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…

Openness in Adoption: What a Concept!

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is pleased to launch a new educational curriculum “Openness in Adoption: What a Concept!” The curriculum is intended for parents who are experiencing or considering openness in adoption as well as…

Adoption in America Today: The Good, the Bad, and a Path to Reform

Our Let’s Adopt Reform initiative continues with an important message shedding light on perspectives surrounding adoption, foster care adoption and family. Please click below to view the SlideShare and please be sure to view in full-screen….

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…