MEDIA ADVISORY: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Policy Director Appointed to the Adoption Institute
McGinnis brings unique skills, experience and insight into her new role, derived from a combination of her research, work in the adult adoptee community, and academic studies in policy and clinical social work. She speaks regularly to adoption agencies, adoptive parent support groups and at conferences, addressing subjects ranging from racial and ethnic identity to parenting adopted children.
“I have worked at the grass-roots level for a long time for fellow adult adoptees,” McGinnis said. “My decision to focus on social policy now is based on a desire to effect change at a systemic level – and no organization is doing that more effectively than the Adoption Institute. So I’m excited about this job and about the opportunity to work with the Executive Director, Adam Pertman, who is a passionate leader and advocate for all members of the adoption triad, and for honest and ethical adoption practice.”
McGinnis founded Also-Known-As, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that has played an instrumental role in developing post-adoption services and resources for internationally adopted people and their families, including a mentorship program for adopted youth. She has been published in two anthologies, Parents at Last: Celebrating Adoption and the New Pathways to Parenthood and Voices from Another Place, and was the editor of Transcultured Magazine, which chronicles the adoption life journey. She has been interviewed by numerous media, including the New York Times and the PBS show Asian America Voice.
Most recently, McGinnis completed the Post-Masters Clinical Social Work Fellowship program at the Yale Child Study Center, where she provided therapeutic services for families and children (many in foster care), and helped develop an adoptive parent educational group at the Yale International Adoption Clinic.
Pertman said he was “more than thrilled” at McGinnis’ appointment. “I can’t say enough good things about Hollee, about her intelligence, and about her broad range of talents,” he added. “The Adoption Institute is very lucky to have her, and I personally look forward to working with her for a very long time.”
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is one of the pre-eminent adoption policy, research and education organizations in its field. A national nonprofit based in New York, the Adoption Institute works to improve the lives of everyone touched by adoption – especially children – by providing research-based, unbiased information that leads to better policies, practices, laws and attitudes.
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