Education & Community Outreach
Adoption Network Cleveland: The Ohio Family Connection views adoption/foster care professionals and our community as critical partners in the work we do, supporting those connected to foster care and adoption throughout their journey.
Through our Education & Community Outreach activities, our organization creates a community for professional training, development, and collaboration for those who work with the adoption, foster care, and kinship; as well as educational opportunities for members of the adoption constellation and the community at large.
Adoption Network Cleveland provides a robust list of resources from our organization and the community, that can be helpful for professionals, constellation members, and other individuals in the community as well as works collaboratively to offer specific services. These services include:
A partnership with the Institute for Human Services to coordinate training sessions for child welfare professionals to become licensed adoption assessors through the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program.
Our College Scholars Program is for undergraduate college students looking for exposure in social work or the adoption/foster care field.
This free series of presentations contained a full range of topics of interest to a broad audience impacted by adoption, kinship, and foster care. These presentations are now available to watch online.
Meetings for adults (open to anyone) to discuss and learn about adoption and foster care issues and hear various perspectives. Meetings are generally held monthly and are in multiple locations throughout Ohio as well as virtually using Google Meet.
A list of Adoption Network and community-based resources adoption professionals and the community
Phone and email support, available Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
For additional questions about how we can support you and your organization, please contact one of our Education & Community Outreach staff members:
Julius Jackson, Training & Volunteer Coordinator (Adoption Assessor Training)
Jennifer Zisk-Vitron, Director of Programs (College Scholars Program)
Betsie Norris, Executive Director (Monday Evening Speaker Series)