April 2022 Newsletter
NOAS IS CELEBRATING 8 ADOPTIONS
The Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiters had five of our adoptions this month. Wendy's Wonderful Kid's Recruiters have had 22 adoptions this year, exceeding their grant goal of 16 adoptions in the grant year (runs through June 30, 2022).  

"I am so very proud of the hard work, dedication, and persistence that our recruiters pour into the kids that they work with daily. Achieving these goals is a great accomplishment, but knowing that these kids have permanency is much more of a treasure," Jamie Hetrick said. Jamie is one of our Wendy's Wonderful Kid's Supervisors.  

Our NOAS Permanency Planning Specialists had three of our adoptions in March and have also exceeded their goals with 16 adoptions so far this year. This department also held a "Coffee and Conversation" session with our NOAS families to help navigate the joys and challenges of parenting. Below are a few special adoptions.
12-year-old Makayla spent 1,043 days in foster care. She legalized on March 24th.
Keeping siblings together is the best. Piper and Izaiah were adopted on March 24th.
Treyvaughn was adopted on March 29th after 637 days in foster care.
APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Approximately 35% of Ohio's foster children are in care because of reported abuse or neglect. NOAS staff came together wearing blue to raise awareness about the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.
 
If you or someone you know is a victim of child abuse, call or text the National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453. You can also contact your local law enforcement agency."
BOARD MEMBER HIGHLIGHT
Mr. Lewis graduated locally from Howland High School before graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. He worked for NASA as a flight controller for the Space Shuttle Program. He is the President of Lewis Development Corporation with 25 years experience in disaster recovery and construction. Mr. Lewis specializes in commercial construction and healthcare facilities and is well-versed in network technologies and computer applications. He is very active in Howland Schools and has experience serving on the local Hospital Board. Lewis Development has sponsored all major fundraisers for decades. Dennis has been extremely committed to serving NOAS for over two decades and has held the President and Treasurer positions multiple times. Dennis is the proud nephew of Barbara Lewis Roberts, Founder of Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.

NOAS is also looking for new members for our Board of Directors. If you are interested or want to learn more, contact Cheryl at 330-507-5454.
We look forward to seeing you at the first annual Wheels and Meals on Sunday, June 19th, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Yellow Dog in Cortland, OH. This event is sponsored by Yellow Dog Saloon & Grill and Heels ‘N Wheels. The day includes a car and bike show, 50/50 raffle, Chinese auction, music, great food, games for kids, and more! All proceeds go to NOAS. Hope to see you there.
NOAS ON-GOING PARENT TRAINING
Saturday, April 30th
from 9:00am-4:00pm
NOAS is happy to offer the on-going continuing education classes every foster parent must complete. You won’t want to miss our next VIRTUAL training class, “Keep Your Cool: Anger and Stress Management” and “What’s the Foundation of Your Parenting.” This class is being offered on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Call Michelle Wolcott at 330-980-4548 or email mwolcott@noas.com to register by Wednesday, April 27th.
QUEEN BEE
Ladies, looking for a fun night out? You are invited to an exciting evening for ALL ladies from all over to come together for a sweet time of Worship and Word with a special "spotlight" from our community! Invite your moms, besties, sisters and neighbors to spend this special Friday night together on May 6th at 7:00 pm. 

Each lady will have a chance to WIN a Grand Prize Giveaway - a Gift Certificate to the exquisite CASAL's Spa/Salon...and there will be lots of FUN gift basket giveaways too!

Charcuterie will be up on the menu along with yummy desserts! You must register to attend so we can prepare: please text the word LADIES to 330-325-4433.
Meet Joey
Age 17
Joey is such an interesting and gentle hearted young man! He has an amazing imagination and a vast knowledge of all sorts of different vehicles. He would love a family that shares his passion for cars.
TBRI® NEWS FOR NOAS FAMILIES ONLY
NOAS is committed to not only recruiting more foster and adoptive families but also ensuring that the licensed NOAS families we serve are equipped to serve well by providing evidence-based, trauma-informed training for those who serve children in foster care. NOAS is offering TBRI® training to all licensed NOAS families and require training to help families and foster youth work through real-life, problem-solving scenarios. The following is a schedule of up-coming classes:

CONNECTING PRINCIPLES
Tuesday, April 12th and Thursday, April 14th
from 6:00-9:00pm

CORRECTING PRINCIPLES
Tuesday, May 24th and Thursday, May 26th
from 6:00-9:00pm

*must attend class on both days to receive full credit. No partial credit can be given at this time.

Please register by contacting Alana MacKenzie by calling 330-980-4954 or email amackenzie@noas.com