Adoption Network Cleveland provides one-on-one peer support for both birthmothers and birthfathers. Individuals are matched with a peer who has similar experiences and can provide a compassionate ear. Birthparents are also welcome and highly encouraged to attend monthly General Discussion Meetings where they will have an opportunity to share their journey and gain the perspective of others in the adoption constellation.
Birthparents in need of peer support should contact Deborah Wentz, Program Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 482-2327.
Birthparents who are interested in searching for their adult child are encouraged to contact Traci Onders, Search Specialist, Adult Adoptees & Birthparents, at email@example.com or (216) 482-2323. Find out more about our Search Assistance and reunion support.
Birthmother's Day Ceremony
Additionally, Adoption Network Cleveland has, each year since 1993, hosted a Birthmother's Day Ceremony annually on the day before Mother’s Day. The ceremony honors and recognizes all women whose children were placed for adoption. Birthmothers lead the ceremony and share poetry, music, and other readings. Other members of the adoption constellation also participate. The event is open to the public. Many family and friends of birthmothers as well as adoptive families attend. Following the ceremony, there is a reception and social hour.
The 2021 Birthmother Day Ceremony is currently scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021.
For more information, contact Deborah Wentz directly at (216) 482-2327 or Deborah.Wentz@AdoptionNetwork.org.