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…

DAI’s National Tour kicks off on November 4th in New York City

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is excited to announce the next phase of our bold new initiative, Let’s Adopt Reform. Let’s Adopt Reform aims to ignite a national conversation about adoption in the 21st Century to…

Exploring Options Counseling

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is pleased to announce collaboration with the University of Texas, Arlington on a new research study of options counseling experiences. The study will be conducted by Assistant Professor Elissa Madden, Ph.D.,…

Modern Adoptive Families

The landscape of the American family continues to rapidly change. In today’s modern world, our thinking surrounding who constitutes family and how families come together is always evolving.  With these changes, we know that all families…

“Let’s Adopt Reform”

  Welcome to “Let’s Adopt Reform”, DAI’s new initiative that aims to ignite a national conversation about adoption in the 21st Century in order to highlight what is working, encourage needed changes and strengthen families. “Let’s…