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…

In No One’s Best Interest

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is proud to have partnered with Voice for Adoption (VFA) and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) in an article discussing the need to ensure child welfare policies focus…

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,…

Keeping it ‘REAL’ in Adoption and Foster Care

The month of May is an opportunity to raise awareness, provide education and engage in advocacy work surrounding foster care and foster care adoption. This May, National Foster Care Month is focused on strengthening and empowering…

5 Things You Can Learn from a Family with Open Adoption

Paula Kanani Weeks is excited to expand her blogging world as a guest blogger.  As an open adoptive mother of two, she has 10 years of experience sharing her children with all seven families (bio and…

Meet the Hallman Family

Deb and Joe Hallman adopted Dylan and Jade at birth through Lutheran Social Services of Ilinois’ infant adoption program. Dylan is now 12 years old and Jade is 6. The Hallman family has recently relocated to…

Top Three Reasons to Learn More about Openness in Adoption

Openness is a common aspect of the adoption experience today with research showing that over 95 percent of agencies offer some form of open adoption. In many ways, the relationships that are developed through open adoption…

Seeking a Spring/Summer 2017 Communications and Development Intern

Spring/Summer 2017 Communications and Development Intern About The Donaldson Adoption Institute Since 1996, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) has been on a mission to improve the lives of children and families through research, education and advocacy….

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…