Lion: An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Loss and Courage

On Christmas Day, I watched Lion with my family and it shook me to my core. Poignant, soul-wrenching and stunning with powerful acting, breathtaking cinematography and a touching musical score, Lion is deserving of its multiple…

From Paper Trail to DNA: an Australian-Vietnamese Adoptee’s Search for Kin

For many adopted people, adoption can feel like a series of transactions. According to DAI’s research and knowledge base of lived experiences, we understand that adoption is a lifelong journey that requires professionals and everyone in…

Race, Privilege and Family Relationships

This is the second guest blog post in our special Black History Month series by AdoptiveBlackMom (Lisa Greenhill). AdoptiveBlackMom is a diversity professional, social science researcher, writer, blogger, mom and full-time smarty pants living in the…

How I Got Here

AdoptiveBlackMom is a diversity professional, social science researcher, writer, blogger, mom and full-time smarty pants living in the Washington, D.C. area. Follow her on Twitter @AdoptiveBlackMom and like her Facebook page.  There are many writers chronicling…

Trauma, Race and Invisibility: The Power of Getting Woke

Melanie Chung-Sherman (LCSW-S, CTS, LCPAA, PLLC) is a Texas Board-certified clinical social worker and supervisor and a licensed child placing administrator through the state of Texas. Over the last 18 years, she has specialized in the…

Reforming Adoption at the Hyperlocal Level

This guest blog post was written by Lori Holden and Addison Cooper. Lori Holden, MA, writes at the award-winning site, LavenderLuz.com. She’s the author of The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption, written with her daughter’s birth mom and…

Lost and Found in Lion

Like its namesake, the movie Lion roars a powerful message about family, identity and the meaning of the journey we are all on to find our place in this world. For those of us connected to…

Measuring the Workplace Climate for Open Adoption Practice

This guest blog post was written by Dr. Tanya Bretherton. She is a Sydney-based research consultant, sociologist and writer with 20 years of experience in the fields of early childhood development, education and care, organizational culture…

What is the State of Adoption in America Today?

Over the last year, we asked ourselves a tough question: why—after 20 years, over 40 publications and 180 recommendations (and that is just from DAI alone)—have policies and practices not advanced far enough fast enough? With…

Access to Original Birth Certificates: A Human Right

When a child is adopted in America, his/her original birth certificate becomes sealed and an amended birth certificate is issued, which lists the adoptive parents as birth parents. Although openness and transparency are hallmarks of adoption…