January 2022 Newsletter
NOAS IS CELEBRATING NOT ONE BUT TWO ADOPTIONS
Congratulations to Jordan and Travis.
After 1,370 days in foster care, Jordan joined his forever family. Jordan had not seen his twin sisters for over two years and they were able to join him on his special day.
Travis was adopted after spending 868 days in care. He joined his biological brother, Ralphie, and they became a forever family. We are thrilled to be able to keep these brothers together. 
Mentoring is an essential component of positive youth development, promoting academic success, engaging in extracurricular activities, and connecting new opportunities. Northeast Ohio Adoption Service's (NOAS) IGNITE Mentoring Program is looking for adult male mentors to serve as role models for our foster youth ages 11-17 and 18-21.

Mentorships are proven to provide young people with the tools to make responsible choices, attend school, engage in regular learning, and reduce or avoid risky behaviors like drug use.

NOAS' next series of Mentor training classes begin via Zoom on Tuesday, February 1, from 6:00-7:30 pm for those interested in becoming a mentor. To register, call Michelle at (330) 856-5582 ext. 123 or email mwolcott@noas.com.
Come on out for a great night of entertainment while supporting an even greater cause!
NOAS' FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

Saturday, April 9, 2022, at The Lake Club in Poland, OH. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end with dancing at 10:00 p.m.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS TIP
The month of January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Each year, more than 13,200 women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer (cancer that has spread deep within the cervix to other parts of the body) and more than 4,200 of them die from the disease. A recent survey indicates a lack of education and missed routine preventative care, such as annual exams and screenings. Half of the women in the U.S. between the ages of 21-60 don’t know how often they should be screened for cervical cancer.

Take some time this month to learn more about risk factors, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment. It could save a life. Find additional information and resources preventcancer.org
THANK YOU
BOOKS-A-MILLION
Thanks so much to Books-A-Million and all the Niles customers who generously donated toys, books and other fun items. The gifts will be used to celebrate birthdays and special occasions for foster youth.
REGISTER FOR UPCOMING FOSTR AND ADOPTIVE CLASSES
Whether you want to be a foster parent, or adoptive parent to a local foster youth, NOAS is here for you every step of the way on your journey. We are currently offering Virtual Training for our Pre-Placement Education Training Classes beginning on Saturday, February 26 at 9am.

For more information or to register, call 800-686-6627 ext. 126.
Meet Alisha
Age 16
Alisha is not picky when it comes to what type of family she wants. She wants a family that will teach her new things and love her no matter what.
TBRI® NEWS FOR NOAS FAMILIES ONLY
Did you complete all modules of TBRI® Classes?

If not please take a look at the upcoming classes. All classes will be virtual.

CONNECTING PRINCIPLES
Sat., January 22nd
from 9:00am-4:00pm

CORRECTING PRINCIPLES
Sat., February 19th
from 9:00am-4:00pm

We are no longer offering the Introduction & Overview class as part of the mandatory set of TBRI® Classes.

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