• Influencing Change: 2014 Annual Report

    The past year has been one of incredible change in the adoption and foster care communities - and for DAI as well. To find out what DAI did to meet these challenges, please click below.
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  • Our Fall Newsletter is Out!

    Check out DAI's Fall Newsletter featuring a profile of Senior Fellow, Amanda Baden. This edition also includes more detailed analysis so be sure to click the "read more" button!
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  • DAI's Four Pillars

    With a clear and strategic focus in four key areas, DAI will continue to uncover and amplify opportunities to encourage adoption reform and practically meet the needs of our ever-evolving community and the professionals that serve it.
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  • Adoptees in the Wild: Season 1

    John Sanvidge’s Adoptees in the Wild: Season 1 was presented on October 20th, by DAI and partners. DAI's own April Dinwoodie facilitated a dynamic conversation exploring adoption, identity and society after the viewing.
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  • Advocacy

    DAI provided input on The Children in Families First Act to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate sponsors, other key Members and the Secretary of State.
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  • Impact

    The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s mission is to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption by providing leadership that improves laws, policies and practices through sound research, education and advocacy.
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  • Research

    DAI is publishing the results of two major studies on adoption support and preservation (ASAP), along with a Policy Brief, as the latest part of our national Keeping the Promise initiative.
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Adoptive Family Portrait Project 2:00 pm
Adoptive Family Portrait Project
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Congressional Program Celebrating Adoptive Families During National Adoption Awareness Month. A total of fifty-one legislators are helping to raise awareness of foster care adoption on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. this month. Voice for Adoption (VFA)...
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Webinar – Adoption and Trauma Communities Coming Together to Improve the Well-Being of Children in Foster Care or Adoption 3:00 pm
Webinar – Adoption and Trauma Co...
Nov 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
This session will provide participants with perspectives from two different fields: the adoption community and the child traumatic stress community. Although these fields are very interrelated, there is not widespread cross disciplinary work. It is important...
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CWLA Webinar – Building Claiming Communities for Children: A Discussion Forum for Adoptive Families 4:00 pm
CWLA Webinar – Building Claiming...
Nov 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Coined by Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) and The Adoption Exchange, Claiming Communities is a new framework designed to better capture the everyday factors that lead to success for children in adoptive and other permanent...
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“Paloma the Possible” Book Launch 10:30 am
“Paloma the Possible” Book Launch
Nov 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
"Paloma the Possible" Book Launch @ Bank Street Bookstore | New York | New York | United States
Join DAI’s April Dinwoodie for a Q&A at the launch of “Paloma the Possible”.  
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April Dinwoodie, Chief Executive
120 East 38th Street, New York NY 10016 | info@adoptioninstitute.org
Telephone: (212) 925-4089 | Fax: (775) 796-6592