last year’s challenges, how to advocate for your child(ren), and some strategies to put in place as this school year starts. Join us and share your experiences and our Educational Liaison will offer suggestions and plan for continued support through the coming school year. Facilitated by: Robert Gibbons, Family Support Coordinator & Educational Liaison.
Youth Topic: Pick One (Decision Making): Youth will learn how to make more positive choices through thoughtful decision making strategies. They will learn to identify emotions being actions and brainstorm various solutions to problems. Youth will learn how to reflect on past experiences and relate them to current decision making processes.
Parent Topic: Understanding the Journey of Adoption
Youth Topic: What's Going On? (Social Awareness)
September 12, 2018
Parent Topic: Understanding the Journey of Adoption: Three adults who experienced adoption or kinship care as children will discuss their journeys through the developmental stages of their lives. They will share the “lived” realities of their life reflecting on their journey. Come be inspired and reflect on your child(ren)’s journey. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles, Family Support Coordinator.
Youth Topic: What's Going On? (Social Awareness): Youth will develop an awareness of empathy skills and how they relate to continuing positive relationships with others. Youth will practice perspective taking, and develop a respect for the unique experiences of others. These skills can be applied to those in the home as well as in the community to strengthen healthy interactions with others.
Parent Café: What is Your Personality and Parenting Style?
Youth Circle Talk: Self-Awareness
October 10, 2019
Parent Café: What is Your Personality and Parenting Style? Do our personality traits impact our interactions and relationships with our children? Join us for a discussion about personality and parenting and how we can use the Color Code personality assessment to explore this idea. Facilitated by Chava Witt, Assistant Director of CSU Student Activities & Involvement.
Youth Circle Talk: Self-Awareness: Youth will explore their own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. Youth will discuss self-perception versus how others perceive them and how they can reconcile these differences. Youth will identify their own strengths and limitations and practice activities that promote self-esteem.
Parent Topic: Celebrating Families!
Youth Topic: Celebrating Families!
November 14, 2019
Parent Topic: Celebrating Families! We recognize November as National Adoption Awareness Month, a month set aside to raise awareness about the adoption of children. Join us as we celebrate your families with our annual Thanksgiving Potluck.
Youth Topic: Celebrating Families! We recognize November as National Adoption Awareness Month, a month set aside to raise awareness about the adoption of children. Youth will explore national adoption awareness month.
December (Date TBD)
Annual Adoption Network Cleveland Holiday Party
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season.