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…

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…

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…

Diversity in Adoptive Families

To inform best practices in providing services and support to families, DAI is examining pre­ and post­ adoption education and support, parental beliefs and attitudes – as well as children’s characteristics and adjustment – in a…

Safeguarding the Rights and Well­Being of Birthparents II

This nascent study, on best practices in options counseling for pregnant women considering adoption for their children, is part of our ongoing research and advocacy on the issues and concerns that matter most to first/birth parents….

Adoption Clubhouse: Positive Identity Formation for Transracially Adopted Children

Building on two of our previous studies – “Beyond Culture Camp” and “Finding Families for African American Children,” Adoption Clubhouse focuses on promoting positive identity in children adopted across race and culture. This curriculum, created in…

Open Adoption: What a Concept

DAI is completing a curriculum on adoption openness that seeks to promote positive identity in adopted children.. The curriculum, designed for professionals to work with their clients, seeks to prepare the parties to adoption – both…

A Family for Life: Facilitating Adoptions of Children in Care

We are in the process of completing a book­ length compendium for release in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, in partnership with the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. In this ambitious publication, we…