A Universal Right

Last month, several media outlets revealed the story of an adopted person in Iowa who had petitioned the Iowa courts to release the names of her biological parents based on medical need. Reportedly, she had struggled…

Transaction to Transformation

  The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) launched our Let’s Adopt Reform initiative in August 2015 to ignite a national conversation about adoption and foster care adoption in the 21st century. The reality is, with all that…

There’s No Room for Adoption Stigma in Ads

Misperceptions about adoption have led to thoughtlessness by individuals and brands as they make emotional elements surrounding adoption the punchline to a poorly crafted joke. We saw this last month in an ad created by Priceline…

Add Your Voice and #AdoptReform

A recent ad by Priceline, which mocked an intercountry adoption gone awry, sparked an outcry from many members of the adoption community that ultimately led to Priceline removing the ad from their YouTube page. This is…

Inspiring Change through Research

In 2006, DAI published a paper that explored, in part, an expectant parent’s right “to make the placement decision in a fully informed manner, devoid of pressure or coercion.” (Smith, 2006). Yet research on what is…

A Child is Born: An Adoption Journey Through the Holidays

It starts with Thanksgiving and it is all about family. The ultimate “Throwback Thursday,” Thanksgiving is a time when old family folklore is rehashed, new memories are made, clashes can explode and legacies are embedded into…

National Adoption Month: What We ARE Grateful For

Almost twenty years ago, November was designated as National Adoption Month (NAM). Its core purpose was to focus on the needs of children in foster care who were awaiting the permanency of adoption. With over 100,000…

During National Adoption Month, DAI is Adopting Reform!

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) was excited to kick off our Let’s Adopt Reform National Tour with our first Town Hall event last week in NYC. Our panelists, who maintain both personal and professional expertise in…

DAI’s Let’s Adopt Reform New York City Town Hall Recap

The first Let’s Adopt Reform Town Hall in New York City was an amazing success thanks to so many wonderful people who participated in this vital conversation. Let’s Adopt Reform Town Hall – NYC from Donaldson…

Let’s Ignite a New Conversation During National Adoption Month

In August, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) announced a bold new initiative that seeks to ignite a national conversation about adoption in the 21st century. Let’s Adopt Reform (http://www.letsadoptreform.org/) includes a four stop national tour, town…