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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.

Adoption Network Cleveland’s permanency navigation services are here to help prospective parents throughout their adoption journey. Learn more about how a family in Idaho felt empowered by utilizing this support.

Cleveland State University offers a unique scholarship opportunity for youth who are aging out of foster care or have experienced foster care. The Sullivan-Deckard and Helen Packer Scholarship Opportunity Programs are one-of-a-kind in the state of Ohio as they provide a “comprehensive system of support” for foster alumni to succeed.

As part of Adoption Network Cleveland’s public policy agenda, we’re focusing on advocating for and supporting the creation of a foster care ombudsman program in Ohio. This program would help ensure the well-being and safety of children and youth in foster care. Ombudsman offices operate as a neutral complaint resolver designed to investigate complaints and make recommendations in a non-adversarial setting. During his campaign, Governor Mike DeWine listed creating a foster care ombudsman office among his top child welfare priorities along with increasing funding in this area among other systemic changes.

Since 1993, Adoption Network Cleveland has welcomed birthmothers and their supporters for our annual Birthmother’s Day Ceremony on the day before Mother’s Day. This ceremony provides the opportunity to honor and recognize all women whose children were placed for adoption.

Ohio is the only state that has developed a specific training process for all practitioners who provide foster care and adoption services. Adoption Network Cleveland helps administer this training as a partner with the North Central Regional Training Center, contracted through the Institute for Human Services.

Brady Cohen, volunteer, chief digital officer at Dix and Eaton, a family man and an adoptee gives back to Adoption Network Cleveland.

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

  • People Served

    790

  • Helpline Inquiries

    370

  • Volunteer Hours

    1,665

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