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Cuyahoga County to Celebrate National Adoption Month with Event Series

11/1/2018  
Media contact:
Mary Louise Madigan: (216) 698-2521, mlmadigan@cuyahogacounty.us
Lorin Hancock: (216) 881-4574, Lorin.Hancock@jfs.ohio.gov 

Cuyahoga County to Celebrate National Adoption Month with Event Series


CLEVELAND
-- To commemorate National Adoption Month, Cuyahoga County and the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will host several events to promote and celebrate adoption. Events include a free screening of the new film, Instant Family; an adoption finalization ceremony at the DCFS headquarters, a party for adoptive families at a local amusement center, and a recognition event at a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game.

“Adopting a child is the ultimate act of love,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “So it’s important to take time out to recognize and celebrate those who have already taken that step. And for the children still waiting for a home, it’s equally important to encourage our local families to consider making room in their hearts and families for an adopted child.”

Cuyahoga County currently has close to 200 children up for adoption. Available children range in age from 0-17 and come from a variety of backgrounds. Many have siblings also up for adoption, and several children have special needs.

“There are so many children who need families in our community right now —more kids than we’ve had in years, and certainly more than we currently have families for,” said DCFS Director Cynthia Weiskittel. “I want to see each of these children find their forever home.”

To date, 102 children have been adopted in Cuyahoga County this year. Of those, 18 children had been in county custody for five years or more.

Residents can visit everychildneedsfamily.com to see adoptable children and find more information on adoption requirements and processes.

Adoption Month Events:

Instant Family Screening
Thursday, Nov. 1
Doors open at 6 pm for 7 pm showing
Regal Cinemas, Crocker Park
Free and open to the public.
Visit http://www.gofobo.com/CCCFS for tickets (use code CCCFS). Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Adoption Finalization Ceremony
Friday, Nov. 9
11 am
Jane Edna Hunter Social Services Building
3955 Euclid Ave.
Media and invited guests only. Media can contact Lorin Hancock for more information.

Celebration for 2018 Adoptive Families
Saturday, Nov. 17
Media and invited guests only. Media can contact Lorin Hancock for more information.

Cleveland Cavaliers Adoption Recognition Event
Monday, Nov. 26
Quicken Loans Arena
1 Center Court
Ticket holders and invited guests.