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…

What is the State of Adoption in America Today?

Over the last year, we asked ourselves a tough question: why—after 20 years, over 40 publications and 180 recommendations (and that is just from DAI alone)—have policies and practices not advanced far enough fast enough? With…

Access to Original Birth Certificates: A Human Right

When a child is adopted in America, his/her original birth certificate becomes sealed and an amended birth certificate is issued, which lists the adoptive parents as birth parents. Although openness and transparency are hallmarks of adoption…

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…

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…

There’s No Room for Adoption Stigma in Ads

Misperceptions about adoption have led to thoughtlessness by individuals and brands as they make emotional elements surrounding adoption the punchline to a poorly crafted joke. We saw this last month in an ad created by Priceline…

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…