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New Adoption Support Group Formed

Adopt America and Lucas County Children Services Support Adoptive Families


(TOLEDO - March 24, 2010) – Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) and Adopt America Network are teaming up to provide support for adoptive families in Northwest Ohio.


Based on input from families who have adopted children through LCCS and expressed a desire to meet other adoptive families, the agency has contracted with Adopt America to provide a new adoption support group. “As adoptive children progress through different stages of development, they have experiences that can be complicated by their histories of abuse and/or neglect,” says Deloise President, LCCS adoption supervisor.


The Adopt America program will help adoptive families to share experiences and knowledge with each other. Adoptive families often recommend to each other good resources in the community and provide emotional support as they experience new adventures with their adopted and biological children. “Experienced adoptive families are the real experts,” says Wendy Spoerl, President of Adopt America Network. “Plus, parents and kids will have a new opportunity for friendship and support in this safe, fun-filled program.”


Two programs are planned for the month of April.


  • On April 7, families will meet at the Summit YMCA, 306 Bush St. from 6 to 8 p.m. The topic will be, “Bring Your Story.“ Child care will be available during this discussion.
  • On April 16, there will be a family social event at the Wolf Creek YMCA, 2100 Holland-Sylvania Road inHolland. From 6 to 7 p.m., there will be a parents-only discussion (child care will be provided), and then from 7 to 8 p.m., families are encouraged to have fun at the Y. Activities will include swimming, basketball, games and crafts. Parents must accompany their children in the pool area. Please bring your own towels.


There is no cost to participate in these programs, and all families who have adopted through LCCS are welcome to participate. Registration and information are available by calling Charlene Rook at 419-726-5100, ext. 44, or emailing


About Adopt America Network


For 27 years, Adopt America Network has worked to improve the lives of children in U.S. foster care by helping to place them with permanent, loving adoptive families using a national network of public agencies, private agencies and volunteer adoption specialists. In Lucas County and throughout northwest Ohio, AAN offers adoption services to families who are eager and willing to provide a home for children who wait in foster care. Services include training, home study assessments, child and family matching, and post adoption support programs.


About Lucas County Children Services