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Adoption Network Cleveland Board of Directors elected new board officers for 2019 during our Annual Meeting, held on November 29, 2018, and welcomed five new board members and two renewing board members.

Daniel Gisser, a member of Adoption Network Cleveland’s board of directors, was nominated to be one of 180 honorees for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption program.

Adoption Network Cleveland will celebrate its 30th anniversary at its 2018 Creating Futures Benefit and Silent Auction on April 20.

Robert Gibbons, Family Support Coordinator for Adoption Network Cleveland, speaks about the launch of the EMBRACE mentoring program, which serves youth in adoptive and kinship families.

Adoption Network Cleveland Executive Director Betsie Norris and adoptee Marni Hall talk about how a state adoption law has allowed adoptees to find out about their family history, health and geneology.

Linda Bellini, now a volunteer with Adoption Network Cleveland, retired from the nonprofit three years ago after working there for 13 1/2 years as a program coordinator for adult adoptees and birthparents. She will receive the Adoption Triad Advocate Award at the organization's Annual Meeting.

Adoption Network Cleveland Executive Director Betsie Norris writes in this op-ed to GRAND Magazine about her profound and emotional yearlong journey for her birthparents in her 20s, and how that led her to found Adoption Network Cleveland in 1988, in part, to overcome a misplaced societal shame on adoptees, birthparents and adoptive parents in unfounded myths.

Adoption Network Cleveland Executive Director Betsie Norris and Director of Programs Jennifer Zisk-Vitron spoke with The Word Cleveland (AM 1220) host Glenn Mertz about the work of Adoption Network Cleveland, and how it has grown in the 30 years since it was founded.

For local adoptive parents Lori and Bob McCarthy, who are members of Adoption Network Cleveland, the NBC hit show "This Is Us" offers insight, centered around one of its characters, into transracial adoption. The McCarthys take part in Adoption Network Cleveland's Weaving Cultures program for families who have formed through transracial adoption.

The emotional journey of adoptees begins as children but can continue through life. An upcoming retreat hosted by the Adoption Network Cleveland focuses on adult adoptees.

WCPN invited Adoption Network Cleveland's Traci Onders (Program Coordinator for Adult Adoptees and Birthparents) and Lisa Buescher (adoptee and Board Chair) to talk about the emotional journey of adult adoptees as they navigate choices that may include seeking out birth families.

In Cuyahoga County, more than 500 children are available for adoption, this week alone. One local family has opened their home to six adopted children.

Local author Barbara Raymond and Adoption Network Cleveland Executive Director Betsie Norris spoke with We The People, which airs on WKYC, about the book “The Baby Thief” that is currently getting major attention. This book brings awareness to a major historical event while also brining attention to the adoption world.

Three Northeast Ohio mothers share the stories of their difficult journeys to give up their babies for adoption — sometimes with the choice made for them — the reunion with their children, and support from Adoption Network Cleveland.

Adoption Network Cleveland, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, put out a call for help. The organization needs about $214,000 to fund the programs affected by the expiration of government contracts over six months.

In 2015, Ohio changed its law to give adopted children access to their birth certificates. For Julie Mooney, the result was like unlocking the door to her past.

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