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Our Stories

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.

On February 8th, we will virtually welcome New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Glaser to discuss her new book American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption recently released on January 26, 2021. Adoption Network Cleveland was able to obtain an advanced copy of American Baby and we can confirm this well-researched non-fiction read will reel you into all the complexities of adoption history. Glaser shines a light on all perspectives of the adoption constellation, seamlessly telling in-depth stories while intertwining harmful agency practices and historical context.

The Nachman’s celebrated their son Emmet’s adoption finalization with a drive-by celebration full of colorful signs, best wishes, and donations to Adoption Network Cleveland.

Our Monday Evening Speaker Series has resumed as of January 4 with a new line-up of thought-provoking content over the next few months. But what if you missed the original offerings? Past presentations, including those from April-June 2020, are available on our YouTube channel. 

NRP Group’s new paid leave policy includes extended paid leave for adoptive parents, joining other companies across the US that are Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. Adoption Network Cleveland applauds this policy change which supports permanency for children and strong families.

Since our founding, public policy and advocacy efforts on issues connected to adoption and child welfare have been core to Adoption Network Cleveland’s mission. Today, this work is continued with the assistance of our Public Policy Committee and ensures your voice is heard. 

Maureen Heffernan has been connected to Adoption Network Cleveland since the beginning, and over the years has been a dedicated volunteer. She brings her wealth of knowledge and passion into her efforts, and currently facilitates the Adoption 101 workshop for prospective parents, and is active on the Program Committee.

Our joint conference, Journeys of Discovery: Navigating the Intersections of Adoption, in partnership with Adoption Knowledge Affiliates was a success! Here's a brief recap of our jammed-pack, two-day event.

One of Adoption Network Cleveland’s veteran employees recently received a 2020 Angels in Adoption award. We can’t think of a more deserving individual who is devoted to helping families provide a loving family and permanency for children in need.

Blogger Mindy Stern shared an article this month that hit home for many of us. She proposes that much of what the wider world knows about adoption is wrong. The primary adoption vernacular of “Better,” “Chosen,” and “Grateful” is an idealized version of adoption that not only is inaccurate but also harmful for the adoptees that adoption is trying to “save.” Adoption is so much more complex and filled with loss, with grief, with unknowing, love, joy, and pain. The author suggests that we all acknowledge what it is: if you are adopted, your life isn’t automatically better. It’s different.

Adoption Network Cleveland welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA member Olivia Yamamoto! Olivia will be with our organization for the next year, providing expanded capacity in grant research and writing as well as support for our donor engagement strategies.