12th Annual Taste of Spring Photo Recap

Last night, The Donaldson Adoption Institute was delighted to celebrate it’s 12th Annual Taste of Spring event, celebrating food, fun and friendship. Chefs and sommeliers from the best restaurants in the city served up a cornucopia of…

Thinking of My Mom and My Mother on Mother’s Day

I think about my mom and my mother a lot. As a person who was adopted I think about the woman who raised me along with my dad and I think about the woman who gave…

Profile: Susan Notkin

DAI is particularly pleased and honored to profile one of our own. Susan Notkin is President of DAI’s Board of Directors, bringing us wisdom and expertise from a lifetime in child welfare. Susan is Associate Director…

In Good Conscience

As April draws to a close, the weather is warming and all around us nature is flourishing from the early spring rains. May is a month dedicated to raising awareness about children in foster care and…

The Lynn Franklin Fund’s Options Counseling Project

The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s (DAI) mission is to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption by providing leadership that promotes high ethical standards and improves laws, policies and practices through sound research, education and advocacy….

Deportation of Adoptees? We Must Do Better

There is a man right now in the United States facing the possibility of deportation. His name is Adam Crapser. Some people may start reading this and wonder why the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is writing…

Discovering Truth in Ohio

  Ohio has a lot to be proud of. Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Neil Armstrong was from Wapakoneta, Ohio. Seven U.S. Presidents were born in Ohio. In 1852, they…

Profile: Gary Mallon, Ph.D.

DAI is honored to profile Gary Mallon, the Julia Lathrop Professor of Child Welfare at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City as well as Executive Director for the National…

2015: The Year in Adoption

The world of adoption has radically changed over the past decade. Declines in international adoption, the impact of the internet and social media, the movement of access to information including original birth certificates and tools like…

How True to the Foster Care & Adoption Experience is the New “Annie”?

Little Orphan Annie, the spunky girl with the can-do spirit, has been part of American entertainment since the 1920s. Now audiences can experience a new spin on this rags-to-riches story – and its complex themes of…