We are pleased to share our just-released
2013 Annual Report
The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) announced the appointment of April Dinwoodie to the newly created position of Chief Executive. Dinwoodie, who has been a member of the Institute’s Board since 2010, assumes her position today. Also effective today, Adam Pertman – who has served as Executive Director of the Institute since 2002 – becomes President, with primary responsibility for creating and executing DAI’s programmatic, policy and advocacy initiatives. more
To read Executive Director Adam Pertman's latest Huffington Post commentary; A Lot to Learn: As the School Year Begins, Adoption Needs to be in the Curriculum. To view past commentaries, please visit his blog: www.adampertman.com.
The Adoption Institute has released an educational video about our work and impact. watch
A NEED TO KNOW: ENHANCING ADOPTION COMPETENCE AMONG MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, points out that one of the most frequent complaints from members of adoptive and birth/first families is an inability to find psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and related practitioners who understand the unique, adoption-related issues that can affect their identities, their relationships and other important components of their lives.
PROCEED WITH CAUTION: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS ABOUT ADOPTION ON THE INTERNET, provides a guide to help all parties find and receive services that are not just a business for the providers, but are sound and ethical. In an accompanying
press release, the Adoption Institute calls on officials throughout the U.S. to act against internet-based adoption providers who don’t comply with state legal requirements.
A FAMILY FOR LIFE: THE VITAL NEED TO ACHIEVE PERMANENCY FOR CHILDREN IN CARE, newly released in April 2013, based on extensive research throughout the U.S., England and Canada on 22 practices that facilitate the adoption of children from foster care. This Issue Brief is intended to provide a preview of and introduction to a book-length Compendium that the Institute plans to publish in late 2013.
Adoption Institute supporters from far and wide converged on Manhattan on May 9th for our 10th annual "Taste of Spring" food and wine benefit. Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-lee Furness, introduced (and lauded!) our 2013 Honoree, Jack Sussman, who as Executive Vice President for Specials, Music and Live Events for CBS Entertainment has broadcast Home for the Holidays for 14 years. The annual special tells the stories of children in foster care and helps them find permanent, loving families. Here’s a clip of Jackman’s remarks, captured by Entertainment Tonight.
NOVEMBER 2013 E-NEWSLETTERThe November 2013 Adoption Institute E-Newsletter is now available.
To access past issues, go to our archive.
INSTITUTE SUPPORTS SAFF ACTOn October 7, 2013, the Institute submitted comments, largely supporting and also offering recommendations, on Sen. Baucus’ (D-MT) Strengthening and Finding Families for Children Act discussion draft that would reauthorize the Adoption Incentives program, among other provisions.
SEEKING ADOPTIVE PARENTS
The Institute is seeking parents in every type of adoption for a new study on diversity issues in their families. Participants (one per family) are asked to fill out a 30-minute questionnaire on their experiences, beliefs and needs related to adoptive family life. Our goal is to inform best practices in providing services and supports. To fill out the survey online, please go to:
https://www.research.net/s/ZK8T7Y8. If you prefer a hard copy of the survey, email David Brodzinsky, Ph.D. at
FOR NEW INSTITUTE STUDY
COALITION, INCLUDING INSTITUTE,
The Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, a coalition of advocates that helped make the federal adoption tax credit permanent, has been chosen by the Joint Council on International Children’s Services for its 2012-2013 Outstanding Child Advocate Award. The Donaldson Adoption Institute is among the coalition members that will receive the honor at the Joint Council’s 37th Annual Child Welfare Symposium in NY on May 21.
WINS CHILD ADVOCATE AWARD
INSTITUTE NAMES NEW SENIOR FELLOWPenelope (Penny) Maza, Ph.D., a highly respected and accomplished researcher in and out of government for over three decades, is joining the Donaldson Adoption Institute as our newest Senior Research Fellow. more
ANNUAL REPORT 2012Our sincere thanks to everyone who generously responded to our year-end appeal. To see the kind of important work your support makes possible, click here
ADOPTION BY LESBIANS AND GAY MEN – BY DAVID BRODZINSKY & ADAM PERTMAN
To learn more about the latest publication from two of our staff members click here.
