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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. 

Maureen Heffernan has been connected to Adoption Network Cleveland since the beginning, and over the years has been a dedicated volunteer. She brings her wealth of knowledge and passion into her efforts, and currently facilitates the Adoption 101 workshop for prospective parents, and is active on the Program Committee.

Our joint conference, Journeys of Discovery: Navigating the Intersections of Adoption, in partnership with Adoption Knowledge Affiliates was a success! Here's a brief recap of our jammed-pack, two-day event.

One of Adoption Network Cleveland’s veteran employees recently received a 2020 Angels in Adoption award. We can’t think of a more deserving individual who is devoted to helping families provide a loving family and permanency for children in need.

Blogger Mindy Stern shared an article this month that hit home for many of us. She proposes that much of what the wider world knows about adoption is wrong. The primary adoption vernacular of “Better,” “Chosen,” and “Grateful” is an idealized version of adoption that not only is inaccurate but also harmful for the adoptees that adoption is trying to “save.” Adoption is so much more complex and filled with loss, with grief, with unknowing, love, joy, and pain. The author suggests that we all acknowledge what it is: if you are adopted, your life isn’t automatically better. It’s different.

Adoption Network Cleveland welcomes AmeriCorps VISTA member Olivia Yamamoto! Olivia will be with our organization for the next year, providing expanded capacity in grant research and writing as well as support for our donor engagement strategies.

Meet Kayla Vonderau! She will spend the next year with Adoption Network Cleveland as our Communications & Outreach VISTA as part of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Kayla's work will include building organizational capacity for program and volunteer outreach through virtual, in-person, and communication strategies.

Meet Susan Saltzman, one of Adoption Network Cleveland’s original members, who remains committed to the organization and our mission through active volunteering.

Summer is a great time to delve into a good film, and our staff have a few top picks for films that have strong adoption themes.

Do you want to leave a lasting impact on the Adoption Network Cleveland community? Not sure how to leave your mark? You have options! Planned giving is not limited to just people of great wealth, and can be done in a variety of ways. Join our Legacy Circle by making a gift that is meaningful to you and help plan for Adoption Network Cleveland's future.

A search for an adoptee or a birth family member is not only a technical process but an emotional journey as well. There are many ways to prepare, including discussion groups, reading, and developing a support system. Our organization has compiled decades of experience guiding adoptees and birth family members in one of the most vulnerable parts of this journey – reaching out and making contact.

Using DNA to find an individual’s birth family has drastically impacted our Search Assistance program at Adoption Network Cleveland and changed searches for birth relatives worldwide.

Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection condemns the acts of violence against our loved ones, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and  community members who are people of color,  and  we condemn  the rampant racism that  continues to  permeate  our  society.

For birthmothers everywhere this coming Mother's Day weekend, a poem honoring their strength and sacrifice.