It’s been a busy few months for us OBG’ers!  Some of our most beloved members enjoyed long-awaited reunions, four OBG’ers presented at the 2013 American Adoption Congress conference in Cleveland, and many of our members attended the legislative hearings for HB 61 and SB 23. May is shaping up to be even busier for our group, and we invite you to join us for the ride!

Birthmother’s Day 2013
Saturday May 11th, 2-4:30pm
Adoption Network Cleveland Cleveland, OH

Every year, Adoption Network Cleveland hosts a program to honor and celebrate birthmothers on Mother’s Day weekend. All birthmothers and their allies (friends and family) are invited to attend this free program in Cleveland, OH. RSVP is requested. Read more on Adoption Network Cleveland’s website.

All Adoption General Meeting
Monday, May 13th 7-9pm
Karl Road Library, Columbus, OH

Adoption Records: Rights & Reunions
In May’s all-adoption meeting, we will address issues specific to adoption search and reunion. Ohio adoptees and birthparents have recently helped introduce HB 61 and SB 23, state legislation which, if passed, would give adults adopted from 1964-1996 access to their original birth certificates. In this meeting, we’ll outline current Ohio law regarding adoption records and review the proposed changes in HB 61 and SB 23. We’ll also discuss our own experiences with searching for information and/or contacting family that we’ve lost through adoption. Read more…

May Birthparent Support Meeting
Sunday, May 19th 1-4pm
Columbus, OH

With lots of Mother’s Day and Birthmother’s Day events packing our personal calendars, OBG is opting to have a low-key get-together so we can decompress! Instead of our regular birthparent support group, we’ll have a casual dessert potluck for birthparents on Sunday, May 19th from 1-4pm. Read more…