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Even in the face of uncertainty, Adoption Network Cleveland is here for our community and members. We recognize that these are uncertain times, but we can get through this challenge together. Our organization is providing many of our programs virtually during social distancing, and our staff is just a phone call or email away to provide support for you and your family.

Our Executive Director, Betsie Norris, shares a special message for our members and constituents during this difficult time, outlining program changes and Adoption Network Cleveland's commitment to our community.

Murray and Susan Van Epp have been long time supporters of Adoption Network Cleveland. Murray’s participation in Leadership Cleveland (Class of 2009) opened his eyes to the concept of civic responsibility and philanthropy and prompted him to develop a goal for planned giving. Their generosity comes from a deep commitment to giving back to organizations that have made a lasting impact on their lives. At the end of 2019, they made a planned gift of significant proportions which will propel Adoption Network forward as we move strategically into our future.

Nereida, a foster and adoptive parent, participates in the Family Ties Program. She and her family enjoy the opportunity to meet other families who have similar life experiences and to build a support network.

Traci Onders, Adoption Network Cleveland's Search Specialist, provides suggestions on how to contact DNA relative matches once your results come in, and how to craft messages that are more likely to receive a response.

Volunteers are needed to make Adoption Network Cleveland Lobby Day 2020 a success! We need individuals to prepare for the event, as well as meet with Ohio legislators in Columbus on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

It took Deb Wentz 20 years and being hired by Adoption Network Cleveland to attend a General Discussion Meeting. Now she wishes she had the support throughout her adoption journey and encourages other members of the adoption constellation to attend to find "others (who speak) the same language: the adoption language.”

Adoptee Renée DeLuca shares with us her journey to become reunited with her birthfather, Jack.

March 20, 2020, marks the 5th Anniversary of the implementation of the Ohio Access to Records Law. Adoption Network Cleveland will be holding the Journeys of Discovery Conference in March, in part to celebrate and acknowledge this tremendous milestone. More than 14,000 adult adoptees have accessed their original birth certificates so far in the last five years, removing the shroud of secrecy around adoption and reuniting family members. To kick off 2020, we are sharing this blog from the archives from nine adoptees who shared what the new Ohio Adoptee Law meant to them just days before "Opening Day."

From the newsletter archives, we share a story of one of our adoptive families. Natalie and James are a transracial couple who adopted their son Krishna from the public child welfare system. Natalie shares her perspective on their journey as a family, including being a naturalized citizen from India adopting a caucasian child, extended family acceptance and dealing with public misconceptions.

Kristina, an adoptee and member of Adoption Network Cleveland, shares her thoughts on National Adoption Awareness Month, and why it is important to hear about adoption from the adoptee perspective.

Our Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes outstanding volunteer service, the spirit by which this organization was founded 31 years ago, and which is still critical today.

This award provides Adoption Network Cleveland with an opportunity to honor and thank volunteers that support the organization in meaningful ways. Adoption Network Cleveland has so many deserving volunteers it is always hard to narrow it down to one each year. However, as we reflected on the past year, one volunteer clearly stood out.

Adoption Network Cleveland welcomes six new board members and one renewing board member to the 2020 Board of Directors!

Seven Adoption Network Cleveland Board of Directors completed their terms of service and retired from the board, including Denise Barone, Lisa Buescher, Mimi Data, Julia Dean, Tom Dent, JaNice Marshall, and Ellen Stephens. All seven were honored for their service at the 2019 Annual Meeting in November.

The Triad Advocate of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the adoption community as demonstrated by a specific accomplishment, project, program or milestone. Adoption Network Cleveland was pleased to honor three individuals this year for their contributions to the field including Representative Janine Boyd; Amber Donovan, Executive Director of Community of Hope; and Christie Manning, Senior Program Officer of Saint Luke's Foundation.

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