Throughout 2013, many members of Ohio Birthparent Group participated in the legislative campaign in support of adoptee access (SB 23 & HB 61) organized by Adoption Equity Ohio and Adoption Network Cleveland. We’re excited to announce that (with a few bumps in the road along the way), Governor Kasich has SIGNED a version of SB 23, giving over 400,000 Ohio adoptees the ability to access to their adoption files held by the Department of Health. As birthparents, we’re excited to see this shift in policy and applaud all those, especially birthparents and adoptees, who shared their stories and activist energies to make this new law a reality. As details on the bill’s implementation unfold, we’ll keep you informed on what this new law can do for you and your family.
In anticipation of these big changes in Ohio, we’re expanding our post-adoption support programs in 2014 and reaching out to allies that share our vision. OBG is excited to announce TWO new groups starting in 2014:
NEW OBG Birthparent Support Meeting in Cincinnati
Thanks to our amazing birthparent members in The Queen City, OBG is finally expanding to Cincinnati! Starting in February 2014, OBG will offer a monthly support group for birthparents at the Blue Ash Library in Cincinnati. If you know a birthparent in the Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky area, tell them to mark their calendars for OBG Cincinnati’s first meeting!
Saturday, February 15th,10:30a-12:30p, Blue Ash Library, Cincinnati, OH.
Central Ohio Adult Adoptee Meet-Up
OBG is excited to announce that Catie Mehl, an adult adoptee and one of OBG’s general meeting facilitators, is making the move to develop a group for adult adoptees in Columbus. While OBG’s general meetings are always open to adult adoptees, we birthparents know how AMAZING it is to meet in a closed group with peers. We’re proud to affiliate with this new, independently organized group for adult adoptees and hope that you’ll help spread the word about their first meet-up event on Monday, January 6th:
NEW Central Ohio Adult Adoptee Meet-Up
Monday, January 6th, 7-9pm
Catie Mehl’s House in Dublin, OH
Jan General All-Adoption Meeting
Tuesday, January 14th, 7-8:30pm
Karl Road Library
Jan Birthparent Meeting- Columbus
Sunday, January 19th, 2-3:30pm
Gahanna Public Library