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1. Law, Policy & Practice
- U.S.– Russia Pact Aims for Better Safeguards, Information on Children
- Ukraine Resumes, India Temporarily Freezes Intercountry Adoptions
- Illinois Catholic Charities Loses Suit over Gay Fostering, Adoption
- Rhode Island Enacts Law Restoring Right to Access Birth Certificates
- Bill Introduced to Extend Promoting Safe and Stable Families Funding

2. Research
- Institute Focuses on Permanency for Youth at Risk of 'Aging Out'
- Study Underscores Children Fare Better in Families than Foster Care
- Research: Racial Socialization is Important for Transracial Adoptees
- Birth Mother Study Finds all had Disclosed Placements to Partners

3. News
- Korean Law Said to End Most Intercountry Adoptions Starting 2012
- China Plans New Adoption Regulations to Combat Child Trafficking
- Guatemala Reportedly Will Process Some Pending Adoptions to U.S.
- Guatemala Judge Orders U.S. Couple to Return Adopted Daughter, Age 6
- Three Plead Guilty in International Surrogacy/Adoption Scandal

4. Resources
- CCAI Report, by Ex-Foster Youth, Offers Reform Recommendations
- Federal Report on U.S. Families Includes Data on Adopted Children
- Initial FY10 Data Show 107,000 Foster Children Available for Adoption
- Invitation to Join Post-Adoption Network for Education, Advocacy
- Resource Center Offers Webinar Recording, Handouts on Social Media
- Spoon Foundation and JCICS Offer Adoption Nutrition Website

5. From Our Partners
- Current AQ Issue: Analysis on Killings of Adopted, Foster Children
- Adoption Learning Partners Hosts Webinar on Educating Educators

6. Institute Update
- Institute in the Media: Birth Certificates, Adoption Nation ... and more
- Upcoming Staff Appearances
- Save the Date: The Institute's Annual L.A. Benefit is on October 13!
- Freddie Mac Foundation, American Ireland Fund Provide Funds for New Initiatives
- Institute Extends Thanks to Coca-Cola and R.K. Mellon Foundation

 

Law, Policy & Practice

U.S.– RUSSIA PACT AIMS FOR BETTER SAFEGUARDS, INFORMATION ON CHILDREN
The U.S. Secretary of State and the Russian Foreign Minister signed a bilateral agreement to strengthen adoption procedural safeguards, according to a State Department Fact Sheet on July 13, 2011. Only adoption agencies authorized by the Russian government will be allowed to provide services and the Agreement "includes provisions designed to improve post-adoption reporting and monitoring and to ensure that prospective adoptive parents receive more complete information about adoptive children's social and medical histories." The State Department will post the standards on its website before the agreement is implemented. Adoptions from Russia to the United States have been the subject of controversy since a Tennessee mother "returned" her 7-year-old son to Moscow a year ago. There were 1,079 U.S. adoptions from Russia in 2010, down from a high of 5,862 in 2004. [CORRECTION: The Institute's June newsletter noted that "about 60,000 children born in Russia have been adopted by families in the United States," but the State Department reports 44,150 adoptions from 1999-2010.] To read the U.S. Fact Sheet, go to: http://1.usa.gov/qewsxn. To read the Institute's press release on Russian adoptions, go to: http://bit.ly/jUm5au. To read a news story on the issue, go to: http://nyti.ms/oPhHj6.

UKRAINE RESUMES, INDIA TEMPORARILY FREEZES INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS
The Ukraine and India both made changes in July relating to intercountry adoption, according to the U.S. State Department. According to a July 14 Alert, Ukraine's president has extended the authority of that nation's State Department on Adoption (SDA) to process adoptions, until the Ministry of Social Policy becomes the new adoption authority at an unspecified date. Additionally, SDA reports that a new Family Code amendment, requiring "orphans to be registered on the central adoption registry for one year and to be at least five years old before they are eligible for intercountry adoption," is in effect, though there are exemptions for special needs, relative and sibling adoptions. A July 22 Notice, meanwhile, states that India's Central Adoption Resource Authority has published new guidelines for intercountry adoptions and announced a temporary freeze, expected to last through September, on the acceptance of new adoption dossiers. To read the Ukraine Alert, go to: http://1.usa.gov/qgA2MQ; to read the India Notice, go to: http://1.usa.gov/nDG1wv; to read the guidelines, go to: http://www.adoptionindia.nic.in/.

