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OHIO ADOPTION INFORMATION

Adoption Subsidy Guide
Ohio Adoption Guide
Length of Time Children Stay in Permanent Custody to Adoption
Characteristics of Children Waiting for Adoptive Families in Ohio
Length of Time Children in Permanent Custody Wait for AdoptivePlacements
Characteristics of Children by Length of Time in Permanent Custody


OHIO ADOPTION EVENTS

Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF) is offering “Charting the Course,” a powerful eight-week therapeutic education series that has been presented in both Ohio and Florida for adoptive families who are struggling and want to better understand their children’s adoption-related issues. The series will be offered September 18, 2016 – November 6, 2016 from 2:30 – 4:30PM and will be conducted through separate groups for parents and their children.
For more information, click here.
To register, click here.

Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF) is offering a Fall Series entitled "Growing Up Adopted From Childhood to the Teens". This year COFAF discussion groups will be presented in teams of adoption specialists and adult adoptees. A suggested donation of $5.00 per person is requested.
All Discussion Groups meet from 7:00 – 9:00pm at 1550 Old Henderson Rd Suite N162, Columbus OH, 43220.

9/15/16: “The Seven Core Issues of Adoption and Why They Matter”
The seven core issues of adoption: loss, rejection, guilt/shame, grief, identity, intimacy, and control permeate all aspects of a child’s development from attachment and trust to self-concept and identity. Learn to identify the underlying drivers of your child’s behavior and how they connect to their adoption story. Presenters: Betsy Smalley and Marni Hall

10/20/16: “Adoption’s Core Issues on Steroids: The Teenage Years”
The core issues of adoption intensify, as your child becomes a teenager and grapples with identity formation, as well as feelings of loss. Issues of trust, relationships with friends, and dating are that much more complex; depression/anxiety that much more common. Learn what to look for and what can help. Presenters: Paula Andree and Angela Christensen

11/17/16: “Tackling the Core Issues: A Mini-Fair of Adoption Services”
Understanding what may be driving your child and teen’s behavior may be job one, but figuring out what to do is equally important. Come to a mini-fair of adoption services and learn what are some of the available programs in our community including: neuro-feedback, educational therapists, in-home therapy, camps, and more!
Contact us: COFAF4u@gmail.com

ONGOING EVENTS

Ohio Birthparent Group
This is a community organization committed to supporting the life-long needs of birthparents through peer support, advocacy and community education.
http://ohiobirthparents.org/events/

Adoption Network Cleveland

  • Adoptive FamilyParallel Groups: A Therapeutic Educational Series
    Provides a format in which parents, preteens and teens, through sharing of personal experiences, can create a sturdy base on which to build long-term health and stability for themselves and their families
    Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    September 21, September 28, October 5, October 12, October 19, October 26, November 2, 2016.
    Location: Adoption Network Cleveland
    4614 Prospect Avenue, Suite 550, Cleveland, OH 44103
    To register or for more information, contact: Ayanna.Abi-Kyles@AdoptionNetwork.org (216) 482-2331 or go to: AdoptionNetwork.org
  • Post Adoption Programming
    Parent group, youth group, and activities for children ages 2 through 10 run concurrently. Meets on the second Thursday of each month at Adoption Network Cleveland. Potluck meal for families. Free childcare.
  • Adoptive Family Youth Support
    Fellowship, support, education, and fun – for ages 11 to 18. Parent group, youth group, and activities for children ages 2 through 10 run concurrently. Meets on the second Thursday of each month at Adoption Network Cleveland. Potluck meal for families. Free childcare.
  • Transracial Adoptive Family Group
    The Adoption Network Cleveland Transracial Adoptive Family Group is a part of our Weaving Cultures programming. This group is for families who have been formed through transracial adoption. The purpose of the Transracial Adoptive Family Group is to offer a setting where both children and adults can form relationships and spend time with other families who share similar experiences. The group meets the second Saturday of every month (except in June and December) in family-friendly locations around town.

  • Preservice training for Ohio foster and adoptive caregivers. See the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program web site for details.

    The Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF) was formed to strengthen family ties through increasing awareness around the unique experience of being an adoptive family. COFAF achieves this goal through providing education and resources, along with the support of adoptive parents, primary caregivers, and adoptees. Visit the COFAF website for upcoming events.

    ONGOING MEETINGS

    General Support and Discussion Meetings
    General Support and Discussion Meetings are support and discussion groups for any adult adoptee, adoptive parent, birthparent, prospective adoptive parent, significant other, professional, or anyone interested in the lifelong journey of adoption.
    • No charge – attendees are encouraged to become members
    • No RSVP needed
    • Held once a month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, unless
    otherwise indicated
    Adoption Network Cleveland is a membership-based organization. Although many of our programs and services are open to the public and free, we ask those who utilize our services to become members. For more info, email: Sarah.Hastings@AdoptionNetwork.org or call (216) 482-2311.

