Family Ties Parent & Youth Program
Our Family Ties Program takes a holistic approach to serving adoptive, kinship, and foster families through strategies that meet the needs of the family and focus on their strengths. Through participating, parents discover the tools, knowledge, and support system they need to successfully parent their child(ren) and children feel safe, supported, and capable of developing healthy habits. The program includes one-on-one support, monthly groups, educational opportunities, peer network building, normalizing family social activities, information and referral, and personal advocacy.
Support is provided through both Adoption Network Cleveland staff and peer mentoring. Telephone, email, and in-person meetings with staff provide a compassionate ear, referral to community resources, problem-solving, personal advocacy strategies, and reinforcement of positive parenting techniques. Individual parents can also be matched at their request with another parent who understands their journey and can provide support and encouragement. Parents who use social media are also encouraged to connect with other Family Ties parents through our private Family Ties Facebook Group.
Adoption Network Cleveland provides access to conferences, presentations, and workshops by local, state, and national experts on a regular basis. Examples include parent trainings through the OCWTP program and our Monday Evening Speaker Series. For up-to-date information on available opportunities, subscribe to our newsletter and check our program calendar regularly.
Join us each month for our Family Ties Gatherings, which provide adoptive, kinship, and foster families an opportunity for fellowship, support, education and fun! The monthly Family Ties Gathering is held on the fourth Friday of each month, starting at 6 pm and going until 7:30 pm. We share a potluck meal together, information, activities, fun, and community.
Families are encouraged to bring a dish to share, but it is not required. Adoption Network Cleveland staff provide a program or activity, organization, and community updates, as well as resources from our partners. Let us know you are coming by registering on our calendar at https://bit.ly/CalendarANC.
Youth who are adopted or living with extended family or in foster care, ages 11+ are invited to join our monthly peer support group! This group provides a safe place for youth to share their truth, advocate for and support one another, and learn more about themselves.
Teen Tea meets on the first Friday of the month at 5 pm in our new location, 12200 Fairhill Blvd. We will meet outside if possible. Our facilitators are Brain Lutz and Kelsey Reilly (bios can be found HERE), who both have a connection to adoption.
Snacks will be provided, and each attendee will be entered in a door prize raffle. Parents, there is space for you to hang out too while the teens meet! Come check out our new space and enjoy some in-person comradery.
Family Social Activities
Creating normalcy and connectedness through typical family activities such as going ice skating, going to the zoo, attending a sporting event, or meeting friends for a group picnic is an important piece of building a social network. Recent research has shown that having a strong social network (friends that understand your situation and support you) improves physical and mental health, resiliency, education, and overall life contentment outcomes for both individuals and families.
See our program calendar for upcoming Family Social Events.
For more information, contact:
Brian Lutz, Program Coordinator - Families & Youth