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DAI seeks to end negative stereotypes and misinformation about adoption by providing an accurate picture of its rewards, as well as its challenges. To address misperceptions, DAI develops and implements programs to better inform the adoption community, adoption practitioners, journalists and educators.
Eliminating Barriers to Adoption for Children in Need of Families
To assist professionals in preparing adoptive parents to meet the mental health and developmental needs of their children, our Adoptive Parent Preparation Project outlines best-practice standards for supporting children.
Promoting Ethical and Equitable Adoption Policies and Practices
DAI is completing a curriculum on adoption openness, Making Open Adoption Work for You: A Training for Parents, that seeks to promote positive identity in adopted children by preparing and supporting both expectant parents considering adoption and pre-adoptive parents to develop positive open adoption relationships.
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. Creating an Adoption Clubhouse, a collaborative effort with Lutheran Social Services of New England, will be a support curriculum for transracially/culturally adopted children and their families.
DAI’s Adoption in the Schools: A Lot to Learn, for the first time brings together research and experience on a range of issues adoptive families are confronting, and it offers recommendations for how educators can better meet those challenges.
Enhancing Supports for Everyone in the Extended Family of Adoption
One of the most frequent complaints from members of adoptive and first/birth families is an inability to find psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other mental health professionals who understand the unique adoption issues that can affect identities and relationships.
DAI’s A Need to Know recommends that mental health professionals receive more and better training to address that need. DAI seeks to raise the level of professionals’ awareness about the nature and importance of adoption clinical competence, heighten their desire to receive such training, and identify various means by which the relevant knowledge and skills can be obtained.