For adoptive, kinship and foster families
Adoption Network Cleveland's Family Ties Parent and Youth Group provides adoptive, kinship and foster families with children ages 2-18 the opportunity to meet, share their experiences, and learn from each other and featured presenters.
The Parent Group (Parent Cafés), Youth Group (ages 11-18), and children's activities (ages 2-10) all run concurrently. A potluck meal is served, and participating families are asked to bring a side dish to share. Childcare is provided free of charge.
When: Second Thursday of each month, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Adoption Network Cleveland, 4614 Prospect Ave., Suite 550, Cleveland, 44103
About Parent Cafés
Parent Cafés are structured, small-group conversations that bring parents together to discuss issues that are important to them. These are essential tools used to engage parents directly in building protective factors and enhancing resiliency for families. In our commitment to provide support to families, we also recognize that men in our families need support, too! Fathers and men in other support roles — such as uncles, grandfathers, significant others, and mentors — are invited to join us.
In addition to monthly meetings, regular social activities are also planned to help families connect with one another. For dates and times, visit our calendar.
For more information
Download a copy of our flyer with program dates and topics.
2020 Meetings and Topics
Parent Café: Identifying Strengths and Setting Goals
Youth Circle Talk: New Year, Who 'Dis (Identity)
Parent Group Topic: Resources for Families
Youth Topic: Let’s Get Real (Problem Solving and Communication)
February 13, 2020
Parent Group Topic: Resources for Families-Andrea Ginter, CCDCFS Post Adoption/Subsidy Supervisor will share information about PASSS (Post Adoption Special Services Subsidy). What’s available, what qualifies and how to apply. Parents will also share the resources they’ve found helpful to support their family’s needs.
Youth Group (ages 11-18) Topic: Let’s Get Real (Problem Solving and Communication)-Youth will be able to share different ways that they can communicate, and problem solve. Youth will focus on learning new skills to problem solve and communicate through group activities and games.
Parent Group Topic: Who’s Angry?
Youth GroupTopic: But First, Let me Take a Selfie (Boosting Self-Esteem)
Parent Group Topic: Who’s Angry?-Triggers are real and emotions can lead to anger. Parents will identify and discuss their own triggers and how they relate to their child(ren)’s behaviors, and how they can change their responses to have healthier and more meaningful interactions.
Youth Group (ages 11-18) Topic: But First, Let me Take a Selfie (Boosting Self-Esteem)-Youth will engage in learning different ways they can boost their self-esteem by practicing self-recognition. Youth will engage in activities using positive affirmations and strengths, things that make you feel good, and a yummy treat.
Parent Group Topic: Why Taking Time to Care for Ourselves is Important
Youth Group Topic: You’re in the Driver’s Seat (Self Control)
April 9, 2020
Parent Group Topic: Why Taking Time to Care for Ourselves is Important-Self-care is essential to effective parenting and sustaining family stability. Parents will identify and discuss ways that they can find joy, hope, and healing in their life as they care for themselves and others.
Youth Group (ages 11-18) Topic: You’re in the Driver’s Seat (Self Control)-Youth will engage in interactive activities and role-plays where they learn various skills to appropriately manage thoughts, feelings, and impulses. The youth will practice mindfulness and create a ‘calm down jar’ to take home and use to help serve as a visual reminder to regulate emotions.
Parent Group Topic: Food As Medicine: Does What You Eat Influence Your Health?
Youth Group Topic: Gut Feeling (Feelings)
Parent Group Topic: Food As Medicine: Does What You Eat Influence Your Health?-Join us as Dr. Seema Patel, from the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine talks about the benefits of eating wholesome foods and the role nutrition plays in keeping our children and family healthy.
Youth Group (ages 11-18) Topic: Gut Feeling-Youth will discuss what it is like to have different feelings, what can trigger negative feelings or create positive feelings, and how to accept negative thoughts. Youth will create a ‘feelings box’.
Parent and Youth: Friends and Family Cookout at Settler's Bluff Picnic Area
June 11, 2020
Parent and Youth Group Topic: Friends and Family Cookout -The concrete support of friends and loved ones provides an invaluable resource and builds positive relationships and networks for our families. Please join us and bring those who support you to our Friends and Family Meet and Greet Cookout at Settler’s Bluff Picnic Area in the Ohio & Erie Canal Way Metro Park.
Parent Group Topic: Building Your Support Network
Youth Group Topic: Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? (Responsibility)
July 9, 2020
Parent Group Topic: Building Your Support Network -What do you need? How do you find it? Parents will identify their strengths and social connections to determine how to build a network of support outside of the group. We will take a look at how social media and Facebook can be utilized as a part of this supportive network.
Youth Group (ages 11-18) Topic: Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? (Responsibility)-Youth will learn about the importance of taking responsibility for their actions. Youth will learn how their behaviors have benefits or consequences. Youth will be able to identify moments where they should have taken responsibility but didn’t and how moving forward, they can do something different.
Parent Group Topic: Preparing for a Successful School Year
Youth Group Topic: You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup, Take Care of Yourself First. (Self-Care)
August 13, 2020
Parent Group Topic: Preparing for a Successful School Year -What can we do to send our children off to a successful school year? We’ll discuss last year’s challenges, how to advocate for your child(ren), and some strategies to put in place as this school year starts. Join us and share your experiences. Our Educational Liaison will offer suggestions and a plan for continued support through the coming school year.
Youth Group (ages 11-18) Topic: You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup, Take Care of Yourself First. (Self-Care)- Youth will learn the importance of self-care to their overall well-being. They will learn techniques that will help them when feeling stressed. Youth will participate in making a stress ball.
Parent Group Topic: (Parent Café) What is Your Child’s Love Language?
Youth Group Topic: Appreciating Differences
September 10, 2020
Parent Group Topic: (Parent Café) What is Your Child’s Love Language?-Join us as we discuss the book, The 5 Love Languages and how these concepts can build stronger emotional connections and be a fun, mutually rewarding activity for you and your child(ren). Didn’t read the book? No problem! Join us and we’ll provide you with a copy and bring you up to speed.
Youth Group (ages 11-18) Appreciating Differences-Youth will be able to talk openly about their differences to help foster a positive sense of self and develop an awareness and sensitivity to others who identify differently than them.
Parent Group Topic: Adult Adoptee Panel & Discussion
Youth Group Topic: The Mystery Within (Managing Fears)
October 8, 2019
Parent Group Topic: Adult Adoptee Panel & Discussion-Three adults who experienced adoption or kinship care as children will discuss their journeys through the developmental stages of their lives. They will share the ‘lived’ realities of their life reflecting on their journey. Come be inspired and reflect on your child(ren)’s journey.
Youth Group (ages 11-18) The Mystery Within (Managing Fears)-Fear is a normal part of growing up and can be difficult to talk about. Youth will be encouraged to talk about their fears and discuss positive ways to manage them while identifying healthy choices and coping skills.
Parent Topic: Celebrating Families!
Youth Topic: Gobble the Gratitude!
November 12, 2020
Parent Group Topic: Celebrating Families! We recognize November as National Adoption Awareness Month, a month set aside to raise awareness about the lifelong journey of adoption for all involved. Join us as we celebrate your families with our annual Thanksgiving Potluck.
Youth Group (ages 11-18) Gobble the Gratitude -Youth will discuss the virtue of gratitude, identifying those things for which they are grateful and how they can utilize this virtue to influence others. Youth will share their gratitude through the creation of gratitude rocks, which they can place in the community for others to find.