The Real Problem with Kim Kardashian’s Adoption Fairytale

Who says no to Kim Kardashian? A young woman named Pink, that’s who. During a family vacation to Thailand, the reality show star visited a children’s home and fell in love with Pink, one of the…

Influencing Change: DAI’s 2014-15 Annual Report Available Now

The past year has been one of incredible change in the adoption and foster care communities–and for DAI as well. From turning the tide on open records in New Jersey to the continuing decline in intercountry…

Profile: Amanda Baden Ph.D.

We are honored to profile DAI Senior Fellow, Amanda Baden, Ph.D. Amanda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership at Montclair State University in N.J. She is a licensed psychologist with…

DAI Fall Newsletter – Baden Profile & More Analysis

Dear Friends, Welcome to the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter. In this issue we are highlighting DAI’s “Adoption Experience” pillar.  Focusing on the entire adoption community, DAI works to safeguard the rights of adopted people…

Profile: Renette Oklewicz

We are honored to profile Renette Oklewicz, long-time Director of Programs at the Freddie Mac Foundation, for her significant contributions to the adoption and foster care communities. Renette, who has dedicated her career to the service…

NACAC Recap

Summer has always been my favorite time of year; the warmth of the sun, longer days and the beach! I did not think it was possible to love summer any more than I already did and…

Four Key Pillars Drive The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s New Vision

Dear Friends, Early in 2013, The Donaldson Adoption Institute Board of Directors made the commitment to expand the reach and impact of our work and adopted a plan for growth. In October of that year, I…

Search and Reunion Research Survey

Much recent media coverage has centered on adoptees gaining the right to access their original birth certificates. From New Jersey’s decades long effort to achieve legal equality for adoptees to Colorado’s ambitious legislation allowing birth parents…

The Upside of the CHIFF Debate

On Monday, May 19, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) sent a letter providing our input on The Children in Families First Act of 2013 (CHIFF/S1530) to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate sponsors, other key Members and…

Mother’s Day & Women’s Rights

As a member of the adoption community, Mother’s Day can inspire a host of deeply rooted emotions with pure joy and primal pain fiercely at odds. Thankfully, comfort and understanding can come in many forms; loving…