a message from The donaldson adoption institute

Everything we have done and every action we have taken has been made possible by the steadfast support from all of our generous donors, the heart of our precious community, and the hard work of our staff, board, and volunteers who have dedicated their valuable time and talents to advance DAI’s work.

After more than twenty years of providing leadership to improve the lives of children and strengthen families, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) will be winding down our operation.

We are very proud of the contributions we have made in providing groundbreaking research, world-class education, and passionate advocacy--- all in service of shedding much needed light and understanding on the topics that matter most to those closest to adoption and foster care. Unfortunately, DAI’s board and leadership concluded that the challenge of raising sufficient funding to run and grow the organization was no longer feasible and thus, we have made the difficult decision to close. An archive of DAI’s work will remain online and accessible however, our active engagement in adoption reform will come to an end on January 4, 2018.

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Research

DAI’s center of gravity has always been research. We have conducted original research to fill gaps in current knowledge and to inform best practices in the fields of adoption and foster care.

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Education

Through education, DAI’s work has brought about understanding for society as well as the systems that serve families in order to shift perceptions and create meaningful change.

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Advocacy

DAI has made recommendations based on research findings to achieve best practices and advance sound law and policy in adoption and foster care practices.

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