ILLINOIS CATHOLIC CHARITIES LOSES SUIT OVER GAY FOSTERING, ADOPTION
A judge on Aug. 19 ruled in Catholic Charities v. Illinois et al (Sangamon County Case No. 2011 MR 254) that Illinois can opt not to renew its contracts with Catholic Charities in Illinois to provide publicly funded foster and adoption services. The decision was reported in an Aug. 19 article in the Chicago Tribune, "Catholic Charities loses ruling on foster care." Three dioceses had sued the state for contract renewal, asking for a declaratory judgment that Catholic Charities may exclude unmarried couples in civil unions as foster parents; the intent was to allow its agencies to refuse services to gay men and lesbians. The Department of Child and Family Services will begin transferring children's cases to other agencies. The Adoption Institute, along with the National Association of Social Workers, submitted an amici curiae brief in support of the state in this case. To read the article, go to: http://trib.in/nq63Wc. To read the Institute's related reports, "Expanding Resources for Children I and II," go to: http://bit.ly/8Xg7Qg.

RHODE ISLAND ENACTS LAW RESTORING RIGHT TO ACCESS BIRTH CERTIFICATES
On July 1, 2011, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a bill approved by both houses of the state legislature (S 0478 Sub A) allowing adopted individuals 25 years and older to obtain copies of their original birth certificates. Adult adoptees may apply for access beginning July 1, 2012. The law also provides for birth parent contact preference forms. To read the Rhode Island bill and view its history, go to: http://status.rilin.state.ri.us/. To read the Institute's latest report on the issue, "For the Records II," go to: http://bit.ly/jM7FVa.

BILL INTRODUCED TO EXTEND PROMOTING SAFE AND STABLE FAMILIES FUNDING
Representatives Geoff Davis (R-KY) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) introduced the Child and Family Services Extension and Enhancement Act (HR 2790) on Aug. 2 to reauthorize the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) and Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services programs through Fiscal Year 2016. The bill would extend PSSF annual funding authorization for $345 million in mandatory and $200 million in discretionary funding, along with $20 million in set-asides for caseworker visits and to address substance abuse in families. Additionally, the legislation requires states to address foster children's psychological and developmental needs and educational instability. HR2790 was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. To read the bill and learn its status, go to http://1.usa.gov/pMHspj and search by bill number.

 

Research

INSTITUTE FOCUSES ON PERMANENCY FOR YOUTH AT RISK OF 'AGING OUT'
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute issued a report in July, "Never Too Old: Achieving Permanency and Sustaining Connections for Older Youth in Foster Care," which focuses on the significant number of youth aging out of foster care without permanency (averaging close to 28,000 for each of the past six years) and synthesized existing knowledge on approaches to addressing this problem. The report, by Dr. Jeanne Howard of the Institute staff and Dr. Stephanie Berzin of Boston College, recommends a renewed dedication to achieving permanency for these youth through increased adoptions and subsidized guardianships, greater use of relatives as permanency resources, establishment of true permanency goals for older youth, and more concerted efforts to find permanent resources early in children's time in care. To read the report, go to: http://bit.ly/qWKRxw.

STUDY UNDERSCORES CHILDREN FARE BETTER IN FAMILIES THAN FOSTER CARE
"Developmental Outcomes after Five Years for Foster Children Returned Home, Remaining in Care, or Adopted," by Christopher Lloyd and Richard Barth (a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute), is in the Aug. issue of Children and Youth Services Review (Volume 33, Issue 8). This study, based on data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, compared developmental outcomes of 353 children (age 5 years) who had entered care as infants. Children who were reunified with original family or were adopted had similar, generally positive outcomes, and children who remained in foster care scored the lowest on seven of eight outcome measures. Researchers concluded that long-term foster care is unhealthy for children's development. To access an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/pHv1xX.

RESEARCH: RACIAL SOCIALIZATION IS IMPORTANT FOR TRANSRACIAL ADOPTEES
A study of 100 Asian international adoptees (20 years old on average, all adopted transracially) found that supports for racial socialization – that is, preparation to cope with prejudice and discrimination – decreased their feelings of marginality and increased self-esteem; however, ethnic socialization – education about culture of own ethnic group – was not associated with feelings of marginality and self-esteem. "Asian Adolescent and Young Adult Adoptees' Psychological Well-being: Examining the Mediating Role of Marginality," is in the July issue of Children and Youth Services Review (Volume 33, Issue 7). Researchers found that participants, on average, reported high self-esteem and relatively low feelings of marginality. A path statistical analysis showed that parents' socialization of youth to race and discrimination increased self-esteem through its negative impact on marginality. For an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/oCKyqz. To read the Institute's report on positive identity development in adoption, "Beyond Culture Camp," go to: http://bit.ly/cqvnBY.

