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Advocacy & Public Policy


A unified voice is a strong voice

Since its inception Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection has been deeply involved in advocacy and public policy work. One of our founding principles is to create social change and serve as a collective voice for many who feel otherwise silenced. The organization acts to effectuate changes in public policy governing adoption and child welfare. This public policy includes laws, agency regulations and societal attitudes.

By amplifying the perspectives of those touched by adoption, we use grassroots and other lobbying efforts to ensure the voices of people touched by adoption are heard.

From championing access to original birth certificates for all adult adoptees to addressing barriers to the adoption of older youth waiting in foster care, we work to educate elected officials. Over the years Adoption Network Cleveland has participated in and led many collaborative efforts with legislative work groups, task forces, coalitions and partnerships geared toward creating ethical and more transparent adoption practices.

On a more individual level, Adoption Network Cleveland also works with hundreds of adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents and foster youth each year to educate them about their rights and empower them to advocate for themselves.

Position Statements — A compilation of public policy positions as approved by the Adoption Network Cleveland Board of Directors, on topics from access to adoptee records, to open adoption, to rehoming, to sibling placement and more.

Current Legislative Initiatives — The legislative priorities Adoption Network Cleveland will focus on during the 2019-2020 Ohio Statehouse General Assembly.

Past Legislative Initiatives — Previous legislative priorities dating back to 2011.

Historical Archive — An overview of the groundbreaking process that led to opening adult adoptee records that were sealed from 1964 forward. This section also includes films of the rallies and the day the Open Record law went into effect, March 20, 2015.

Interested in joining the grassroots effort to support child welfare advocacy but unsure how to even start? View a brief presentation on Lobbying 101.

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