Influencing Change: 2014 Annual ReportThe past year has been one of incredible change in the adoption and foster care communities - and for DAI as well. To find out what DAI did to meet these challenges, please click below.
Check out DAI’s Winter NewsletterIn this issue we showcase the Modern Family pillar, DAI's outlook for 2015 and feature a profile of child welfare advocate Dr. Gary Mallon.
DAI's Four PillarsWith a clear and strategic focus in four key areas, DAI will continue to uncover and amplify opportunities to encourage adoption reform and practically meet the needs of our ever-evolving community and the professionals that serve it.
AdvocacyDAI provided input on The Children in Families First Act to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate sponsors, other key Members and the Secretary of State.
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ResearchDAI is publishing the results of two major studies on adoption support and preservation (ASAP), along with a Policy Brief, as the latest part of our national Keeping the Promise initiative.
- Making Open Adoption Work for YouRead >>
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 expectant parents considering adoption for their children and prospective adoptive parents – for developing effective open adoption relationships. It will contain a Trainer’s Guide, a PowerPoint presentation and a DVD.
- Adoption Clubhouse: Positive Identity Formation for Transracially Adopted ChildrenRead >>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 collaboration with Lutheran Social Services of New England, is designed to support transracially/culturally adopted children and their families. It also contains a Resource Guide and an Activity Workbook.
- Safeguarding the Rights and WellBeing of Birthparents IIRead >>
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. The work is made possible by the Lynn Franklin Fund – a unique, dedicated source of financing for DAI projects that focus on the insights, experiences, needs and aspirations of this too-often-marginalized group.
- Diversity in Adoptive FamiliesRead >>
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 variety of family types. This research will analyze straight and gay/lesbian families, in racial and transracial families, and families with various levels of openness and types of adoption.
- A Family for Life: A Compendium of Effective and Promising Practices for Facilitating Adoptions from Foster CareRead >>
- Supporting and Preserving Adoptive Families: Profiles of Publicly Funded Post-Adoption ServicesRead >>
- Keeping the Promise: The Case for Adoption Support and PreservationRead >>
- A Changing World: Shaping Best Practices through Understanding of the New Realities of Intercountry AdoptionRead >>
- A Need to Know: Enhancing Adoption Competence Among Mental Health ProfessionalsRead >>
- Untangling the Web: The Internet’s Transformative Impact on AdoptionRead >>
- Untangling the Web II: A Research-Based Roadmap for ReformRead >>
- Adoption in the Schools: A Lot to LearnRead >>