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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…

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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….

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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…

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Making Open Adoption Work for You

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…

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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…

A Lot to Learn: As the School Year Begins, Adoption Needs to be in the Curriculum

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/161GBCi Even as adoption becomes increasingly normalized in the U.S., adoptive families continue to confront roadblocks for their children in a place they expected only smooth roads:…

Paul Ryan + Mother’s Day + Gay Marriage = Doing What’s Best for Children

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/12ZCBgv. It’s not yet time to declare a momentous victory, but it’s certainly a sign of progress that even staunch social conservatives like U.S. Rep. Paul…

A Family for Life: The Vital Need to Achieve Permanency for Children in Care

Permanency equals a sense of belonging. When it comes to permanency for youth in care, there’s one simple fact: it’s a basic human need that everyone should be entitled to. We should all know where we…

Equal Rights for All: It’s Finally Time for Adopted People, Too

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/ZwCCWR As our country has focused enormous attention in recent days on the rights of one minority, gay men and lesbians, we continue (alas) to give…

My Family Is Not a ‘Second-Best Option’

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/13Y55fP. I hadn’t known it until just this week, but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Ronald Reagan, singer Marie Osmond, actor Hugh Jackman, journalist…