2125 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, Ohio
More than 2,000 foster children in Cuyahoga County have no family to call their own. Each year, roughly 200 youth turn 18 and “age out” of the foster care system, many with few connections or resources to begin living on their own. Often separated, siblings grow up in the foster care system with differing experiences and paths. Sometimes Hope is Enough is an original play written by Michael Oatman about the moving and emotional journey of three siblings who come together to say their final goodbyes to their brother Thunder. After years of separation, the brothers push though the issues of their past to find the strength of family and discover that with help, “sometimes hope is enough.”
Following the performance, a panel of experts will discuss the research and policy implications of the realities portrayed in the play. Bridging the arts, research, practice and policy, this event will create a powerful vehicle for the Cleveland community to dialogue about the challenges facing young people in foster care, and the need for parents, mentors, and the cultivation of other connections and support systems.
Gregory Ashe, MBA
Executive Director, Karamu House
David Crampton, PhD
Associate Professor, CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Director, Fatima Family Center
Gregory Kapcar, MPA, LSW
Legislative Director, Public Children Services Association of Ohio
Jacqueline McCray, MMG
Deputy Director, Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, Resources and Placement
Melinda Sykes, JD
Director of Children’s Initiatives, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
In addition to the performance, young people currently in Cuyahoga County’s foster care system share their stories through the Moving Hearts Gallery and Digital Stories, which highlights the character, warmth and charm of children looking to make a special connection with a family.
This event is free to the public, open to community members, youth, adults, policy makers, students, administrators, and educators. The event is supported by a federal Adoption Opportunity Grant (Partners for Forever Families) from the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families and co-sponsored by Karamu House, the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services, the Schubert Center for Child Studies, and the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences.
This event is free and open to the public.
CEUs available, pending approval.