BIRTH MOTHER STUDY FINDS ALL HAD DISCLOSED PLACEMENTS TO PARTNERS
A study of 104 women who had placed their infants for adoption 12-20 years in the past found that all of them had disclosed their adoptive placements to their current romantic partners, typically early in these relationships. "Postplacement Relationships Between Birth Mothers and Their Romantic Partners," by Susan Henney, Cynthia French, Susan Ayers-Lopez, Ruth McRoy and Harold Grotevant (the last two authors are Senior Research Fellows of the Institute), is in the Aug. issue of the Journal of Family Psychology (Volume 25, Issue 4). The study also found that for the 35 birth mothers involved in fully disclosed adoptions, 24 had partners who participated to some extent in contact. To access an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/bomS1B. To read the Institute's related report, "Safeguarding the Rights and Well-Being of Birthparents in the Adoption Process," go to: http://bit.ly/n4ZXSs.


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News

KOREAN LAW SAID TO END MOST INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS STARTING 2012
According to a Korea Times article, "New law to restrict adoption by foreigners," by Lee Tae-hoon, intercountry adoptions of that country's children will be prohibited starting July 2012. The article said that the newly passed Special Law on Adoption and its Procedures will allow foreigners to adopt Korean children only when a foster family cannot be found domestically. Government data indicate that of the 8,590 children in need of care in 2010, 1,462 were adopted domestically and 1,013 overseas. The June 30 article reported that the lawmaker who proposed the bill "argued that those adopted abroad are more vulnerable to identity crisis and abuses by foster parents." The legislation will also require parents to obtain court approval before adopting abandoned children and agencies to provide identifying information about birth parents, unless they object. To read the article, go to: http://bit.ly/qtU48c.

CHINA PLANS NEW ADOPTION REGULATIONS TO COMBAT CHILD TRAFFICKING
China plans to address the abduction of children by establishing new regulations, according to an Aug. 16 Associated Press article, "China tightens adoption rules to fight child trafficking." The rules – under which only orphanages will be permitted "to offer abandoned infants and children for adoption, and adults who adopt without official registration will not be recognised as legal guardians" – are expected to be introduced by year-end. An Aug. 15 U.S. State Department Notice, meanwhile, states that in response to news articles alleging that Chinese officials had taken children from their birth families and sold them to orphanages in 2005, China's Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption "has promised updates on their investigations when they have further information." The State Department said it was not aware of any American adoption from China "that has been confirmed to be linked to these alleged actions." To read the AP article, go to: http://bit.ly/nIBV3H, to read the Notice, go to: http://1.usa.gov/pGbn04.

GUATEMALA REPORTEDLY WILL PROCESS SOME PENDING ADOPTIONS TO U.S.
An Aug. 21 Associated Press article in the Washington Post, "Guatemala issues decree to complete some adoptions for US parents halted midway by ban," reports that the country will process some adoptions that have been pending since it suspended adoptions in 2007 after fraud allegations. According to the news story, "parents whose adoptions were halted midway by the ban can complete the process if they prove a 'prolonged' relationship with the child and that they were not responsible for any fraud, among other requirements." Of the approximately 395 pending cases, 44 are impacted by the decree. To read the article, go to: http://wapo.st/nrgWnE.

GUATEMALA JUDGE ORDERS U.S. COUPLE TO RETURN ADOPTED DAUGHTER, AGE 6
A Guatemala judge ordered a Missouri couple to return their 6-year-old adopted daughter to her birthmother, finding that the girl had been kidnapped in 2006. According to an Aug. 12 Associated Press story, "Mo. Couple Seeks to Protect Adopted Daughter" by Maria Fisher, the judge said that if the girl is not returned in two months, Interpol would be contacted. There are no allegations that the adoptive parents knew about the circumstances when they adopted her in 2008, and they released a statement that they will continue to advocate for the safety and best interests of their daughter through legal channels. The U.S. State Department referred questions about the ruling to the Justice Department. To read the story in Forbes, go to: http://onforb.es/mZirCS.

THREE PLEAD GUILTY IN INTERNATIONAL SURROGACY/ADOPTION SCANDAL
Three U.S. women admitted in San Diego federal court to being part of a baby-selling ring in which U.S. surrogates went to the Ukraine to be implanted with anonymous donor embryos, then placed the resulting infants for adoption with a dozen American couples who each paid $150,000 (surrogates were paid $38,000-$45,000). According to an Aug. 12 Associated Press story by Julie Watson, "Surrogacy Scandal Raises Question about Regulation," a California reproductive law specialist pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and was ordered to pay the couples restitution and government fines. The two other women pleading guilty to charges are a Maryland attorney and a Las Vegas surrogate who helped to recruit others. To access the news story, go to: http://buswk.co/qhuCKU; to access an Aug. 9 FBI News Release, go to: http://1.usa.gov/qDWu3g. To read the Institute's report, "Old Lessons for a New World," go to: http://bit.ly/nSzcMu.

