General Discussion Meeting Locations
***Please Note - due to the current pandemic our General Discussion Meetings are going virtual until further notice. Please check the calendar for up-to-date information and instructions on how to access. Anyone can attend a virtual meeting, regardless of where you live! These meetings are FREE. Please join us and connect with other adult adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents and others impacted by adoption.***
Pre-registration is required for Virtual General Discussion Meetings. Please visit the calendar for upcoming dates and registration. Clicking on the “Virtual General Discussion Meeting” on the calendar will provide a prompt for registration.
When Adoption Network Cleveland was founded in 1988, the organization was built on bringing together adoptees, adoptive parents and birthparents – known as the “Adoption Triad” – to learn from one another’s perspectives on adoption. Since then the “Adoption Triad” has been expanded to become the “Adoption Constellation,” which also includes birth siblings, adoptive siblings and other extended family, kinship and foster parents, foster care youth and alumni, professionals and others interested in lifelong adoption issues.
General Discussion Meetings, also known as General Meetings, provide a setting where all can get support and learn from others’ perspectives. General Meetings are open to anyone touched by or interested in better understanding adoption and continue to be a distinguishing feature of Adoption Network Cleveland. The meetings have an open discussion format and provide a safe place for people to share their feelings and experiences related to adoption.
Throughout the year, panels as well as focused discussions are held on various adoption-related topics, such as “Grief and Loss in Adoption,” “Belonging to Two Families: How Adoptees Find a Balance,” “The Impact of DNA Surprises,” and “Birthmothers’ Perspectives.”