Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection condemns the acts of violence against our loved ones, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and community members who are people of color, and we condemn the rampant racism that continues to permeate our society.
The foundation of our work is built on inclusivity by supporting all people impacted by adoption and foster care. We are fully committed to celebrating both the things we share that bring us together, and the differences that make us unique. We acknowledge and accept these differences while choosing to draw strength from that which unites us.
Adoption and foster care touch people of all cultures, backgrounds, and walks of life. We honor this fact by embracing all people; respecting the diversity of those we serve and reflecting this diversity in our board and staff; and responding to the needs of our communities appropriately through our policies and programs.
Our work has led us to an understanding of the impact of trauma. We commit to being part of the healing that needs to happen through our work in advocacy, education, and support. We commit to advocating to change systemic racism.
We acknowledge that our Black community is disproportionately impacted by the child welfare and foster care system in our country due to racial inequities that include systemic poverty, racial bias, and discrimination. We continue to work with and support community partners to address the deep-rooted issues that tear families apart. Our own advocacy work will continue to address these inequities and work to keep families together or reconcile families whenever possible.
We stand in solidarity with members of our Black community against systemic racism in our city and our nation and will continue to be self-reflective of what we say and do, raise our voices, and work to end inequality and racism. You are seen and you are heard.
Know that you are celebrated, valued, and respected at Adoption Network Cleveland.
Adoption Network Cleveland Board of Directors and Staff
We encourage anyone in Ohio touched by adoption, foster care, or kinship care, who wants to learn more, to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our helpline at (216) 325-1000.