Simple Dreams on the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is upon us, marking a great moment in history as it signifies our official independence as a nation. All across America the red, white and blue will be waving. Families will gather…

Today, A Commitment to Families

Today, January 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued their opinion in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al., ultimately declaring that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. As leading child welfare organizations,…

On Father’s Day, Thinking of the Dad Who Raised Me — and the Father Who Might Not Know I Exist

This week, the Huffington Post published a piece by our Chief Executive April Dinwoodie.  Below is an excerpt from the original post found here. I think about my dad and my father a lot. As a…

Will & Kristen’s TV Movie ‘A Deadly Adoption’ Is No Laughing Matter

Every day at the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), we search the news to stay current on issues relating to adoption and foster care adoption in order to keep our community and the general public informed about…

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…