Our Family Ties Parent & Youth Group meets monthly and provides opportunities for families to meet, share their experiences and learn from each other and featured presenters. Parent group, youth group, and activities for children ages 2 through 10 run concurrently. Dinner will be served. Please bring a side dish to share. Childcare is provided free of charge.
When: Second Thursday of the month, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Adoption Network Cleveland, 4614 Prospect Avenue East, Suite 550, Cleveland, OH 44103
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 the 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.
Contact Ayanna Abi-Kyles for more information at (216) 482-2331 or Ayanna.firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for a flyer of the 2018 parent topics and click here for a flyer of 2018 youth topics, or view them below.
Parent Café: Families in Many Forms (For parents)
We will view clips from the NBC drama "This Is Us" a show about family, including the struggle of Randall as he searches for love and fulfillment from both his biological and adoptive families. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles, Family Support Coordinator, and Members of the Parent Advisory Team.
Circle Talk: New Year (For youth)
Youth will have an open forum/discussion to talk about New Year’s goals and opportunities for changing behaviors. Youth will participate in a hands-on activity during the group.
Parent Café: Family Relationships (For parents)
Form supporting relative care providers to dealing with “extended family” support, or lack of, these relationships can be complex. Let’s “get real” and talk about it. We are eager to serve all types of families; foster, kinship and adoptive. Please join us. Facilitated by Members of the Parent Advisory Team
We Are Family (For youth)
Youth will discuss their family dynamics and identify differences and similarities among others in the group. The youth will discuss their role in their family and identify elements of their family that they appreciate and share with the group.
Nature & Nurture: What We Can Learn from Gardening? (For parents)
We’ll all get our hands dirty as we unveil a family initiative to use gardening to teach our children about nature & nurture. Lessons about the wonder of life, caring for life, and nurturing life can be learned as this project unfolds into the fall of 2018. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles, Family Support Coordinator
Talk that Talk: Communication (For youth)
Youth will understand effective communication techniques and how good communication can affect feelings and relationships with family and friends while identifying bridges and barriers to positive communication and practicing good communication skills.
Are You Ready for Summer? (For parents)
A night of sharing resources and support for our families as you plan for a wonderful, engaging summer with your family. We encourage everyone to bring information on public supports and ideas that you have to make this coming summer the best ever! Information regarding summer camps and therapeutic options to be provided. Facilitated by Members of the Parent Advisory Team
Circle Talk: History (For youth)
Youth will have an open forum/discussion to talk about their adoption history as it relates to the present. Youth will participate in a hands on activity during the group.
Reaffirming your Role as a Parent while Meeting the Needs of Your Children (For parents)
How effective are the supports available and what should parents do to help their children have better outcomes at home, in school, in the community and in life? Let’s clarify and affirm your role to meet your child’s needs. A panel of community support providers will join us. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles, Family Support Coordinator
The Switch Up (For youth)
Youth will explore the changes in their lives and how the different areas interconnect. Youth will understand the difference between expected and unexpected change and how their choices and reactions to change impacts their lives.
Friends and Family School Wrap-Up (For parents)
Join us as we recognize and appreciate the accomplishments of the school year. Families are encouraged to invite extended family members and friends who have been a support to this potluck and gathering off-site. (Location TBD) All will have a chance to share their family’s experiences from the school year. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles, Family Support Coordinator, and Members of the Parent Advisory Team,
Friends and Family School Wrap-Up (For youth)
Youth will share their accomplishments and experiences of the school year. Families are encouraged to invite extended family members and friends who have been a support to this potluck and gathering off-site.
Parent Café: Teach Every Child about Food (For parents)
The group will watch a TED Talk and engage in discussion. Our kids develop healthy habits early in life that will bring lifelong benefits. As parents, we can encourage our children by our own examples. In this café, we will evaluate their food choices and physical activity patterns. We will also discuss creative ways to make our monthly potlucks to be creative, healthy and delicious. Facilitated by Members of the Parent Advisory Team
Circle Talk: Self Esteem (For youth)
Youth will have an open forum/discussion to talk about the importance of developing high self-esteem, and resiliency. Youth will be able to identify positive attributes and skills they possess individually and how they can contribute this to their families and society.
Parent Café: Let’s Talk about Education in the 21st Century (For parents)
We’ve all had a personal experience with “school.” School options have changed, what children learn has changed, maybe even how children learn has changed. How do we support our children to have better educational outcomes? Let’s talk about your role and experience in supporting your children’s education. Parents do make the difference. Facilitated by Robert Gibbons, Family Support Coordinator
It Wasn’t Me!: Responsibility (For youth)
Youth will gain insight into the importance of being personally responsible for their own behaviors and actions. Youth will learn how changing ones behaviors can change the outcomes for some situations. Youth will be able to identify times when they did not take responsibility and how they can change these behaviors in the future.
Planting Seeds of Hope through Stories (For parents)
Story telling is a tool to help kids of all ages tell their stories, to encourage self-awareness, process experiences and find healing on their life journey. On this evening, we encourage parents to bring stories that they have read to their children. We will also provide books for families to take home to read. Facilitated by Ayanna Abi-Kyles, Family Support Coordinator, and Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
In Your Feelings: Coping Skills (For youth)
Youth will learn the importance of self-care to their overall wellbeing. They will learn to identify effective coping skills they can use to manage difficult feelings surrounding adoption, school, etc.
Parent Café: A Snapshot of Support in Your Life (For parents)
Who do we depend on for encouragement in our lives? We will identify these individuals, share our awareness of them, our need for support and challenges as parents. Facilitated by Members of the Parent Advisory Team
Circle Talk: Relationships (For youth)
Youth will have an open forum/discussion to talk about different types of relationships in their lives and how they utilize them all for support. Youth will discuss positive influences as well as how they develop healthy relationships. Youth will participate in a hands on activity during the group.
Family Thanksgiving Potluck and National Adoption Awareness Month (For all)
Join us as we celebrate your families with our annual Thanksgiving Potluck.
December (Date TBD)
Annual Adoption Network Cleveland Holiday Party
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season.