Adoption Network Cleveland is preparing for our 2021 Lobby Day and we need your help! Volunteers are needed to prepare materials, make appointments with legislators and to participate in Lobby Day.
Olivia Yamamoto fit in perfectly with our team at Adoption Network Cleveland, despite the many challenges of the last year. She completed her VISTA year remotely as our Grants & Donor Engagement VISTA with flying colors, using her articulate writing skills and inventive ideas to expand our grant awards during the pandemic. Everyone on staff appreciates the hard work and dedication she brought to her service, and we can't wait to see what Olivia will accomplish next as she moves forward with college and tackles the world! Hear what Olivia has to say about her year with Adoption Network Cleveland.
Estes Turner’s adoption journey has led to not only a reunion with his birth mother and other family members, but also a commitment to Adoption Network and helping others in their own journey.
Ann grew up knowing that she was adopted but did not pursue searching for her family of origin while her adoptive father was alive. At 63 she accessed her original birth certificate from the State of Ohio and moved forward with her search. What she found was a loving family of siblings and nieces and nephews who were grateful she had finally found them.
Anita Miller’s family formed through transracial adoption found support and connection through Adoption Network Cleveland.
When long-time Adoption Network Cleveland advocate Karen uncovered a family secret, she found a personal need for the organization’s services. Through General Discussion Meetings and one-on-one support, she was able to navigate the complexities of uncovering her genetic identity and reconciling it with who she always believed herself to be.
Jeanne Hood, a birth mother and member of the Birth Mother's Day Ceremony Planning Committee, shares the importance of the yearly commemoration and hopes for the future.
Selimah Nemoy shares an excerpt from her book, "Since I Lost My Baby: A Memoir of Temptations, Trouble, and Truth." Selimah is a storyteller, journalist, and author. Born in Los Angeles, her coming-of-age journey was shaped by soul music in the 1960s, then by the turbulent, multicultural 1970s in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. She served with the (President Bill Clinton) White House Press Corps in 1994, and as the English editor for both an Italian-American and a Japanese-American newspaper. Her play, THE DADDIES, was performed at the Buriel Clay Theatre in San Francisco’s Western Addition, and her short story, GOODBYE, received first place at the Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference. Selimah has been in reunion with her daughter since 1991.
Sandy Rogers shares with us an excerpt from her book, "Sacrifice for Love." She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and her peers know her in the holistic, spiritual, and metaphysical business arena as the Referral Queen. She provides consulting and promotes businesses, events, and products. Sandy is a birth mother who surrendered her only child to adoption in 1964. She is an advocate for adoption reform and, in 1985, helped create new law in Kentucky that allowed adult adoptees to petition the courts for their original birth certificates. In 2020, she testified in the Arizona Legislature for similar law changes.
Direct-to-consumer DNA kits have exposed another issue kept silent in the past by deception – fertility fraud. Our organization is supporting legislation that would make fertility fraud a criminal offense in Ohio.
Kim Rednour will be interning with our Development & Communications department during the spring semester. We are excited to have Kim join us for a short while to work on our Creating Futures campaign and communication efforts.
2020 Creating Futures Raffle winner is planning for the future, and can't wait to use her trip for two to Ireland!
Adoption Network Cleveland believes that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent family and that no person should be excluded from adopting or fostering a child solely because of race, color, creed, age, marital status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. If affirmed, the Fulton v. City of Philadelphia case currently in front of the Supreme Court would allow private agencies receiving federal funding to opt-out of nondiscrimination laws, enabling them to exclude same-sex couples from adopting, among others.
Emergency Fund Helps Adoptive, Kinship, and Foster Families Maintain Stability Despite Challenging Times
Traci Onders, Search Specialist - Adult Adoptees & Birthparents at Adoption Network Cleveland, was interviewed in January 2021 by Severance Magazine about our new DNA Discovery Group. Traci shared information about the group and why it was important for Adoption Network to introduce this new group as a part of our General Discussion Meetings.