At NOAS, we strive for lifelong permanency for current and former foster youth by recruiting, preparing, and supporting families and positive connections, with a multitude of services.
NOAS offers a variety of different mission-driven programs to best support the children, young adults, and families we serve. Our compassionate and experienced team members work to train, license, and match foster and adoptive families with a child waiting for their Forever Family.
Beyond adoption, the NOAS team is continuously available to assist a family through these services: monthly parent resource groups, TBRI® NOAS parent training, and in-home coaching. NOAS also supports former foster youth as a Bridges Provider, offering support and guidance as they transition out of the system into adulthood. We have recently launched “IGNITE Foster Youth: Mentor One Who Needs Someone,” a volunteer mentoring program to support our most vulnerable teens and young adults.
The adoption program lies at the heart of NOAS. Our team believes there is no unadoptable child, just families needed to be found. The NOAS team is dedicated to developing and supporting lifelong adoptive families for children who cannot be reunited with their families of origin.
Foster for a Difference:
Foster for a Difference was born out of Northeast Ohio Adoption Services as a direct attempt to meet the urgent need for temporary foster parents. More than 15,000 children are in the Ohio foster care system, however, there are only roughly over 7,200 foster families available to meet this great need (Peterson & Tierney, 2017).
NOAS provides qualifying emancipated young adults with a supportive Bridges Liaison to help guide them as they transition to independence.
Monthly Parent Resource Group:
The monthly Parent Resource Group is an educational support group for families to help give parents the needed sets of skills, knowledge, and support needed.
NOAS foster and adoptive families come together once a month to share victories, challenges, and suggestions. Families receive training credits towards renewing their licenses, free childcare, and dinner.
IGNITE Mentor Program:
After seeing the urgent need for supportive role models, NOAS developed the IGNITE Foster Youth Mentoring Program: MENTOR One Who Needs Someone. The program matches both current foster youth ages 12-17 and former foster youth aged 18-21 with a healthy adult connection in their community.
Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®):
NOAS has started a new program called Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), a parenting and intervention model developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development.
Parenting children from hard places have unique challenges, but TBRI®, an evidence-based parenting style offers helpful guidance for parents. NOAS provides TBRI® classes and coaching, designed to support parents and children by prioritizing connection.
NOAS is committed to meeting children, families and young adults where they are and providing the necessary support for them to thrive.
NOAS is the pre-eminent adoption, foster care and mentoring resources for children, families, and Ohio’s child welfare agencies. We are proud to partner with 30 Counties and work with families in a 90-minute radius area from Warren, Ohio. We envision the day when there is a life-long family and or connection for every child.
NOAS is pleased to be implementing a child-focused recruitment model called Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption that is bringing children waiting to be adopted from foster care one step closer to safe, loving, and permanent homes.
This model has proven to be up to three times more effective at serving children who have been in foster care the longest, including teenagers, sibling groups, and children with special needs.