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It's time for fall workplace giving campaigns. Many workplaces run charitable giving campaigns through organizations such as United Way or Greater Cleveland Community Shares or simply through their Human Resources department. You can designate Adoption Network Cleveland as your charity of choice for a one-time gift or payroll deduction to support our programs and services all year long.

The facilitators of our Birth Mother Support Group, Lindsey and Nikki, shared a bit about what brought them to Adoption Network Cleveland and why they chose to be volunteer facilitators. Our Birth Mother Support Group provides a safe and supportive environment to help with the complexities that are often part of the adoption experience. The meetings are open to birth mothers connected by the lifelong journey of adoption and are an opportunity for birth mothers to encourage one another in their healing process through discussion and interaction.

Barbara and Dan were our original virtual General Discussion Meeting facilitators. They began hosting an online meeting for Adoption Network Cleveland long before Zoom became a household name and the pandemic shut down forced service organizations to rethink how they might continue to serve their populations. Because of Barbara and Dan's experience and guidance, Adoption Network Cleveland General Discussion Meetings were able to make the transition to a virtual format smoothly. We are grateful to have them both as volunteer facilitators! In this blog, they both share a little about why they chose to become volunteer facilitators.

A nagging doubt led Sara to confirm through DNA testing whether or not the man who raised her was her biological father. When she confirmed that he was not, it led her life on a journey she didn't expect.

We are grateful to Becky and Oliver for their willingness to use their facilitator experience to expand the support offerings at Adoption Network Cleveland. With the wide use of at-home DNA testing, the need for a support group for individuals who have experienced a DNA surprise, both adoption and non-adoption related, became apparent in recent years. Becky and Oliver stepped up to offer their expertise and start a new group. Based on our General Discussion Meeting model, the focus of the DNA Discovery Support Group is the emotional journey and not the technical aspects. Both Becky and Oliver have facilitated General Discussion Meetings before agreeing to be the facilitators for this new group which takes place on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:00 pm ET. Becky and Oliver were kind enough to share with us why they are part of Adoption Network Cleveland.

Adoption Network Cleveland welcomes Westfield Bank as a new Corporate Partner. Learn more about Westfield Bank and their role in our community as a community bank.

Adoption Network Cleveland is incredibly lucky to have an energetic core of volunteers who add greatly to the capacity of the organization and our ability to provide services. Our General Discussion Meeting and Support Group Facilitators are an especially committed group of volunteers – they give of their own time, energy, and spirit to provide support for others through facilitating our meetings each month. In this blog, Kim, facilitator of our 2nd Wednesday General Discussion meeting was gracious to answer some questions for us about why she chooses to be a volunteer facilitator.

Adoption Network Cleveland is incredibly lucky to have an energetic core of volunteers who add greatly to the capacity of the organization and our ability to provide services. Our General Discussion Meeting and Support Group Facilitators are an especially committed group of volunteers – they give of their own time, energy, and spirit to provide support for others through facilitating our meetings each month. This week, Marni, facilitator of our 2nd Tuesday General Discussion meeting was gracious to answer some questions for us about why she chooses to be a volunteer facilitator.

Adoption Network Cleveland is incredibly lucky to have an energetic core of volunteers who add greatly to the capacity of the organization and our ability to provide services. Our General Discussion Meeting and Support Group Facilitators are an especially committed group of volunteers – they give of their own time, energy, and spirit to provide support for others through facilitating our meetings each month. Linda Bellini was gracious to answer some questions for us for this blog about why she chooses to be a volunteer facilitator.

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.