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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.

Meet Kayla Vonderau! She will spend the next year with Adoption Network Cleveland as our Communications & Outreach VISTA as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Kayla's work will include building organizational capacity for program and volunteer outreach through virtual, in-person, and communication strategies.

Meet Susan Saltzman, one of Adoption Network Cleveland’s original members, who remains committed to the organization and our mission through active volunteering.

Summer is a great time to delve into a good film, and our staff have a few top picks for films that have strong adoption themes.

Do you want to leave a lasting impact on the Adoption Network Cleveland community? Not sure how to leave your mark? You have options! Planned giving is not limited to just people of great wealth, and can be done in a variety of ways. Join our Legacy Circle by making a gift that is meaningful to you and help plan for Adoption Network Cleveland's future.

A search for an adoptee or a birth family member is not only a technical process but an emotional journey as well. There are many ways to prepare, including discussion groups, reading, and developing a support system. Our organization has compiled decades of experience guiding adoptees and birth family members in one of the most vulnerable parts of this journey – reaching out and making contact.

Using DNA to find an individual’s birth family has drastically impacted our Search Assistance program at Adoption Network Cleveland and changed searches for birth relatives worldwide.

Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection condemns the acts of violence against our loved ones, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and  community members who are people of color,  and  we condemn  the rampant racism that  continues to  permeate  our  society.

For birthmothers everywhere this coming Mother's Day weekend, a poem honoring their strength and sacrifice.

During a lunch break, Dana Ozak walked past the former site of the DePaul Maternity and Infant Home from which her adoptive parents took her home after her birth and found no trace of the building or any evidence of the multitudes of lives impacted. This spurred a partnership with Adoption Network Cleveland to apply for an Ohio Historical Marker for the site of the DePaul and Florence Crittenton Homes.

Jamie Tuss, an adoptee and long-time Adoption Network member, reflects on the presentation provided by April Dinwoodie during a recent Monday Evening Speaker Series. April spoke about the dynamics of family culture and the statement she made during the presentation, "You must know who you are," rang especially true for Jamie.

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.