Policy & Practice
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute develops and implements a range of ethics-based policy and practice initiatives to address the critical issues facing the field of adoption. Efforts have focused on legal and policy issues including the relationship between welfare reform and the adoption of children in foster care, interstate barriers to adoption, and the law related to access to identifying information. For a listing of current Institute iniatives, see Programs & Projects.
Policy & Practice Papers
The Adoption Institute periodically publishes issue briefs and papers focusing on important and timely questions and issues in adoption. Issues briefs are published as Policy Perspectives papers and cover a range of topics. more
The Adoption Institute has been involved in formulating legislation, providing testimony and letters at the federal and state level on a variety of issues relating to adoption, as well as submitting information in legal cases. more
The following is a brief list of other national organizations working on adoption, child welfare and related topics, as well as other policy and governmental resources. more
Continuing Legal Education
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute – nationally recognized for its ethics-based policy and education initiatives – is now putting research into practice by offering continuing legal education courses for adoption attorneys. The Adoption Institute already addresses legal and policy issues affecting adoption through legal advocacy in our legislative system and courts and by issuing Policy Perspective briefs and papers. Now, by bringing together years of research and the knowledge and practice of experienced adoption attorneys, we are providing ethics-based continuing legal education courses to inform and educate attorneys as they navigate through the complicated legal issues of interstate, intrastate and international adoption practice. more