Widely recognized as a leading authority on issues related to adoption, DAI was often featured in major media outlets. Listed below are those highlighted moments.

Associated Press

Adoptees’ bid for access to birth certificates stirs debate



Author: David Crary

Back in 2000, Oregon and Alabama acted to ensure that people who’d been adopted could get access to their original birth certificates. Advocates of that goal, calling it an overdue recognition of basic rights, hoped the trend would sweep through the nation. It didn’t happen. The momentum slowed amid fights over personal privacy and other divisive issues. Today, just nine states give adoptees unrestricted access. Others provide limited access. And there’s no systematic access at all in about 20 states, including the four most populous — California, Texas, Florida and New York. Read more

Associated Press

For Advocates of Gay Adoption, Progress but Also Obstacles



Author: David Crary

Same-sex couples are nearly three times as likely to adopt as heterosexual couples, says Gary Gates, a specialist in LGBT demography. His latest analysis of Census Bureau data indicates that in 2015, the year that same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, there were 44,000 adopted children being raised by 28,000 same-sex couples. That number of children was double his estimate from 2013. Read more

The Chronicle of Social Change

Texas Law Prioritizes Child Welfare Providers Over Children



Author: April Dinwoodie, Kimberly Paglino, Mary Boo and Schylar Baber

Last month, Texas state lawmakers passed House Bill 3859, which will give child welfare agencies, including those that receive government funds, protections from legal challenge if they assert their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” This means that child welfare providers can discriminate against single parents, children and parents who identify as LGTBQ and individuals who practice a different religion. Read more

Human Rights Campaign

BREAKING: Discrimination Tentatively Approved by Texas Senate, Anti-LGBTQ HB 3859 Advances



Author: Nick Morrow

National child welfare organizations such as the Child Welfare League of America, the Donaldson Adoption Institute, North American Council on Adoptable Children and Voice for Adoption have condemned this bill in a letter to lawmakers. This law would most harm children in the system who are awaiting placement in qualified, loving homes and are instead forced to remain in care. Child welfare services should be guided by the overarching principle that guides all family law: all determinations should be in the “best interest of the child.” It isn’t in the best interest of a child to deny them a qualified, loving family simply because that family doesn’t share all of the tenets of the placing agency’s faith. Read more

Adoption Today

A New ‘PSA’ for Building Strong Families



Author: April Dinwoodie and Kimberly Paglino

When adoption is treated as a one-time transaction instead of the lifelong transformation it is, needs are often left unmet. The consequence of this range yet all serve to create a less than optimal family experience. What’s most needed now in adoption is to create a context in which we consider the needs of families within a framework of rights. The reality is, every family has a right to be provided with the supports needed to ensure their strength. These supports will differ based on the unique experience of each family, and the onus is on society to meet families where they are in order to create an environment in which families can thrive. As we embark upon National Foster Care month, a time to raise awareness and reflect in particular on adoption from foster care and older child adoption, it is critical that we renew a shared commitment to identify the needs of children and families and reframe the conversation as a matter of rights. Read more

The Daily Observer

Experts say more education needed for reproduction and adoption



Author: Makeida Antonio

During a discussion on OBSERVER AM yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer of the US-based Donaldson Adoption Institute, April Dinwoodie, said that more cohesive laws are needed in order to encourage adoption services in Antigua & Barbuda. “We think that uniformity of laws is critical. In the United States at this point in time, we have a variety of different kinds of laws and statutes that differ by state which makes it very confusing for both birth parents and adoptive parents as they navigate their options,” she said. Read more