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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth

Mission: We connect and empower individuals, organizations and communities impacted by adoption and foster care, and we provide a source of healing for those in need. We accomplish our mission by: 1. Creating a safe place for those touched by adoption and foster care to pursue personal empowerment. 2. Providing opportunities for peer support and education for those touched by adoption and foster care and the professionals who serve them; 3. Developing and advocating for best practices in adoption practice, policy, and law; 4. Creating and implanting high quality programs and services based on best practices in the field; 5. Convening and leading public-private partnerships, promoting progressive system change; 6. Promoting public awareness and social change regarding adoption and foster care issues throughout the broader community; 7. Creating possibility through promoting openness, cooperation, and collaboration in adoptions and foster care.

Programs: Youth connections - this program area is a mix of services for foster youth focused on reducing barriers to adoption from the public child welfare system. These include child prep programs which prepare youth for adoptive placements and a mentoring program called permanency champions which is designed to find long term mentor relationships for teens in foster care. During 2017, the programs served 56 youth in foster care through the permanency champions mentoring program and held 9 get real educational and support groups for teens in foster care with a total attendance of 24 youth. The network partnered with the junior league of cleveland for a life skills program designed for youth in foster care with a total of 6 youth participants.

triad services - this program area provides information, support, and education for all members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, siblings, and others) and professionals who serve them. These services include a telephone helpline that responded to 2,783 calls in 2017, support and discussion groups with annual attendance of 764 in 2017, assistance in hundreds of searches this year, as well as educational workshops serving 349 parents in 2017, professional education with cumulative attendance of 592 professionals in 2017 (500% increase over 2016), lending library, and other support opportunities.

pre and post adoption services-- this program area provides post adoption services to support parents and children after their adoption is finalized as well as services to prospective parents. Program components consist of telephone support, networking and community building opportunities, educational and support groups for parents and youth, and opportunities for families to socialize with other families throughout the adoption journey. This program area includes adoption navigators who help to guide prospective adoptive parents through the adoption process. The primary audience for these services is families who have adopted from the public child welfare system. During 2017, the support and community building programs served 144 adoptive parents, 108 parents were provided assistance with school issues their child was facing and an additional 128 parents and children participated in transracial adoptive families group. In addition, 359 prospective parents were assisted in the adoption process by adoption navigators.

advocacy - this program includes activities to effectuate changes in public policy governing adoption, foster care, and related child welfare in ohio. This includes laws, agency practices and societal attitudes. During 2017, the network continued participation in implementation of ohio's adoptee records law, through which over 10,000 records have been released; laid groundwork to develop legislation to address sibling rights in ohio; maintained active involvement on the ohio adoption planning group; and by invitation, served on the ohio department of jobs and family services task force to help design a post adoption services model for ohio.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ANC is an awesome organization! I have found their help and information to be invaluable in my search!


Rating: 5

ANC has helped me tremendously, im an adoptee who has received my obc and located my birth family without the fight and help of the Betsie and the staff there I would probably still be looking for them, keep up the good work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is nice to have and too be around people how care about you in every way. I also like that they help you understand the whole process .

Board Member

Rating: 5

Adoption Network Cleveland is a unique and wonderful organization that provides support, education, advocacy and consulting services for all who are touched by adoption. They are an important and essential resource in the community - a hidden gem in the heart of Cleveland!