Press Release


Media Advisory: For Immediate Release


New York, July 9, 2010 – The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute today announced the launch of a new program to provide attorneys with continuing legal education credits in adoption ethics, part of our ongoing efforts to improve the field of adoption by putting “research into practice.”

The first set of courses, approved by the Florida State Bar and available as of July 15, will provide up to 12 hours of Ethics or General continuing legal education credits to adoption attorneys in Florida, as well as to attorneys in other states who meet the requirements. The Institute is offering the courses in partnership with Ethica, Inc. To ask questions, get more information or sign up for the courses (which are provided on self-guided DVDs), please go to, email or contact our CLE Course Coordinator, Mari Cochran, at 828-989-4511.

This program is based on the Adoption Ethics & Accountability conference that the Adoption Institute and Ethica co-sponsored in October 2007 in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together over 80 adoption professionals from the U.S. and other nations to examine and address ethical issues in domestic infant adoption, international adoption, and the adoption of children from the domestic foster care system. The contents of the conference constitute the most current and comprehensive review of the complex ethical questions in adoption. The courses offered beginning July 15 will provide legal professionals with pivotal information about the fundamental issues, considerations and legal matters relating to birthparents, adopted children and adults, and current and prospective adoptive parents.

“The Adoption Institute has had a longtime commitment to promoting ethics and best practices,” said Executive Director Adam Pertman. “So it’s very exciting to be able to broaden our efforts to specifically include a group of professionals that plays a critically important role in the adoption field.”

The Adoption Institute already strives to improve adoption law, policy and practice through trainings for professionals and families; with advocacy and education in the legislative system and courts; and by publishing and disseminating studies, research-based reports and other educational materials. Now, by bringing together years of research and the knowledge of experienced attorneys, the Adoption Institute is adding continuing education courses to its growing list of programmatic initiatives.

The Adoption Institute is an independent, nonpartisan national nonprofit that is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Its mission is to provide leadership that improves laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption.

To learn more about the Institute, go to its award-winning website,, write to or call 212-925-4089. Institute Chief Executive April Dinwoodie can be reached at or 212-925-4089. To learn more about our partner in the continuing education program, Ethica, go to