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.

Cleveland.com

U.S. adoption system needs more transparency: Sharon Broussard

11/11/2016

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Author: Sharon Broussard

April Dinwoodie, CEO of The Donaldson Adoption Institute, an adoption research and advocacy organization based in New York City, wants us to face some uncomfortable truths about adoption in the U.S. And as hard as it is to hear them, we ought to listen if we want to help more adopted children grow up with healthy attachments to their adoptive and even biological families. Read more

Adoption Today

Roundup of DAI’s Research Reports

11/01/2016

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Author: April Dinwoodie and Kimberly Paglino

Last November, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) was about to embark on our Let’s Adopt Reform National Tour. This effort included a four-city town hall tour, a virtual audience that included hundreds of participants, and a dynamic conversation that left us wiser, inspired and invigorated to continue our work to create the changes necessary to recognize adoption as a lifelong journey, respect the rights of everyone in the adoption community, and ultimately ensure strong families in adoption and foster care adoption. We’re excited to launch several new projects this fall and early winter that ideally will contribute to the actions necessary to support children and families. Here is a sneak preview of DAI’s Fall programs and projects! Read more

ESME

Talking Truth About Adoption

10/27/2016

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Author: Sarah Netter

More than 60% of Americans today are somehow connected to adoption. When a child is adopted, it creates a ripple effect, touching the lives of not only the child’s parents and birth parents but also his or her extended family, friends, teachers, social workers, and future children and grandchildren. Yet persistent myths are hard to shake, and perception, rather than fact, keeps the often damaging untruths in circulation. Read more

Adoption Today

Race, Class and Culture: A Conversation with April Dinwoodie

09/06/2016

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Author: April Dinwoodie

Transracial adoptions are an increasingly common aspect of the adoption experience. While transracial adoptive families represent the most visibly obvious adoptive families, it is arguable that all adoptions – even those where families of experience closely resemble families of origin – are transcultural. No two families are exactly the same and no two families operate exactly the same. Read more

Romper

Why Is Adoption So Expensive? A Look At The Rising Costs

08/26/2016

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Author: Mariah MacCarthy

I'd received a lot of info about my son's adoptive family when I was in the process of placing him, including their occupations, salaries, and debt. However, it had never occurred to me to even think about how much they were paying the agency, or the expense adoption must have meant for them. Four years after the fact, however, I have decided to investigate. Why is adoption so expensive? And how the heck did it get that way? Read more

Adoption Today

An Adoption Road Map

07/06/2016

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Author: April Dinwoodie and Kimberly Paglino

Becoming a family through adoption is a journey that is filled with all the ups, downs and bittersweet moments that make up the richness of life. It is a complex experience and one that will only be helped with more education and a solid system of support. As you prepare for and experience adoption, it is just as important to have a check list of ‘must haves’ that you will update frequently along the way. These five key recommendations should be included on your map of navigating the adoption path and to help get you headed in the right direction. Read more

The Chronicle of Social Change

Opening New Doors to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents

06/21/2016

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Author: April Dinwoodie

We know foster families need as much support as possible in order to best serve and nurture the children in their care. When all options have been exhausted and original families can’t stay together, it’s time to start thinking outside the box about how maintaining connections and building relationships between birth, adoptive and foster families can keep everyone strong, especially the child. Read more

Adoption Today

Becoming an Adoptive Parent in Today’s Modern World

05/01/2016

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Author: April Dinwoodie and Kimberly Paglino

No matter how a person becomes a parent, it’s a layered experience that most importantly requires a lifelong commitment. When embarking on the journey of adoption, the foundation of your decision must rest first and foremost with a keen desire to be a parent and to become a parent in this unique way. Sometimes in adoption, this means reaching out for additional support at various times, as well as being an advocate for what your child and family needs. Read more