5 Things You Can Learn from a Family with Open Adoption

Paula Kanani Weeks is excited to expand her blogging world as a guest blogger.  As an open adoptive mother of two, she has 10 years of experience sharing her children with all seven families (bio and…

Meet the Hallman Family

Deb and Joe Hallman adopted Dylan and Jade at birth through Lutheran Social Services of Ilinois’ infant adoption program. Dylan is now 12 years old and Jade is 6. The Hallman family has recently relocated to…

Top Three Reasons to Learn More about Openness in Adoption

Openness is a common aspect of the adoption experience today with research showing that over 95 percent of agencies offer some form of open adoption. In many ways, the relationships that are developed through open adoption…

Seeking a Spring/Summer 2017 Communications and Development Intern

Spring/Summer 2017 Communications and Development Intern About The Donaldson Adoption Institute Since 1996, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) has been on a mission to improve the lives of children and families through research, education and advocacy….

In the Arena: The Stops and Starts of an Adoptee

Tim Monti-Wohlpart is the national Interim Legislative Chair and New York State Representative of the American Adoption Congress. He is a New York born adoptee in reunion since 1998. In 2002 and 2003, he served as…

How to Prevent Coercion in Newborn Adoption

My journey into domestic infant adoption started much like most newer adoptions do. I was in a crisis pregnancy and constantly worried about how I was going to raise a child as a single mother. In…

Understanding Options Counseling Experiences in Adoption: A Qualitative Analysis of First/Birth Parents and Professionals

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) has long since worked to explore and better understand the experiences of all members of the extended family of adoption. Through our works in areas impacting expectant and first/birth parents, we…

Women, Family and Adoption: Reclaiming Our Narrative

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is excited to be hosting an important event about the experiences of expectant and first/birth parents in adoption. Join us on March 21st, 2017, for “Women, Family and Adoption: Reclaiming our…

Lion: An Extraordinary Journey of Love, Loss and Courage

Dr. Stephanie Kripa-Coooper Lewter is an Indian-American social worker, life coach, speaker, author and philanthropist. She came to America as a toddler through international adoption from an orphanage in India giving her tender heart a deep…

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…