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….

Our Differences: Let’s Celebrate Instead of Shame

Bullying is far from a childhood rite of passage – it’s a public health issue. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, “one out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school…

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…

Profile: Nathan Ross

NATHAN ROSS Position: Youth Programs Supervisor at FosterAdopt Connect Years of Service: 8 years Educational Background: BA in Social Psychology from Park University As a change agent and former foster youth adopted at 13 years old, Nathan began using his…

DAI’s Let’s Adopt Reform National Tour Panelists Share Their Adoption Experiences

Since last November, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) has traveled around the U.S. to educate and raise awareness about vital issues that impact the adoption and foster care adoption experiences. Through these critical conversations at our…

A Universal Right

Last month, several media outlets revealed the story of an adopted person in Iowa who had petitioned the Iowa courts to release the names of her biological parents based on medical need. Reportedly, she had struggled…

Transaction to Transformation

  The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) launched our Let’s Adopt Reform initiative in August 2015 to ignite a national conversation about adoption and foster care adoption in the 21st century. The reality is, with all that…

Add Your Voice and #AdoptReform

A recent ad by Priceline, which mocked an intercountry adoption gone awry, sparked an outcry from many members of the adoption community that ultimately led to Priceline removing the ad from their YouTube page. This is…

A Child is Born: An Adoption Journey Through the Holidays

It starts with Thanksgiving and it is all about family. The ultimate “Throwback Thursday,” Thanksgiving is a time when old family folklore is rehashed, new memories are made, clashes can explode and legacies are embedded into…

National Adoption Month: What We ARE Grateful For

Almost twenty years ago, November was designated as National Adoption Month (NAM). Its core purpose was to focus on the needs of children in foster care who were awaiting the permanency of adoption. With over 100,000…