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.

The Chronicle of Social Change

The Fight for Racial Equity in Child Welfare Continues

07/29/2017

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Author: Tashira Halyard

“All we really needed was some therapy. Foster care just made things worse.” These words from “Michelle,” an African-American woman discussing her experiences in foster care at a recent panel discussion, are a reminder of how our child welfare systems struggle to meet the needs of children and families. Michelle was a teenager when she was placed in foster care due to conflicts at home. Her father had recently passed away, and her relationship with her stepmother was getting more and more difficult. Given the trauma of her father’s death, especially during adolescence, Michelle was likely acting out because of grief. Read more

GlobeNewswire

Survey: More Americans Are Considering Children in Foster Care When Looking to Adopt

07/24/2017

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Author: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

“There is a much more robust conversation in this country about children in foster care than in the past, which is giving more children hope,” said Rita Soronen, President & CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. “These children are just like any other child. They’ve simply had a rough start in life, but they are available for adoption and deserve a permanent family and a safe home.” Read more

GlobeNewswire

How a Change in Attitude Toward Adoption From Foster Care is Changing Lives Across Canada

07/24/2017

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Author: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

According to a recent survey conducted by Nielson on behalf of the Foundation, 26 percent of Canadians who haven’t adopted are considering it, up 5 percent since 2012. Of those individuals, more than half (58%) are considering foster care adoption. This is encouraging news as more and more children enter the foster care system each year. Giving more hope to the Foundation is the discovery that of the Canadians considering foster care adoption, more than 66 percent are serious about it, which is an 11% increase over 2012 and could result in more adoptive homes for waiting children. Read more

The Chronicle of Social Change

Survey: In Past Decade, Foster Care-Adoption Gains Popularity While Private Adoption’s Rep Takes Hit

07/24/2017

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Author: John Kelly

But Americans’ views of the vehicles for adoption seem to have swung in the favor of children in foster care, while more remain somewhat wary of the private industry. In 2007, 68 percent of respondents reported favorable or very favorable views of the private adoption industry. That declined to 42 percent in 2012, and has only slightly ticked up to 43 percent this year. Read more

Vox

Why adoption plays such a big, contentious role in US-Russia relations

07/22/2017

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Author: Kathryn Joyce

The notion of adoption being used as a cover for dirty politics has become an absurdist punchline, but the issue of US adoptions from Russia has, in fact, long been an intensely political one. For much of the period from the mid-’90s to 2012, Russia was one of the top three “sending” countries supplying adoptable children to the US. (Nos. 1 and 2 in recent years have been China and Ethiopia.) But in late 2012, in retaliation for a US law that imposed sanctions on Russian officials accused of human rights violations (the Magnitsky Act), Russia retaliated by barring US families from adopting Russian children. Read more