WE PROUDLY ANNOUNCE ADAM'S LATEST BOOK – THE REVIEWS ARE IN!Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America has been reviewed as "the most important book ever written on the subject." For additional reviews, click here. To learn more, go to: www.adampertman.com
SIBLINGS IN ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE: Traumatic Separations and Honored Connections – edited by Deborah N. Silverstein and Susan Livingston SmithThe topics covered in this compelling, comprehensive examination of sibling issues in adoption and foster care include: the importance of nurturing bonds and supporting relationships; the legal rights of brothers and sisters to be together; programs that maintain such connections; and sibling issues in international adoptions. To learn more or to purchase the book, click here.
We are conducting a new study seeking information from adopted persons, adoptive parents, birth/first parents and child welfare professionals about how the Internet and social media are impacting your lives. Please complete a survey – and spread the word widely to colleagues and friends. This research follows up on the Institute’s 2012 report Untangling the Web.
The Adoption Institute issued a press release calling on law enforcement officials, policymakers and adoption professionals to investigate and put a stop to activities such as "re-homing" – in which some Americans reportedly are using the internet to abandon their adopted children – and recommended legal, regulatory and practice changes to better protect children and to support families in crisis "so that no one ever feels that deserting their child is their last resort." more
The Adoption Institute 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 birth/first parents. The goal of the Fund is to ensure that the insights, experiences, needs and aspirations of this too-often-marginalized group are heard and reflected in adoption-related laws, policies and practices. more
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PERTMAN DISCUSSES ADOPTION ISSUES – AND HIS NEW BOOKOn BBC: here
On NBC Nightly News: here
In The Washington Post: here
On CNN: here
In the New York Times: here
On the Huffington Post: here
STAFF AND BOARD MEMBER IN THE PRESSDavid Brodzinsky, Research & Project Director for the Institute, in the Deseret News: here
Board Member Leslie Pate Mackinnon on Dan Rather Reports on HDNet entitled "Adopted or Abducted?": here
BEYOND CULTURE CAMP: PROMOTING HEALTHY IDENTITY IN ADOPTION, FOR PROFESSIONALSDesigned to help professionals identify factors that support, encourage and nurture the development of healthy identity formation for transracial adoptees, programs and services that enable adoptees to develop healthy identities, and What type of education is needed for professionals, parents and the public to support health identity formation. On June 2, 2010 more
BEYOND CULTURE CAMP: A PARENT'S GUIDE TO PROMOTING HEALTHY IDENTITY IN ADOPTIONAdoptive parents will not want to miss this webinar. All parents want their children to grow up with a healthy sense of self. Yet for transracially formed adoptive families, the notion that this will naturally develop cannot be taken for granted. On June 23, 2010. more
See our past webinars here
ADOPTIVE PARENT PREPARATIONThe Institute is working to make sure that adoptive placements are successful and permanent by shaping best-practice standards and providing training materials to help professionals in the preparation and support of adoptive parents. Trainings for professionals are now available or access a free copy of our timely report. For additional information on this initiative, contact Project Director David Brodzinsky.
EQUALITY FOR ADOPTEES & BIRTHPARENTSOur groundbreaking research is expanding the understanding of key policies and practices that are most helpful to birthmothers/fathers during the adoption process and throughout their lives; for more information, contact Program Director Susan Smith; Our research and advocacy work aims to help adult adoptees gain access to their original birth certificates; for information, contact Executive Director Adam Pertman.
EDUCATE THE EDUCATORS & THE MEDIAThe Institute works to improve curricula and to create a more supportive school environment for children who were adopted and/or in foster care. We also work with journalists to provide up-to-the-minute information with which to present a more accurate picture of adoption, foster care, and the millions of children and families they affect.
EVENTS AND STAFF APPEARANCESOur Executive Director Adam Pertman and senior staff frequently have appearances throughout the country. more
OUR HONORARY BOARD INCLUDES PROMINENT ADOPTION, ENTERTAINMENT AND BUSINESS PROFESSIONALSThe Institute has formed an Honorary Board, which is composed of distinguished professionals who have committed themselves to increase the Institute's impact, resources and support. more
Our 10th Annual "Taste of Spring" Gala was a success! more.