From the desk of April Dinwoodie
Welcome to a special edition of The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) Newsletter. Our focus this quarter will be on Let’s Adopt Reform, DAI’s exciting new initiative that aims to ignite a national conversation about adoption in the 21st century to encourage change and strengthen all families.
On Wednesday, November 4, we kicked off Let’s Adopt Reform with a Town Hall in New York City. Hundreds of people, in person and online, came together to listen, share and learn. The evening was moderated by the extraordinary Michaela Pereira, best known as an anchor of CNN New Day. Michaela shared her own journey as an adopted person and led the lively and informative discussion. You may view the entire event here.
This was just the first stop in our four-city national tour. These events will reflect the overall Let’s Adopt Reform mission: to move from a transactional to a transformational approach to adoption. They are designed to help DAI gather deeper understanding of the perceptions of adoption and foster care adoption in the 21st century, and in turn to help us shape policy and practice solutions. Each stop on the tour will cover all of DAI’s four pillars.
True to our heritage, the other central element in our Let’s Adopt Reform initiative is research. Over the past several months, DAI commissioned Research in Kind to conduct a comprehensive national survey of public opinion on the landscape of adoption in the 21st century. More specifically, this research has helped us gain an understanding of how the American people, including the adoption community, perceive and respond to adoption, foster care adoption, and the policies surrounding both. We will explore these questions further during the national tour.
I am thrilled to share with you some of the results from that research survey in this Newsletter. As you will see, I have highlighted one finding in each of our pillars. These are meant to give you a flavor of what we found out, and it will be my pleasure to present more results down the road.
If you haven’t done so yet, I urge you to read and sign the Let’s Adopt Reform open letter. It’s an easy yet vital way for you to become a part of this exciting endeavor. Together, we can build community, change perceptions and strengthen families.