We are re-sharing our popular blog post on the use of direct-to-consumer DNA testing as this is a timely topic. What are the pros and cons? What should you consider? How will you interpret the results? DNA testing has proven to be an effective tool in adoption searches and we are here to help!
Grey Hilliard-Koshinsky (they, them, theirs), former foster youth, adopted person, and child welfare professional, shares with us five things adoptive, kinship, foster care, and other caregivers need to know about creating an affirming home for youth.
Adoption Network Cleveland is grateful to have Ockerman Consulting as one of our Corporate Partners. We would also like to thank Aaron Ockerman and Ockerman Consulting for their continuous support and work as our Public Policy consultant. Together we are creating lasting, significant change for adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, and all those we serve by providing them a voice in legislation that impacts their lives and families.
On Wednesday, May 18, Adoption Network Cleveland held its Annual Lobby Day at the Ohio Statehouse. Seven teams of volunteers met with 45 legislators to discuss three priority topics that are part of Adoption Network Cleveland’s Public Policy Agenda this year. Learn more about Lobby Day and the issues on the blog.
May is National Foster Care Month, an opportunity to recognize the incredible strengths and attributes of those who have endured and survived early childhood adversity. We can help current and former foster youth by eliminating stereotypes and elevating the voices of those with lived experience. Individuals may heal from their trauma or remain stuck depending on whether they have individuals around them who either build them up or tear them down.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month - but keeping families strong and resilient takes a village every single day. Regardless of one’s socioeconomic or educational level, parenting can be rewarding and yet very stressful. As threats of financial and health insecurity continue to rise from the prolonged pandemic, and fear of overwhelming instability throughout the world fills the news, families have significant levels of stress which increases the risk for abuse and neglect to surface. Together we can provide families the support they need to stay together, and ensure children get help if they are in an unsafe situation.
Thank you to Cohen & Co. for their continued support of Adoption Network Cleveland. We are pleased to have them as a Collaborator-level sponsor this year! Learn more about Cohen & Co. and their contributions to the Cleveland financial community on the blog.
Lindsey Thrasher just celebrated her one-year anniversary with Adoption Network Cleveland. She serves Ohio kinship and adoptive families as an OhioKAN Adoption and Kinship Navigator at the Adoption Network Cleveland. OhioKAN is a statewide program that is contracted with Adoption Network Cleveland to come alongside kinship and adoptive families to meet their unique needs. In her role as a Navigator, she helps foster permanency by connecting families with resources available locally and statewide.
While we have highlighted our new staff members over the last couple of months, we want to recognize our incredible tenured staff who have helped provide consistency and continuity throughout the years. This month we would like to offer our heartfelt appreciation for Julius Jackson.
When it comes to numbers, Abby Del Rio loves working with them, and that is just one of the reasons she is a perfect fit for our Director of Finance. We are pleased to welcome Abby to the team!
A new year brings a fresh new perspective as we welcome Ty Cliffel as our Director of Programs. In her role at Adoption Network Cleveland, Ty will bring her experience working with children and families, as well as adoptees and birth parents, in various settings including private practice, schools, support groups, residential treatment, and group homes, to help create, plan, develop, coordinate, and evaluate our programs and services.
Adoption Network Cleveland needs volunteers for our 2022 Lobby Day, which will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
Meet Kelsey Reilly, Adoption Network Cleveland's new Development Coordinator!
Meet our new Donor Engagement Specialist, C.J. Washington!
We are so pleased to have CFNA join our Corporate Partners program this year, supporting programs that help children and families stay strong and resilient.