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…

A Reflection on the State Department’s Report on Intercountry Adoption

This guest blog post was written by clinical social worker Marie Dolfi. Marie specializes in counseling prospective adoptive parents, adopted people, adoptive families and first/birth parents. Learn more about Marie’s services, work and upcoming events on her…

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….

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….

It’s Time to Support ALL Families in Adoption

Adoption by same-sex couples became legal nationwide when a U.S. judge removed Mississippi’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples in March 2016. Despite this landmark legislation, same-sex couples still face barriers in the foster care and…

New Ways of Uniting Families

During National Foster Care Month, our awareness is heightened about the needs of children who live with foster families as well as those who are waiting in foster care to be adopted. This year’s theme, “Honoring,…

Simple Dreams on the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is upon us, marking a great moment in history as it signifies our official independence as a nation. All across America the red, white and blue will be waving. Families will gather…

Today, A Commitment to Families

Today, January 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued their opinion in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al., ultimately declaring that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. As leading child welfare organizations,…