The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is proud to announce the creation of the Lynn Franklin Fund – a unique, dedicated source of financing for research and advocacy on the issues and concerns that matter most to first/birth parents. The goal of the Franklin Fund is to make certain that the insights, experiences, needs and aspirations of this too-often-marginalized group are heard in every relevant discussion of adoption-related laws, policies and practices.
Lynn Franklin is a first/birth mother and reform advocate who has been in reunion for over 20 years. An accomplished writer and agent, Lynn told her story in May the Circle Be Unbroken: An Intimate Journey into the Heart of Adoption. The Fund was created to honor her life and her service as a founding member of DAI’s Board of Directors, and to build on our pioneering and long-standing work in the field.
In 2006, the Institute published the most comprehensive, research-based report in this critical area. Safeguarding the Rights and Well-Being of Birth Parents in the Adoption Process remains the most thorough, intensive and sophisticated effort to date to understand contemporary infant adoption, particularly as it relates to the least-understood and most-stigmatized participants in the process. Through the Franklin Fund, we will update and expand this vital initiative in the coming year.
DAI is also a leader in many other areas of adoption reform, particularly the movement to restore the right of adult adoptees to access their original birth certificates; our work on this issue includes research-based reports, educational events, and advocacy such as providing legislative testimony. The Institute has also played a critical role in pressing for a re-examination of state “safe haven” laws, based on the findings in our Unintended Consequences report. Through the Lynn Franklin Fund, we will update and expand these vital initiatives in the coming year.
These are just a few examples of the kind of unique, important work that – with your help – will be enabled by the Lynn Franklin Fund. Please help make it a reality by donating as generously as you can ONLINE, or mail your check (with “Lynn Franklin Fund” in the memo field) to The Donaldson Adoption Institute, 120 E. 38th Street, New York, NY 10016.
On behalf of Lynn and all of us at DAI, thank you.