    ROCKY RIVER • First Thursday
    West Shore Unitarian Church
    20401 Hilliard Drive, Rocky River, Ohio 44116 – near I-90 Hilliard exit
    Jan 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 3, April 7* May 5, June 2,
    July 7, Aug. 4*, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 1*

    SUMMIT COUNTY • Second Wednesday
    MedPoint Health Center
    650 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
    Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 9*, Apr. 13, May 11, June 8,
    July 13*, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9*, Dec. 14

    HEIGHTS • Third Thursday
    Church of the Saviour
    2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
    Jan. 21, Feb. 18*, Mar. 17, Apr. 21, May 19, June 16*,
    July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20*, Nov. 17, Dec. 15

    LAKE COUNTY • Last Tuesday
    Mentor Baptist Church
    7500 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060
    Jan. 26*, Feb. 23, Mar. 29, Apr. 26, May 31*, June 28,
    July 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27*, Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Dec. 27

    MEETINGS AROUND OHIO AND ONLINE:

    CINCINNATI
    Adoption Network Cleveland and the Ohio Birthparent Group
    co-sponsor this meeting.
    First Tuesday, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
    For location and up-to-date information, call Amy Lomis at (216) 482-2323 or go to: www.AdoptionNetwork.org.

    COLUMBUS
    Adoption Network Cleveland and the Ohio Birthparent Group
    co-sponsor this meeting.
    Second Tuesday, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
    6660 N. High Street, Columbus
    For up-to-date information, go to: www.ohiobirthparents.org

    DAYTON – Greater Miami Valley Area
    Third Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    For location and up-to-date information, call: (513) 463-3450
    or go to: www.AdoptionNetwork.org

    NW OHIO
    Fourth Monday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
    For location and up-to-date information, call Amy Lomis at
    (216) 482-2323 or go to: www.AdoptionNetwork.org.

    VIRTUAL WEBCAM
    Fourth Thursday, 8:00 to 10:00 pm
    To register, go to: http://bit.ly/virtualmtg
    Pre-registration needed. We will then send you a link to join the group. Participants limited to the first 10

    • Butler County FAST (Foster Adoption Support Team): Meets the third Tuesday of every month (unless it falls on a holiday) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lindenwald Baptist Church located at 460 Symmes Rd Fairfield, OH 45014. For more information, please email: FASTbutlercounty@yahoo.com.

    • The Butler County Children Services Board: If you would like information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please call or email Carrie Jones at 800-792-3854 or Carrie.Jones@jfs.ohio.gov to find out about the next session start date!

    • Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services: Cluster Support Groups meet monthly at various times and locations. For more information on how you can join a cluster group in your area, contact Cluster Coordinator Lois Roberts at 216-881-4345.

    • RESOLVE of Ohio Columbus Peer-Led Family Building Support Group: Meets on the first Wednesday of odd months (Jan, March, etc) at 6:30PM at Upper Arlington Public Library, 2800 Tremont Road. Please contact Sarah at Sarah.Hull@rocketmail.com before attending your first meeting. For other Ohio-wide, peer-led support groups, please visit: http://www.resolve.org/support/support-group/ohio-support-groups.html.

    • Action, Inc.: Hosts a support group every Friday for current and prospective adoptive parents, especially for those who have adopted or want to adopt special-needs children from public foster care agencies within Ohio or in other U.S. states. The support group is open to all families and meets from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Action, Inc., 6000 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45415. For additional information, please contact Patricia Hill, LISW, at 937-277-6101.


    Adoption & Foster Care Organizations



    Adopt America Network | Helping Children with Special Needs
    Adopt America Network is dedicated to helping place children with special circumstances, whether they are physical, emotional or something else (for instance, older children and/or siblings). Our placements are even more vital when you consider these small souls are the innocent victims of painful loss, neglect and abuse.

    Adoption Network Cleveland
    4614 Prospect Avenue, Suite 550
    Cleveland, OH 44103
    T: 216/325-1000 F: 216/881-7510
    Our mission is to connect and empower individuals, organizations, and communities impacted by adoption and foster care, and provide a source of healing for those in need.

    CHOICES, Inc.
    CHOICES, Inc. fosters a meaningful quality of life for youth and families. They inspire hope, strengthen foundations, and enrich environments through supportive individualized services.
    1785 Big Hill Rd.
    Dayton, OH 45439
    Phone: (937) 264-0084

    County Child Welfare Agencies
    Please see pages 11-15

    Private Adoption Agencies
    Please see pages 15-18

    UMCH Family Services
    Administration
    1033 High Street
    Worthington, Ohio, 43085
    P 614.885.5020
    F 614.885.4058
    Email: contactus@umchohio.org

    Adoption and Post Adoption Services
    1033 High Street
    Worthington, Ohio 43085
    P 614.885.5020
    F 614.885.4058

    Treatment Foster Care
    6402 E. Main Street, Suite 103
    Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
    P 614.559.2800
    F 614.559.2801

    Wesley Family Services
    89 Wesley Boulevard
    Worthington, Ohio 43085
    P 614.310.0902
    F 614.310.0905



    Other Resources



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    A How to for International Adoptions

    Adoptive Families Magazine

    Child Welfare Information Gateway
    Adoption Factsheets

    Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption -The Adoption-Friendly Workplace
    Adoption Benefits for the Workplace

    North American Council on Adoptable Children
    Adoption Subsidies

    Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies

    Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Office of Families and Children

    Ohio Family Care Association
    The Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA) serves as the statewide voice for the thousands of adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families

    Wendy's Wonderful Kids
    Learn about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption program that finds adoptive families for children in foster care.