Human Services

ADOPTION NETWORK CLEVELAND

Educate. Support. Advocate.

Cleveland, OH

Mission

Adoption Network Cleveland connects and empowers individuals, organizations, and communities impacted by adoption and foster care, and provides a source of healing for those in need.

Ruling Year

1991

Executive Director

Betsie Norris

Main Address

4614 Prospect Avenue East Suite 550

Cleveland, OH 44103 USA

Keywords

adoption, adoption assistance, adoption support, foster care, mentoring, kinship

EIN

34-1603766

 Number

2076689926

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adoption (P31)

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What we aim to solve

Children in foster care, specifically “permanent custody," and those adopted from foster care are among our nation's most vulnerable young people. Because of the trauma experienced that led to being placed in foster care, these children often face unique challenges. Additionally, those attempting to adopt from foster care need guidance to complete the often arduous public adoption process, and those who adopt and/or care for these youth need support to help these youth heal and succeed.

Adoptees and birthparents are also in need of a safe place for support, information, and healing with others who understand their journey. Finally, the professionals who serve this community require a collaborative environment in which to exchange ideas and resources to best support their clients.

Our programs

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Triad Services

Youth Services

Permanency Navigation Services

Family Support Services

EMBRACE Mentoring Program

Where we work

Charting Impact

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Adoption Network Cleveland connects and empowers individuals, organizations, and communities impacted by adoption and foster care, and provides a source of healing for those in need. Adoption Network Cleveland supports, educates, and advocates for anyone touched by adoption – adoptees, birthparents, adoptive parents, foster youth and alumni, foster parents and professionals. We believe that adoption is a lifelong journey, and are there to support the adoption and foster care community every step of the way.

Adoption Network Cleveland achieves its mission by:

• 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.
• Providing opportunities for peer support and education for those touched by adoption and foster care and the professionals who serve them.
• Developing and advocating for best practices in adoption practice, policy and law.
• Creating and implementing high quality programs and services based on best practices in the field.
• Convening and leading public-private partnerships; promoting progressive system change.
• Promoting public awareness and social change regarding adoption and foster care issues throughout the broader community.
• Creating possibility through promoting openness, cooperation and collaboration in adoption and foster care.

Founded in 1988, Adoption Network Cleveland began as a grassroots organization in Northeast Ohio to respond to requests from individuals and agencies for information about adoption search, openness, referral, and programming. Adoption was once seen as a simple legal event. For 30 years, Adoption Network Cleveland has offered programs and services that recognize adoption as a complex, lifelong and intergenerational journey with ongoing issues for all those whose lives are touched by it. Core programs and services for anyone touched by adoption include our Adoption Helpline, General Discussion Meetings, professional trainings, search assistance, an e-newsletter, educational opportunities before and after adoption, a lending library, advocacy, and a speaker's bureau. The organization promotes community awareness and social change by advocating for progressive policies in adoption practice, policy and law.

In 2002 the Community Vision Council of the United Way of Greater Cleveland identified the large backlog of 1,700 children and teens in the permanent custody of the child welfare system waiting for adoption as a crisis that needed an immediate and well-coordinated solution. Chosen to serve as the lead agency for the Adopt Cuyahoga's Kids Initiative, Adoption Network Cleveland transformed adoption in our community by redesigning the system for adoption of waiting youth in Cuyahoga County through an innovative public-private partnership. These systemic innovations were instrumental in reducing the number of youth available for adoption in Cuyahoga County from 1,700 in 2004 to just over 500 in 2017. Through the Adopt Cuyahoga's Kids Initiative, Adoption Network Cleveland developed a comprehensive methodology to address multiple barriers to adoption and has been successful on a far greater scale, providing a replicable model for other areas experiencing crises in the public child welfare system.

Those we serve are regularly surveyed for program feedback at specific programs or at certain intervals to determine how the programming has achieved expected outcomes. Our staff and Board utilize these surveys to determine strengths and needs of those we serve, with individualized support available as needed. Evaluations and data are reviewed in quarterly program meetings by staff as well as by the Program Committee of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Adoption Network Cleveland worked with the Partnership for Evaluation, Research, and Implementation (PERI) project of The Begun Center at Case Western Reserve University to review and strengthen our data collection and program evaluation.

For programs serving families, Adoption Network Cleveland applies the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support in evaluating its programs and incorporating member feedback, and has recently completed a self-assessment from this model to ensure our project meets or exceeds these criteria.

Through the Adopt Cuyahoga's Kids Initiative, Adoption Network Cleveland helped reduce the number of youth in foster care waiting for adoption from 1,700 in 2004 to just over 500 in 2017. Additionally, after more than 25 years of advocacy, Adoption Network Cleveland spearheaded a legislative effort to create access for 400,000 Ohio adult adoptees born between 1964 and 1996 to their original birth certificates. Our programs and services have continued to impact the lives of thousands of those connected to adoption and foster care, and the organization is a national thought leader in advocating for openness and truth in adoption.

We will continue to create and advocate for an inclusive community in our world which fully supports and embraces all people touched by adoption and foster care.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No