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Adoptive mom of six Lori McCarthy provides a review of Ohio therapist Arleta James' new book, "The Science of Parenting Adopted Children," highlighting the wealth of resources outlined in the book.

Even though librarian Mitz Horrigan is not a member of the adoption triad, she has found a connection to Adoption Network through volunteering. Over the last year, Mitz has lead the reorganization of our member lending library. She shares why working in our library was exactly the type of volunteer opportunity she was looking for.

Dr. Wilson dives into our nation's current political environment and the impact racialized discrimination has on international adoptees, especially children. She cautions parents against avoiding the political and historical rhetoric, and instead encourages parents to treat tough topics like racialized discrimination as an opportunity to know themselves and their child more deeply.

Nick Weaver has spent a year at Adoption Network Cleveland as the Volunteer and Outreach VISTA. Now that his year is almost up, Nick takes some time to reflect on his year of service.

Sharon Kaplan Roszia and Allison Davis Maxon have co-authored Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction, which was recently released by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in July 2019. This article was republished with permission from Adoptalk, a publication of the North American Council on Adoptable Children at nacac.org.

John Bonfiglio has remained an active Adoption Network Cleveland donor and member for many years because he truly “believes in the organization and what’s being done.” John clearly remembers the moments he felt he was able to make a difference, like working on our Adopt Cuyahoga’s Kids initiative and being a part of the original campaign to start an endowment fund.

Authors Dan Chaon, Paula McLain, Barbara Raymond, Loung Ung and Abby Vandiver, along with moderator D.M. Pulley, thrilled a full house at the Music Box Supper Club on June 12th as they discussed books, life and the impact of adoption, kinship and foster care in their lives and on their writing. In what turned out to be an incredibly intimate evening with these six talented writers, the audience was treated to a truly unique experience.

Dave and his biological brother, both adopted when they were young, finally met after 30 years apart. While it answered some questions for them both, it was just the start of their journey together to fill in the missing parts of their story.

Margaret Currie, has spent the last year at Adoption Network Cleveland as an AmeriCorps VISTA in our Development Department. She has been a valuable resource for our development efforts, assisting us in expanding our capacity to identify new grant funders and build our donor base. Here about Margaret’s experience at Adoption Network and how she plans to use what she has learned moving forward.

The Adoption Network Scholar's Program provides a unique experience for undergraduate students to expand their personal and professional skill set by learning more about the lifelong journey of adoption. Christine Sourek, a social work major at Cleveland State University, shares her experience an Adoption Network Scholar.

The following search story was written in 2005 and recently shared with Adoption Network Cleveland by Mary Higgins, a birthmother, who writes, “Somehow, the end of my search was just the beginning for me…people kept telling me that it would provide closure, but for me it was an opening. An opening of my heart to the story that began more than 30 years ago. Finally, I am free to share this story with all of my friends and family and now to you out there who may relate in some way.”

Direct to consumer DNA testing is dramatically changing the way people are searching for adoptees and birth family; and may be making adoption reunion registries obsolete. We take a look at the risks and costs associated with adoption reunion registries in an effort to help a searcher make an informed decision about the available options.

2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Children’s Bureau publishing of Minimum Standards of Child Welfare, which was an important step in revolutionizing the way Americans viewed child welfare.

Our Impact This Year (Oct. 2018-Sept. 2019)

  • People Served

    915

  • Helpline Inquiries

    463

  • Volunteer Hours

    2,115

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