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Get Real provides teens in foster care a dynamic opportunity in a safe and supportive environment to listen and share their experiences and hopes for the future with others. These groups provide a safe place for participants with no judgement and to be themselves.

Adoption Network Cleveland uses a peer support model in much of its programming and Family Ties is no exception. Learn about our parent leaders, the Parent Advisory Team, in this article.

Bill Beagle, guest blogger, former State Senator and co-sponsor of Ohio’s Adoptee Access to Records legislation reflects on the process as we approach the fourth anniversary of Ohio’s long awaited “Opening Day” March 20, 2015 when 400,000 adult adoptees could finally apply for and receive their original birth certificate.

How much do you understand about LGBTQ2S, SOGIE and proper pronouns? One of our partners, Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services, is looking for affirming families who want to foster or adopt LGBTQ2S children and youth. Learn more about the AFFIRM.ME. program and how you might become involved.

Guest blogger and adoptee Robin Zidek shares her story, a poignant reminder that adoption is a life-long journey and that “finding your people” is an important step to healing.

Nearly five years after finding his hobby, Marty Resnik uses his art to benefit local organizations. As an Adoption Network Cleveland member and donor, Marty continues to spread the word about the impact of our organization.

Linda Rogers attended Adoption Network Cleveland’s founding conference, and it altered the course of her life. 30 years later, she remains a strong supporter and member.

Adoption Network Cleveland recently spoke to staff at the Cuyahoga County Division of Children & Family Services, who provided insight to kinship family resources in Ohio and specifically in Cuyahoga County.

Lobby Day is an incredibly important part of our advocacy mission and Adoption Network Cleveland relies on motivated volunteer advocates to augment our voice to the state government.

The Weaving Cultures Transracial Family Group offers a setting where both children and adults can form relationships, find resources and spend time with other families who share similar experiences.

After being separated from her two younger brothers while they were in foster care sixty years ago, Karen decided to search for them with the help of Adoption Network Cleveland.

Adoption is complex, but Adoption Network Cleveland’s General Discussion Meetings are a safe place for all members of the adoption triad to gather for support, deeper understanding and hope. Elaine Hagan shares the impact that General Discussion Meetings continue to have on her life.

Every adoptee and birthparent is different. Consider working together at the outset to develop guiding principles for your adoption reunion.

Thom Nykamp, Vice President of Executive Compensation for Eaton, serves on our Board of Directors. Thom has been touched by the stories and wide expanse of programs Adoption Network Cleveland has to offer!

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

  • People Served

    508

  • Volunteer Hours

    522

  • Donors and Members

    437

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