Ohio Chapter

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Welcome to the Home Page of the Gift of Adoption Ohio Chapter.

GOA-Ohio

As of December 2020, Gift of Adoption Ohio has awarded $521,550 in adoption assistance grants across Ohio to complete the adoptions of 161 children.

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Chapter Goal 

Each year, Gift of Adoption Ohio receives requests from approximately 22 qualified families – representing a funding need of $88,400. The goal of the Ohio Chapter’s all-volunteer board is to raise enough funds to help complete each of these adoptions. 100% of the money raised by the chapter is directed to uniting children with forever families in the area.

The chapter is currently seeking leaders throughout Ohio to get involved as chapter leaders and help the chapter grow and reach more families.

Board members are responsible for building awareness and raising funds for this rapidly growing, energetic, national, nonprofit dedicated to putting adoption in reach for the millions of children world-wide without a family.

Board members can be located anywhere in the state, but must be willing to participate in monthly calls and quarterly in-person meetings to support the development of a strong state presence – as we create awareness of this new philanthropic category and resource our vision.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Pam Devereux.


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Being able to support families in their adoption journey is such a fulfilling venture, and receiving family updates is one of the most rewarding aspects. We were so touched to hear that Brogan has been flourishing with his loving parents Melanie and Edward, since he was adopted in 2014. Learn more about Brogan and his growing list of interests below, in the update we were fortunate to receive from his family earlier this year.

"Brogan has been with us since his birth in 2014 and he is six now. He is still full of energy and enthusiastic expression of his feelings. He is learning more emotional regulation by taking some time alone in his room. He behaves really well at school. So he saves his outbursts for home. He has become more caring and empathetic- understanding other’s feelings are important. He is more interested in playing with other kids and loves to play make believe with them. Often sharing their play at recess as the highlight of his day at school. He is independent when he wants to be, but still very much likes snuggles, back scratches and kisses on “ouchies”. Brogan attended three years of preschool before going to Kindergarten this year. He is on a speech IEP and has improved so much over the years. He has done well in Kindergarten despite the lack of consistency with online days, snow days, etc. He has made some new friends and enjoys recess a lot. He enjoys riding his bike, scooter, skateboard, roller blades... he loves to be outside playing. He also has gotten good at video games with the help of his big brother. He played hockey on a team this year and as one of the youngest on the team, his skating and puck handling skills increased so much! He has a mat and gymnastic rings/bar in basement that he enjoys in the winter. And he has mastered forward/backward somersaults, cartwheels, one handed cartwheels and round offs. He wants to learn how to “do flips” and I’ve told him these are base skills he has to have first."
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Being able to support families in their adoption journey is such a fulfilling venture, and receiving family updates is one of the most rewarding aspects. We were so touched to hear that Brogan has been flourishing with his loving parents Melanie and Edward, since he was adopted in 2014. Learn more about Brogan and his growing list of interests below, in the update we were fortunate to receive from his family earlier this year.

Brogan has been with us since his birth in 2014 and he is six now. He is still full of energy and enthusiastic expression of his feelings. He is learning more emotional regulation by taking some time alone in his room. He behaves really well at school. So he saves his outbursts for home. He has become more caring and empathetic- understanding other’s feelings are important. He is more interested in playing with other kids and loves to play make believe with them. Often sharing their play at recess as the highlight of his day at school. He is independent when he wants to be, but still very much likes snuggles, back scratches and kisses on “ouchies”. Brogan attended three years of preschool before going to Kindergarten this year. He is on a speech IEP and has improved so much over the years. He has done well in Kindergarten despite the lack of consistency with online days, snow days, etc. He has made some new friends and enjoys recess a lot. He enjoys riding his bike, scooter, skateboard, roller blades... he loves to be outside playing. He also has gotten good at video games with the help of his big brother. He played hockey on a team this year and as one of the youngest on the team, his skating and puck handling skills increased so much! He has a mat and gymnastic rings/bar in basement that he enjoys in the winter. And he has mastered forward/backward somersaults, cartwheels, one handed cartwheels and round offs. He wants to learn how to “do flips” and I’ve told him these are base skills he has to have first.
"Hattie is an amazing young lady. She is smart and bold. Over the years she has gone from being a little uncertain to confident in who she is. Hattie loves gymnastics, flag football, and swimming. She is strong and fierce. We have journeyed into foster care as a family. Hattie has been an amazing big sister to our last two placements. She is no nonsense, but also compassionate and loving."

Rachel and Chad adopted Hattie from the USA in 2014 with a Gift of Adoption Fund - Ohio Chapter grant.
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Hattie is an amazing young lady. She is smart and bold. Over the years she has gone from being a little uncertain to confident in who she is. Hattie loves gymnastics, flag football, and swimming. She is strong and fierce. We have journeyed into foster care as a family. Hattie has been an amazing big sister to our last two placements. She is no nonsense, but also compassionate and loving.

Rachel and Chad adopted Hattie from the USA in 2014 with a Gift of Adoption Fund - Ohio Chapter grant.
Jim Bauman is an adoptee, supporter and volunteer with Gift of Adoption. Because of his passion for our mission, he recently sat down to discuss Gift of Adoption's role in uniting vulnerable children with permanent families, and what it means to him. ... See MoreSee Less
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100% of donations directly to the Chapter are used to provide adoption grants in this region.