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…

It’s Time to Support ALL Families in Adoption

Adoption by same-sex couples became legal nationwide when a U.S. judge removed Mississippi’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples in March 2016. Despite this landmark legislation, same-sex couples still face barriers in the foster care and…

New Ways of Uniting Families

During National Foster Care Month, our awareness is heightened about the needs of children who live with foster families as well as those who are waiting in foster care to be adopted. This year’s theme, “Honoring,…

13th Annual Taste of Spring Photo Recap

13th Annual Taste of Spring Photo Recap Last night, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) proudly celebrated its 13th annual Taste of Spring Food and Wine Benefit at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. More than…

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…

Transaction to Transformation

  The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) launched our Let’s Adopt Reform initiative in August 2015 to ignite a national conversation about adoption and foster care adoption in the 21st century. The reality is, with all that…

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…