November 2021 Newsletter
NOAS Kicked Off National Adoption Month
NOAS was overjoyed to kick off National Adoption Month by celebrating the adoption of three sisters, K’Alia, Myra, and Amira, into their forever family. We were so thankful to keep these special sisters together after spending several years in foster care.
NOAS is happy to share that we received five additional grants from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that will bring children in foster care one step closer to having the permanency they deserve. We hired five NOAS Child Recruiters who will work with children from Cuyahoga County.

The grants are dedicated to funding a child-focused adoption recruiter for Wendy's Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Foundation. The Foundation currently issues more than 200 of these grants to local adoption organizations, hiring adoption professionals and implementing their evidence-based, child-focused recruitment program. This program is targeted exclusively at placing children in foster care into permanent homes –particularly the longest-waiting children, and recruiters dedicate 100 percent of their workdays to finding these homes. 
NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH
National Adoption Month is recognized annually in November throughout the nation to raise awareness about the urgent need for adoptive families for children and youth in foster care. This year, during National Adoption Month, we are being encouraged to have meaningful conversations with children and youth in foster care waiting for a forever family. Every child has a story, and it is crucial to hear that story in order to provide support and help every child overcome barriers.  
 
There are nearly 4,000 children available for adoption in Ohio who urgently need foster and adoptive families. Across the nation, there are over 122,000 children and youth in foster care. These children need a loving, stable environment—many risk exiting the foster care system without any legal or emotional ties. 
 
“We are constantly in awe of those special foster and adoptive families who open their hearts and homes to local foster youth. You don’t have to be perfect. All you need is stability, structure, and a large dose of patience and humor!” states Cheryl Tarantino, Executive Director of NOAS.
LET NOAS SPEAK AT YOUR PLACE OF WORSHIP OR BUSINESS
Is your business or organization interested in learning more about NOAS (Northeast Ohio Adoption Services)? We would love the opportunity to provide you with information about our programs, services, and the foster youth in NE Ohio that are in need of families. To schedule a speaker, contact Kathy Evans at (330) 856-5582 or email kevans@noas.com
SAVE THE DATE
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SHARED ANTHONY'S SOCIAL MEDIA POST
We cannot thank you enough for sharing Anthony's post on our social media pages: Facebook and Instagram. We appreciate all of your comments, likes, follows, and shares. Please continue to share the vital work of NOAS and our Foster for a Difference program with your family, friends, and co-workers. Spreading our news helps to find forever families for foster youth in our care.
MALE MENTORS NEEDED FOR FOSTER YOUTH
We are looking for male mentors to match with current and former foster youth in the Mahoning Valley and greater Cleveland area. Do you have six hours a month to spend with someone who needs a supportive adult in their life? Learn more about being a mentor by calling Kim at 330-980-4505 or emailing Kim at khughes@noas.com.
REGISTER TO BECOME LICENSED TO FOSTER/ADOPT
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 Pre-Placement Education Training Classes during the day beginning on Tuesday, November 23 at 9am. Small class sizes and guarantee safe distance.
For more information or to register, call 800-686-6627 ext. 126.
GIRLS NIGHT OUT
DESIGNER PURSE BINGO
GIRLS NIGHT OUT
WAS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 4TH at Ciminero's Banquet Center! Over 275 ladies enjoyed a delicious dinner and speaker Amber who was adopted after she turned 18. She touched everyone's heart.

Thank you to all our attendees, donors, Emcee Brooke Meenahan from WKBN and sponsors for making this event possible.They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but we are starting to think it might actually be purses!
TBRI® NEWS FOR NOAS FAMILIES ONLY
Did you complete all four modules of TBRI® Classes?

If not please take a look at the upcoming December class.

EMPOWERING PRINCIPLES
Sat., December 11th
from 9:00am-4:00pm

INTRO & OVERVIEW
Sat., January 8th
from 9:00am-4:00pm

Please register by contacting Alana MacKenzie by calling 330-980-4954 or email amackenzie@noas.com
Meet Markia
Age 15
Markia is a smart, creative, and soft spoken young lady who would love a family to call her own.