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…

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…

Why All Sibling Relationships are Real

This guest blog post was written by Mary Anna King. She is one of seven biological siblings who were adopted by five different families and raised separately. Her memoir Bastards (Ó 2015, W.W. Norton & Co) chronicles…

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…

National Adoption Month: Honoring the Lifelong Transformation, Not the One-time Transaction

November became National Adoption Month more than two decades ago under the Clinton administration, expanding from the initial week-long celebration. The intended purpose of this heightened awareness is to highlight the need to find families for…

Let’s Give Every Family the Chance to Be Strong

Family is the foundation of humanity, binding us together, even with the nuances that make our experiences discrete. Family is also the fundamental building block of society. We all, for better or for worse, have people…

Olympian Simone Biles Reminds Us: We Do Need to Get ‘Real’ About Adoption

What makes the news in adoption? Most frequently, it’s the sensational. It is the “Either/Or” theme or “Us vs. Them” mentality that makes the headlines – either extremely good OR terribly bad; either this OR that….