October 2021 Newsletter
NOAS Celebrated Alexandria's Adoption
If you haven't attended yet, you DON'T want to miss out again -- this is a must-attend event organized by NOAS.
 
The evening will feature a dinner buffet (Chicken Caprese, Pasta, and Salad) and dessert. Cash bar for beer, wine, and pop. Complimentary coffee, tea, and lemonade will be provided. Eat, drink and be merry, because after dinner BINGO will begin. Each lady will have 15 3-up bingo cards; that's right, you have three chances to win a designer purse for each game. In between the bingo rounds, you will have opportunities to win one of our many door prizes being given away. While playing bingo, you will enjoy non-alcoholic beverages, a 50/50, and a Basket Raffle. But don't worry, we will have a little intermission to have another cocktail or use the ladies' room. All proceeds will support NOAS.
ADHD AWARENESS MONTH
October is ADHD Awareness Month, and ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a mental disorder that causes an inability to focus, trouble with organization, and difficulty with detail-oriented tasks. Though it primarily affects children, adults can also suffer from ADHD.

Learn more about ADHD and find some valuable resources about reframing ADHD at adhdawarenessmonth.org
BRIDGES PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT
NOAS would like to thank the community for supporting our Bridges program by purchasing items we desperately needed. You made the difference for the young adults we serve.
 
If you are not aware, NOAS provides services available through Bridges, a post-emancipation support program in Ohio that extends housing and other supportive services to eligible former foster youth. Since July, our dedicated team has worked with over 90 young adults who were able to remain in care because of H.R.7947 - Supporting Foster Youth and Families through the Pandemic Act. Now that this has come to an end, our team is working with 35 young adults: 8 who are attending college, 22 who are working, 1 in high school, and 4 who are currently unable to work because of mental or physical disabilities.
 
On October 1st, one day after aging out of Bridges, a former foster youth stated, “I thought I would be more upset to leave Bridges, but I realize that the time I spent in Bridges has prepared me to do this by myself.”
ANGEL TREE STARTING NOVEMBER 1ST
It's almost time for our annual Angel Tree! Every year, we have a Christmas tree decorated with angels listing the individual names of the children we serve and their Christmas wish/gift list. Starting Monday, November 1st, you can come to our Warren office at the Market Place Plaza, 5000 E. Market St., Monday-Thursday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, to pick out your "Angel." We understand that it can be more fun to shop for the little ones, but we also serve young adults ages 18-21, and they too deserve a little extra caring at Christmas time. We hope that you'll join in this loved tradition with us ... and please don't wait long as our "Angels" all go fast! 

**All wrapped gifts need to be returned to NOAS no later than Wednesday, December 1st, for distribution.
WHY SHOULD A FAMILY CHOOSE NOAS TO FOSTER OR ADOPT?
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. If you have been thinking about taking the next step towards becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent, make sure that you register for our upcoming Pre-Placement Class Series which starts on November 6th. Call 800-686-6627 ext. 126.
HOME TEAM CELEBRATION
What a wonderful night we had at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Saturday, September 18th. The venue made for an interesting backdrop as we explored the exhibits while eating delicious appetizers by Zack Bruell and listening to CLE KEYS dueling pianos. The silent and live auctions brought friendly competition with many leaving with baskets galore. We are so thankful to ALL of you who helped us raise $60,000 for Ohio’s at risk children, young adults and the families wanting to make a connection with them. It was wonderful to be back in person to celebrate families and advocate for those waiting for a forever family.
TBRI® NEWS FOR NOAS FAMILIES ONLY
Did you complete all four modules of TBRI® Classes?

If not please take a look at the upcoming October classes.

CONNECTING PRINCIPLES
Sat., October 16th
from 9:00am-4:00pm

CORRECTING PRINCIPLES
Sat., November 20th
from 9:00am-4:00pm

Please register by contacting Alana MacKenzie by calling 330-980-4954 or email amackenzie@noas.com
Meet Anthony
Age 16
Anthony is a very caring young man with a great smile. He is polite, respectful toward authority, and interacts well with his peers.
MENTORS NEEDED FROM THE CLEVELAND AREA
We are looking for mentors to match with current and former foster youth in the 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 at our upcoming virtual orientation on October 19th?? RSVP to Kim at khughes@noas.com to get the zoom link.