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Adoptee Renée DeLuca shares with us her journey to become reunited with her birthfather, Jack.

March 20, 2020, marks the 5th Anniversary of the implementation of the Ohio Access to Records Law. Adoption Network Cleveland will be holding the Journeys of Discovery Conference in March, in part to celebrate and acknowledge this tremendous milestone. More than 14,000 adult adoptees have accessed their original birth certificates so far in the last five years, removing the shroud of secrecy around adoption and reuniting family members. To kick off 2020, we are sharing this blog from the archives from nine adoptees who shared what the new Ohio Adoptee Law meant to them just days before "Opening Day."

From the newsletter archives, we share a story of one of our adoptive families. Natalie and James are a transracial couple who adopted their son Krishna from the public child welfare system. Natalie shares her perspective on their journey as a family, including being a naturalized citizen from India adopting a caucasian child, extended family acceptance and dealing with public misconceptions.

Kristina, an adoptee and member of Adoption Network Cleveland, shares her thoughts on National Adoption Awareness Month, and why it is important to hear about adoption from the adoptee perspective.

Our Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes outstanding volunteer service, the spirit by which this organization was founded 31 years ago, and which is still critical today.

This award provides Adoption Network Cleveland with an opportunity to honor and thank volunteers that support the organization in meaningful ways. Adoption Network Cleveland has so many deserving volunteers it is always hard to narrow it down to one each year. However, as we reflected on the past year, one volunteer clearly stood out.

Adoption Network Cleveland welcomes six new board members and one renewing board member to the 2020 Board of Directors!

Seven Adoption Network Cleveland Board of Directors completed their terms of service and retired from the board, including Denise Barone, Lisa Buescher, Mimi Data, Julia Dean, Tom Dent, JaNice Marshall, and Ellen Stephens. All seven were honored for their service at the 2019 Annual Meeting in November.

The Triad Advocate of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the adoption community as demonstrated by a specific accomplishment, project, program or milestone. Adoption Network Cleveland was pleased to honor three individuals this year for their contributions to the field including Representative Janine Boyd; Amber Donovan, Executive Director of Community of Hope; and Christie Manning, Senior Program Officer of Saint Luke's Foundation.

Ginger and Bev, a birthmother and an adult adoptee, share their unique perspectives on their reunion story in hopes of inspiring others in the Adoption Network Cleveland community.

Workplace giving can take many forms. One successful strategy is to not only get your employees involved, but your customers too!

Adoptive mom of six Lori McCarthy provides a review of Ohio therapist Arleta James' new book, "The Science of Parenting Adopted Children," highlighting the wealth of resources outlined in the book.

Even though librarian Mitz Horrigan is not a member of the adoption triad, she has found a connection to Adoption Network through volunteering. Over the last year, Mitz has lead the reorganization of our member lending library. She shares why working in our library was exactly the type of volunteer opportunity she was looking for.

Dr. Wilson dives into our nation's current political environment and the impact racialized discrimination has on international adoptees, especially children. She cautions parents against avoiding the political and historical rhetoric, and instead encourages parents to treat tough topics like racialized discrimination as an opportunity to know themselves and their child more deeply.

Nick Weaver has spent a year at Adoption Network Cleveland as the Volunteer and Outreach VISTA. Now that his year is almost up, Nick takes some time to reflect on his year of service.

Sharon Kaplan Roszia and Allison Davis Maxon have co-authored Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction, which was recently released by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in July 2019. This article was republished with permission from Adoptalk, a publication of the North American Council on Adoptable Children at

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