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.

StarNews Online

Couples in 4 states say Carolina Beach woman played on adoption dreams

03/09/2017

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Author: F.T. Norton

April Dinwoodie, chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, said, "There are not a lot of formal statistics that address this specific issue of fraud, however anecdotal evidence does exist to indicate that at times this can unfortunately happen." Dinwoodie said the bigger issue is "the need for education and preparation for professionals and parents as well as stronger regulations surrounding advertising in adoption, in particular through the internet." Read more

The Baptist Standard

Baylor research sparks calls for change in adoption counseling

03/09/2017

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Author: Eric Eckert

For the past two years, Elissa Madden, assistant professor in Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, led a team of researchers who surveyed, interviewed and analyzed the responses of birth mothers who had placed a child for adoption and adoption professionals who work with expectant parents. The two-phase study was funded by The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s Lynn Franklin Fund and conducted in partnership with the School of Social Work at The University of Arlington. Read more

Deseret News

How TV reveals today’s challenges and realities of open adoption

03/02/2017

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Author: Chandra Johnson

"Shows like ‘This Is Us,’ they’re promising ways to look at this, and that’s critically important because entertainment doesn’t always help us see the issues that make us all look at family differently,” said April Dinwoodie, chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. “The fairy tale never gets to the truth, and it puts pressure on everybody — it relinquishes the birth parents to shame, it makes the adopted parents into saviors and at the center of it are the children.” Read more

Adoption Today

Building the Right Set for Adoption Conversations

03/01/2017

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Author: April Dinwoodie and Kimberly Paglino

For better or worse, pop culture does play an important role in influencing meaning and perceptions about a variety of life experiences and social constructs. One thing families can do is take advantage of media opportunities to kick start a conversation about adoption. Family movie night, before bed stories, or even just idle news chatter in the background at home can all be really useful opportunities for families to dive right into the waters of adoption talk! Read more

Adoption Today

Open Adoption: Breaking Barriers and Extending Families

02/01/2017

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Author: April Dinwoodie and Kimberly Paglino

In today’s modern adoption practice, openness is more than likely to be a part of the adoption experience. In fact, according to research conducted by The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), more than 95% of agencies provide some type of open adoption and more and more families who have come together through adoption do so with openness as a part of the planning. Read more

Adoption Today

A Human Rights Framework is Needed in Adoption

01/04/2017

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Author: April Dinwoodie and Kimberly Paglino

We cannot in good conscience continue to offer adoption as a solution that is in any child’s best interest if even one child becomes an adult who is so painfully and publicly rejected by a society that had promised to offer security and protection on that infamous “gotcha” day in court when they were very small. It is paramount that we move forward in adoption ensuring a human rights framework in every decision that is made on behalf of the most vulnerable members of society. Read more

The Chronicle of Social Change

Rethinking Adoption Reform

01/23/2017

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Author: April Dinwoodie and Kimberly Paglino

As we kick off 2017, DAI is committed to using what we have learned from this landmark initiative to enhance practice and advocate for policies that value modern-family dynamics and ensure every family has a chance to be strong. Our comprehensive Let's Adopt Reform report outlines five key areas that require our focus as we pledge to strengthen families in the new year and beyond. Read more

Fostering Families Today

Families Deserve to Be Strong

01/02/2017

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Author: April Dinwoodie and Richard Heyl de Ortiz

Within our unique experiences, what each of us has in common is the fact that we are connected to a family. We all have a family we are born to; some of us also have family we know through the experience of foster care or adoption. In adoption, it is essential that the family building experience is not considered complete when an adoption is finalized. Rather, like all experiences in life, the journey of adoption is one that evolves over time and has different needs at different junctures. Too often though, families that have experienced the complexities of adoption are left without the ongoing resources needed to ensure a healthy future. Read more

The Record

N.J. adoptees eager to learn details of their births

12/30/2016

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Author: Lindy Washburn

The New Jersey Birthright Law capped 34 years of advocacy by adopted people, primarily the New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education, for open access to adoptees' original birth certificates. The state is one of a growing number to allow such access — in this case with some restrictions, because birth parents were given a time window to request that their names be redacted. Twenty-one other states, including New York and California, do not allow access. Read more