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12200 Fairhill Road, Floor A3
Fairhill Partners Collaborative Campus
Cleveland, OH 44120

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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.

Fraudulent Assisted Reproduction

While currently fertility fraud is not a crime, it is a profound ethical and moral issue and an unconscionable abuse of trust between doctors and patients. States including Indiana, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, and Colorado have recently passed legislation to address this gap in the law, and there are laws pending in additional states including Michigan and Iowa.

As direct-to-consumer DNA testing becomes more and more popular, more people will discover that they and their parents or siblings have been affected by fertility fraud. With the advent of 23 and Me and other similar companies, this phenomenon has only recently come to light, so corrective legislative action is both timely and appropriate.

House Bill 64 was introduced in early 2021 to address this issue. The bill passed the House Criminal Justice Committee unanimously in April 2022 and its provisions have now been added to Substitute Senate Bill 288, a criminal law reform bill. A hearing and testimony are scheduled for Tuesday, November 29th.

Adoption Network Cleveland is taking a central role in organizing advocates in Ohio on this issue including working with the U.S. Donor Conceived Council. Although fertility fraud may seem unrelated to adoption, in reality, adoptees share many of the same issues as victims of fertility fraud and donor-conceived individuals. Those overlapping policy considerations converge where issues of genetic identity, medical history, and openness are central.

 

 


Special Seasonal Programming

Seasonal Events 2022
Various Dates, and Times
Presentations (virtual) and Family Events (in-person)

December gifts us with several incredible Monday Evening Speakers, a Thursday evening Tough Talk which you might not want to miss, as well as some seasonal special topics and events. Connect to Our Calendar to join with others virtually and in-person.

 


Together we build community and help create a brighter future.


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.”

On the Blog

It's time for fall workplace giving campaigns. Many workplaces run charitable giving campaigns through organizations such as United Way or Greater Cleveland Community Shares or simply through their Human Resources department. You can designate Adoption Network Cleveland as your charity of choice for a one-time gift or payroll deduction to support our programs and services all year long.

The facilitators of our Birth Mother Support Group, Lindsey and Nikki, shared a bit about what brought them to Adoption Network Cleveland and why they chose to be volunteer facilitators. Our Birth Mother Support Group provides a safe and supportive environment to help with the complexities that are often part of the adoption experience. The meetings are open to birth mothers connected by the lifelong journey of adoption and are an opportunity for birth mothers to encourage one another in their healing process through discussion and interaction.