When long-time Adoption Network Cleveland advocate Karen uncovered a family secret, she found a personal need for the organization’s services. Through General Discussion Meetings and one-on-one support, she was able to navigate the complexities of uncovering her genetic identity and reconciling it with who she always believed herself to be.
Jeanne Hood, a birth mother and member of the Birth Mother's Day Ceremony Planning Committee, shares the importance of the yearly commemoration and hopes for the future.
Selimah Nemoy shares an excerpt from her book, "Since I Lost My Baby: A Memoir of Temptations, Trouble, and Truth." Selimah is a storyteller, journalist, and author. Born in Los Angeles, her coming-of-age journey was shaped by soul music in the 1960s, then by the turbulent, multicultural 1970s in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. She served with the (President Bill Clinton) White House Press Corps in 1994, and as the English editor for both an Italian-American and a Japanese-American newspaper. Her play, THE DADDIES, was performed at the Buriel Clay Theatre in San Francisco’s Western Addition, and her short story, GOODBYE, received first place at the Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference. Selimah has been in reunion with her daughter since 1991.
Sandy Rogers shares with us an excerpt from her book, "Sacrifice for Love." She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and her peers know her in the holistic, spiritual, and metaphysical business arena as the Referral Queen. She provides consulting and promotes businesses, events, and products. Sandy is a birth mother who surrendered her only child to adoption in 1964. She is an advocate for adoption reform and, in 1985, helped create new law in Kentucky that allowed adult adoptees to petition the courts for their original birth certificates. In 2020, she testified in the Arizona Legislature for similar law changes.
Direct-to-consumer DNA kits have exposed another issue kept silent in the past by deception – fertility fraud. Our organization is supporting legislation that would make fertility fraud a criminal offense in Ohio.
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.