Adoptive and Foster Parenting
In most ways, adoptive parents are just like those who form their families biologically. They love their children, have hopes and dreams for them, and worry about their safety, education, and future. In other ways, though, adoptive parents can have other concerns, questions, or needs for themselves, their children, and the rest of their family because they've been touched by adoption.
Adoption Network Cleveland offers many programs and services to meet the needs of adoptive families before they adopt as well as throughout the lifelong process of adoption:
- Adoption 101: Where Do I Begin – an overview workshop for people who are just starting to think about becoming adoptive parents which explores a full range of options—infant domestic, international or older youth adoptions.
- Adoption Navigators – have extensive training, as well as personal experience, to guide families through the adoption process and provide support and referrals for families after adoptions are finalized.
- Support and Education – Monthly gatherings and social activities for families who have adopted that help parents feel greater connection and confidence in their parenting journey. Our Post Adoption Facilitator is an experienced professional with training and education regarding the adoption journey.
- Our Educational Liaison is an experienced school professional available to work with parents on any school-related issue, especially those who have adopted from the foster care system.
- Family Ties is a support program for families who have adopted youth from the foster care system. The program provides hands-on activities that help youth and parents to communicate effectively and build strong family ties and attachments.
We also have information available on becoming a foster parent, answers to frequently asked questions about adoption, steps to adoption and things to consider when choosing an adoption agency.
In addition, adoptive families can find support and answers to their questions by calling our Adoption Helpline at (216) 325-1000 or contacting us via email. The Helpline is available 9:00 am to 5:00 pm weekdays. Many adoptive parents also attend our General Support and Discussion Meetings, which are held in four locations every month in Cuyahoga, Summit and Lake counties. These groups are open to anyone touched by adoption or interested in lifelong adoption issues and allow people to learn from others’ perspectives.
For a pdf of the Ohio Adoption Guide, click here.