Press Release



NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2007 – The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is proud to announce that Madelyn Freundlich – one of the most accomplished researchers, writers and policy experts on issues relating to adoption and foster care – is joining our staff, effective immediately. Her primary responsibilities will include oversight of legislative and advocacy activities, including work in the Institute’s new office in Washington, D.C., as well as research and program/project supervision.

Freundlich, who holds advanced degrees in law and social work, has held senior positions at Children’s Rights Inc., the Child Welfare League of America, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She also recently served as one of the Senior Research Fellows of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and was instrumental in building the Institute into the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field as its founding Executive Director.

“Madelyn is an extraordinary professional; it’s an understatement to say we’re delighted to welcome her back,” said Adam Pertman, the Institute’s Executive Director. “Her return shows the increasingly high-caliber of our staff and, most important, it signals that our work will continue to have positive, growing impact on the millions of children and families for whom adoption is an everyday reality.”

“The Adoption Institute is simply vital to the field and to all the children and families who benefit from its work,” said Freundlich. “I feel lucky to work with such talented colleagues at the Institute and look forward to helping them achieve their – make that `our’ – unique mission.”

Freundlich is the author or co-author of scores of professional journal articles, policy analyses, and books on subjects ranging from fetal alcohol syndrome, to “embryo adoption,” to foster care privatization, to the institutionalization of children. She has done seminal research and writing on the topic of ethics in adoption, and is a highly sought-after trainer, speaker and program/project developer. For more details about her professional background, go to:

Freundlich will work from New York, where the Institute has its national headquarters. Her fellow policy staff members are Dr. David Brodzinsky in California, Dr. Jeanne Howard in Illinois, Hollee McGinnis in New York, and Susan Smith in North Carolina. Pertman is based in our office in Massachusetts.

The Adoption Institute’s 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 achieve its goals, the Institute conducts and synthesizes research; offers education to inform public opinion; promotes ethical practices and legal reforms, and works to translate policy into action. The Institute is nonpartisan, non-profit and independent of any constituency or cause.

For more information about Freundlich, the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, its Senior Research Fellows Program, or any of its other programs or projects, please contact Chief Executive April Dinwoodie at 212-925-4089 or