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…

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…

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…

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…

Understanding Options Counseling Experiences in Adoption

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is excited to release our latest research report Understanding Options Counseling Experiences in Adoption: A Quantitative Analysis of First/Birth Parents and Professionals. This research was conducted by Dr. Elissa Madden, Assistant…

Unmasking the Truth about My Adoption

This guest blog post was written by Kevin Gladish, who was born, adopted, and raised in Cleveland, OH. He is a recent late discovery adoptee who is still searching for his birth family and writing about…