Press Release


Media Advisory: For Immediate Release


NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2012 – Penelope (Penny) Maza, Ph.D., a highly respected and accomplished researcher in and out of government for over three decades, is joining the Donaldson Adoption Institute as a Senior Research Fellow, the Institute announced today.

Dr. Maza’s previous positions include Senior Policy Research Analyst and Assistance Branch Chief for the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Research Director of the Child Welfare League of America. She currently works as a consultant to a wide range of adoption, foster care and child welfare organizations.

“We are privileged to have Penny join us as a Senior Fellow,” said Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Adoption Institute. “She brings a caliber of knowledge and expertise that will further enhance our work and, most important, our ability to improve the lives of the children and families we serve.”

“To be asked to work with such a vital, high-impact organization is an honor – and an exciting opportunity.” said Dr. Maza. “I look forward to collaborating with my talented colleagues on many important projects in the months and years ahead.”

The other Senior Fellows – all among the most prominent and highly regarded researchers, lecturers, trainers and writers in the field today – are: Dr. Amanda Baden of Montclair University; Richard Barth of the University of Maryland; Dr. Devon Brooks of the University of Southern California; Professor Naomi Cahn of George Washington University Law School; Dr. Abbie Goldberg of Clark University, Dr. Harold Grotevant of the University of Massachusetts; Dr. Victor Groza of Case Western Reserve University; Dr. Dana Johnson of the International Adoption Clinic at the University of Minnesota; Dr. Ruth McRoy of Boston College; Dr. Laurie Miller of Tufts University; Dr. Ellen Pinderhughes of Tufts University; and Dr. Scott Ryan of The University of Texas at Arlington. For more complete information on all our Senior Fellows – current and new – go to:

The Institute created its Senior Research Fellows Program to raise the quality and impact of its work – and to improve adoption generally. The Fellows enhance and expand our initiatives by contributing their knowledge and expertise; by providing insights from their research and experience; by helping elevate the value and usefulness of our products so they achieve the highest possible standards; and by helping to focus our work on vitally important issues that affect tens of millions of children and families.

The Adoption Institute is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Its mission is to provide leadership that improves adoption 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 Adoption Institute, please go to or contact April Dinwodie at 212-925-4089 or For more information about the Senior Fellows program and to read their bios, go to: