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We recognize adoption as a complex, lifelong, and intergenerational journey with ongoing impact for all those whose lives are touched by it.

Adoption Network Cleveland is a leader in bringing the adoption community together to create a support and advocacy network.  Our Monday Evening Speaker Series returns in September! Please join us for our next installment of this free virtual series.

Monday, September 20, 2021, featuring Mark Hagland

Mark Hagland, author of Extraordinary Journey: The Lifelong Path of the Transracial Adoptee, will share his perspectives on the ongoing discourse around transracial adoption in the transracial adoption world, from the standpoint of an adult transracial and international adoptee. He wrote Extraordinary Journey in order to help all the stakeholders around transracial adoption to sort through many of the key issues facing transracial adoptees, their parents and families, and everyone else. He continues to share his perspectives online and in person, out of a sense of mission around education, especially around race and racism.

About Mark Hagland
Mark Hagland was born in South Korea in 1960 and raised by American parents of Norwegian and German descent. He has been active in forums around transracial adoption both in person and online, for over two decades. He has contributed to team-written anthologies by adult transracial adoptees, including Parenting As Adoptees, Outsiders Within, and The Unknown Culture Club. Earlier this year, he self-published Extraordinary Journey: The Lifelong Path of the Transracial Adoptee. In his professional life, he is a health care journalist. He lives in Chicago.

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Our Mission

Adoption Network Cleveland connects and empowers individuals, organizations, and communities impacted by adoption and foster care, providing a source of healing for those in need since 1988.

See how Adoption Network Cleveland changes lives.

  • -Phillip T.
    -Phillip T.

    “Connecting with her birth family, exploring and engaging with other adoptees in the community, and the relationship my wife has with Adoption Network personally have given her more than I can even express and gave us the foundation to continue onward with our own little family.”

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As an adoptee or a birth family member, you legally have access to the non-identifying information file at the adoption agency that facilitated the adoption or Probate Court. What is non-identifying information and how can adoptees and birth family access these records? Through working with birth family members and adoptees in Ohio who are trying to find answers regarding their genetic identity, family, and/or medical history, Adoption Network Cleveland has identified some areas where we believe an effort to raise awareness about current law will be helpful for those impacted as well as for the professionals who serve them.

Adoption Network Cleveland is preparing for our 2021 Lobby Day and we need your help! Volunteers are needed to prepare materials, make appointments with legislators and to participate in Lobby Day.