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. This includes but is not limited to: adoptees, birthparents, adoptive and prospective adoptive parents, youth in foster care, foster parents and siblings. 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 implementing 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. Creati
Programs: Adopt cuyahoga's kids -- this program is a mix of services for fosteryouth and prospective adoptive parents of 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, a mentoring program called permanency champions which is designed to find long term mentor relationships for teens in foster care and adoption navigators who help to guide prospective adoptive parents through the adoption process. The programs served 66 youth in mentoring, produced 20 digital me recruitment videos, served 59 youth in get real groups, 12 youth participated in cooking with cuyahoga kids. 210 prospective parents were assisted in the adoption process by adoption navigators.
triad services -- this program provides information, support, andeducation for all members of the adoption triad (adoptees,birthparents, adoptive parents, siblings, and others) as well as theprofessionals who serve them. These services include a telephonehelpline that responds to 3,000 calls annually, support anddiscussion groups with annual attendance of 559, assistance in over 100 searches this year, as well as educational workshops, lending library, and other support opportunities.
post adoption services--this program provides post adoptionservices to support parents and children after their adoption is finalized. Program components consist of telephonesupport, networking and community building opportunities,educational and support groups for parents and youth, a family camp, and opportunities for families to socialize with other families throughout the adoption journey. The primary audience for these services is families who have adopted from the public child welfare system. The support and community building programs served 316 adoptive parents, 63 parents were provided assisteance with school issues their child was facing and an additional 60 parents and children participated in weaving cultures family camp.
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. This year the organization had a major success with the passage of sb 23 culminating 24 years of work to allow adult adoptees access to their previously sealed birth records.