For hopeful adoptive families.

Whether you are beginning your adoption journey or just starting to explore adoption as a way of building your family, join us for a free adoption orientation. We will provide introductory information about the adoption process and can answer many of your questions.


The upcoming free Adoption Orientations for domestic and international adoption information will be held at Adoption Connection, 8487 Ridge Road, Amberley Village, OH 45236 in the Mayerson JCC building (at the exit of Ridge and Ronald Reagan/Cross County Highway) and are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017  6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2017   6:30 p.m.

 Call (513) 489-1616 to RSVP


Adoption Connection in Cincinnati provides Homestudy Education as required by the State of Ohio. Our Homestudy Education groups are open, interactive, and informative forums consisting of prospective adoptive parents.

Please check back for upcoming Homestudy Education groups.


Adoption Connection has a philosophy that hopefully will help you have a shorter time until your placement.

Instead of asking you, as prospective adoptive parents, to just WAIT with us, we are inviting you to WORK with us. This training was developed by an adoptive father after he and his wife used these specific techniques to adopt their two children. It is offered through Adoption Connection's Supportive Services.

For information, contact Angie at (513) 489-1616.

Diverse Voices in Transracial Adoption

with Rhonda Roorda

Author and Transracial Adoption expert


Saturday, February 4

Free for Celebrate Adoption Members and their family


Mayerson JCC - 8487 Ridge Road, Cincinnati


Q&A and book sale/ signing following the discussion


Rhonda Roorda, adopted by a white family, is a highly-regarded national speaker on transracial adoption. With       Dr. Rita Simon, she coauthored a landmark trilogy of books on transracial adoption, and recently released her own book, In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoption, which builds on that trilogy capturing the views of non-adopted black Americans. This presentation will highlight the findings from the Simon-Roorda landmark trilogy of books as well as Roorda’s latest book.


For over 40 years, Transracial Adoptees have been raised in predominately white communities separated from people that look like them. Why does this matter not only for Transracial Adoptees but for White Adoptive parents as well? Roorda will answer this question while also sharing her own personal experiences as a Black Transracial Adoptee. She will help us bring out the best of Transracial Adoption for children and families by teaching us about the controversy behind Transracial Adoption, particularly as it relates to Black and Biracial children adopted by White parents, discussing why “love" is not enough when raising Transracial Adoptees, and developing strategies that will help Transracial Adoptive parents to raise children of color that can grow up to be confident, purposeful, centered men and women.


"There is strength and beauty in families who choose Transracial Adoption. However, in order to experience the best, there is work to be done."  - Rhonda Roorda


Memberships may be purchased for $40, and are valid through 2017.

Nonmembers: Individual $15, families $25


Babysitting: available at JPlay for $3/hr per child, but reservations must be submitted in advance with your RSVP


RSVP to Nikki Mayhew, by Thursday, 2/2. Hurry! Space is limited!


A panel discussion about lgbt adoption and the ohio laws

LGBT Adoption and Family Law: When can we expect changes in Ohio?

Same-sex marriage is now legal in the US, but the Ohio adoption laws have yet to be re-written to allow equal parenting recognition. A panel of adoption experts will discuss the state of LGBT adoption and when families can expect changes on the local level.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

1-3 pm

Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236



On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. 


In the state of Ohio, where non-married couples were not allowed to adopt or foster children, this ruling opens the door for same sex couples to create families.  For families with children, both parents can now be legally recognized and both same sex parents will have their names on a birth certificate.


Fast forward into October and the reality is that re-writing laws once created for traditional marriage and family, takes time and patience.  Many same sex families wanting changes on their children’s birth certificates are still very much in limbo. 


Jewish Family Service, Adoption Connection, and The Family Equality Council sponsor a panel discussion including local adoption attorney, Scott Knox who specializes in LGBT family law, Hamilton County Family Court Judge Ralph Winkler, and attorney Ellen Essig.  The panel will discuss the state of LGBT adoption and family law and when families can expect changes on the local level.  


Babysitting is available for ages infant- 5 years old at the Mayerson JCC for $2/hour per child. Call 513-766-3336 for reservations.