How I Learned to Embrace Both Identities as an LGBTQI and Adoptive Parent

This guest blog post was written by LGBTQI equality advocate and Let’s Adopt Reform panelist Gabriel Blau. Known as “A Dad fighting for all dads,” Gabriel has represented these issues on television, in newspapers, and in front…

Identity in Adoption, a Right Not a Privilege

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune captures the moving story of a reunion between an 83-year-old adopted woman and her biological mother just weeks before her 100th birthday. Poignant adoption search and reunion stories are…

Losing My Birth Father

This guest blog post was written by international adopted person Carmen Hinckley. Carmen lives in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. If you’re interested in guest blogging…

Profile: Nathan Ross

NATHAN ROSS Position: Youth Programs Supervisor at FosterAdopt Connect Years of Service: 8 years Educational Background: BA in Social Psychology from Park University As a change agent and former foster youth adopted at 13 years old, Nathan began using his…

DAI’s Let’s Adopt Reform National Tour Panelists Share Their Adoption Experiences

Since last November, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) has traveled around the U.S. to educate and raise awareness about vital issues that impact the adoption and foster care adoption experiences. Through these critical conversations at our…

A Universal Right

Last month, several media outlets revealed the story of an adopted person in Iowa who had petitioned the Iowa courts to release the names of her biological parents based on medical need. Reportedly, she had struggled…

There’s No Room for Adoption Stigma in Ads

Misperceptions about adoption have led to thoughtlessness by individuals and brands as they make emotional elements surrounding adoption the punchline to a poorly crafted joke. We saw this last month in an ad created by Priceline…

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…

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…