How to Prevent Coercion in Newborn Adoption

My journey into domestic infant adoption started much like most newer adoptions do. I was in a crisis pregnancy and constantly worried about how I was going to raise a child as a single mother. In…

Understanding Options Counseling Experiences in Adoption: A Qualitative Analysis of Birth Parents and Professionals

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) has long since worked to explore and better understand the experiences of all members of the extended family of adoption. Through our works in areas impacting expectant and birth parents, we…

Understanding Options Counseling Experiences in Adoption

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is excited to release our latest research report Understanding Options Counseling Experiences in Adoption: A Quantitative Analysis of Birth Parents and Professionals. This research was conducted by Dr. Elissa Madden, Assistant…

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 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…

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…

CELEBRATE Mothers in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders in May

Mother’s Day evokes handmade cards from grade school kids to their moms, flowery cards to new moms, and loving cards for years of devotion to mothers from their adult children. For mothers who grapple with substance…

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…

A Universal Right

Last month, several media outlets revealed the story of an adopted person in Iowa who had petitioned the Iowa courts to release the names of her biological parents based on medical need. Reportedly, she had struggled…