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General Discussion Meetings

 

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 “Growing Up Adopted,” “Male Perspectives on Adoption,” “The Impact of Adoption on Key Relationships” and “Birthmothers’ Perspectives.”

General Meetings are held in seven locations throughout the state of Ohio as well as one virtual monthly meeting. View our flyer for details, dates and topics for each meeting. Please see our calendar of events for dates, special panel discussions, and topic-focused discussions.

Membership in Adoption Network Cleveland helps provide the support that makes General Support and Discussion Meetings possible, and while the meetings are free, we ask all who attend to become members.

For more information about General Discussion Meetings, contact Deborah Wentz at (216) 482-2327 or Deborah.Wentz@AdoptionNetwork.org.

General Discussion Meeting Locations

  • Cincinnati

    Third Saturday of each month, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
    Hyde Park Branch, Cincinnati Public Library, 2747 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208

  • Columbus

    Second Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    Columbus Metropolitan Library (Karl Rd. Branch), 5590 Karl Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    * The November meeting will be at the Gahanna Branch, 310 Granville St., Gahanna, Ohio 43230*

  • Heights

    Third Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118

  • Lake County (Mentor)

    Last Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    Mentor Baptist Church, 7500 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor, OH 44060

  • Miami Valley (Dayton)

    Location and dates for 2019 are currently TBD. Please contact Traci Onders at (216) 482-2323 or traci.onders@adoptionnetwork.org for updated information.

  • Rocky River

    First Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    West Shore Unitarian Church, 20401 Hilliard Drive, Rocky River, OH 44116

  • Summit County (Cuy. Falls)

    Second Wednesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    MedPoint Medical Center, 650 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

  • Virtual Webcam General Discussion Meeting

    Fourth Thursday of each month, 8:00-10:00 pm Eastern

Pre-registration is required for Virtual Webcam General Discussion Meetings. Please visit the calendar for upcoming dates and registration. Clicking on the “Virtual Webcam Meeting General Discussion Meeting” on the calendar will provide a prompt for registration.

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

  • People Served

    790

  • Helpline Inquiries

    370

  • Volunteer Hours

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