Eclipsing Antiquated Laws

Unlike the eclipse, gazing directly into the light of equal access to records is not damaging to the viewer.  Instead, it is liberating. Healing. Satisfying. Empowering. Affirming. And yes, sometimes it can be terrifying and often transforming. 

Shared Humanity, Shared Freedom

It is that time of summer when freedom is on all of our minds as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day. Amid the fireworks, sun tanning and barbecues, we can’t help but think of the spaces…

Adopted People in NY Deserve Their Truth

Today’s modern family is evolving and ever changing and so too are their needs. Regardless of makeup, all families have a need and a right to be healthy and strong, which requires families to be able…

The Adoption Institute is Up to the Task

Last week, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) launched the initial phase of a new project called OBC 2020. This is a multi-phase project that has an overarching goal of supporting states without campaigns in developing active,…

50 States. 1 Movement. Restore Adoptee Rights!

When a person is adopted, his/her original birth certificate (OBC) becomes sealed and a new, “amended” birth certificate is issued. The amended birth certificate alters essential facts of the adopted person’s birth. In most states today,…

In the Arena: The Stops and Starts of an Adoptee

Tim Monti-Wohlpart is the national Interim Legislative Chair and New York State Representative of the American Adoption Congress. He is a New York born adoptee in reunion since 1998. In 2002 and 2003, he served as…

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…

Unmasking the Truth about My Adoption

This guest blog post was written by Kevin Gladish, who was born, adopted, and raised in Cleveland, OH. He is a recent late discovery adoptee who is still searching for his birth family and writing about…

Profile: Nathan Ross

NATHAN ROSS Position: Youth Programs Supervisor at FosterAdopt Connect Years of Service: 8 years Educational Background: BA in Social Psychology from Park University As a change agent and former foster youth adopted at 13 years old, Nathan began using his…

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…

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