 

Resources

CCAI REPORT, BY EX-FOSTER YOUTH, OFFERS REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute held a briefing on Aug. 2 and released a report, "The Future of Foster Care: A Revolution for Change," authored by 15 youth in CCAI's 2011 foster youth internship program. These young people, primarily in their 20s, spent an average of 10.5 years each in foster care, and while a few had guardianship or adoptive families, most aged out of care. The youth compiled this report, comprised largely of individual analyses of topics affecting foster youth and offering specific recommendations for reform. A video of the briefing can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/27197511; access the report at: http://bit.ly/ruvqO0 and read the press release at: http://ccainstitute.wordpress.com/. To read the Institute's report, "Never Too Old," go to: http://bit.ly/qWKRxw

FEDERAL REPORT ON U.S. FAMILIES INCLUDES DATA ON ADOPTED CHILDREN
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics released its annual report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011, which contains statistics on adopted children, including some figures by state. For example, the percentage of adopted children ranges from 1.7 to 5.5 across the states, averaging 2.5 percent. Alaska, Vermont, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia have the highest percentages of adopted children. Most data are based on the U.S. Census or the National Survey of Adoptive Parents; they indicate that 21.5% of adopted children are of a different race than their adoptive parents and 29% of adoptees had moderate to severe health problems (including learning disabilities and behavioral issues), as compared to 12% of all children. To access the report, go to: http://1.usa.gov/oEE0bc.

INITIAL FY10 DATA SHOW 107,000 FOSTER CHILDREN AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
The U.S. Children's Bureau released its preliminary FY 2010 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data in July. As of September 30, 2010, there were 107,011 children in foster care available for adoption, 52,891 adopted during the year (average age=6.4 years) and another 16,208 exiting care to guardianships. The percentage of foster youth emancipating from care remained the same as the previous year – 11%, or 27,854 youth. Overall, most children were adopted by foster parents (53%) or relatives (32%), and 90% received an adoption subsidy. To access the report, go to: http://1.usa.gov/o3HOyo.

INVITATION TO JOIN POST-ADOPTION NETWORK FOR EDUCATION, ADVOCACY
The Adoption Institute is working with the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the Freddie Mac Foundation and other partners in promoting the development of post-adoption services nationally. We are developing a Post-Adoption Network of interested individuals across the country who want to keep abreast of our project activities and are interested in advocating for post-adoption services. If you would like to join us, please send an e-mail requesting to be added to this e-mail group at: [email protected].

RESOURCE CENTER OFFERS WEBINAR RECORDING, HANDOUTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology website has a recording and handouts from a June 9 webinar, "Social Media and Social Networking in Child Welfare." Included are a presentation by AdoptUSKids on its use of social media and what the organization has learned from the process, reports on analytics from Facebook and Twitter and a presentation on the National Resource Center for Youth Development's online network to engage and connect youth. To access these materials, go to: http://bit.ly/oG6R53.

SPOON FOUNDATION AND JCICS OFFER ADOPTION NUTRITION WEBSITE
The Spoon Foundation and the Joint Council on International Children's Services have established a new website called Adoption Nutrition. It offers information related to the nutrition of orphaned, fostered and adopted children, including country-based dietary information, feeding challenges and tips, suggested medical tests and other information for addressing nutritional deficiencies in children. To access, go to: http://adoptionnutrition.org/.

 

From Our Partners

CURRENT AQ ISSUE: ANALYSIS ON KILLINGS OF ADOPTED, FOSTER CHILDREN
The current Adoption Quarterly (Volume 14, Issue 2) includes an analysis of child welfare cases involving children killed by foster or adoptive parents - "Foster and Adopted Children Who Die from Filicide: What Can We Learn and What Can We Do?" by Richard Barth (an Institute Senior Research Fellow) and Mary Hodorowicz. The researchers analyzed data gleaned through media stories on 27 child deaths and information obtained from child welfare fatality review teams. In all foster care cases, the foster mother was involved in the murders, either alone or with another family member. The most common perpetrator in adoptive parent filicides was the mother acting alone (41%), while another 29% involved both parents and 18% were by fathers. The authors recommend that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services obtain annual information from every state on all deaths of children in care and on adoption subsidy in order to learn more about this problem and implement preventive safeguards. For an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/nE0Es4.

ADOPTION LEARNING PARTNERS HOSTS WEBINAR ON EDUCATING EDUCATORS
Adoption Learning Partners is pleased to offer its latest webinar, "Adoption Basics for the Classroom: Expert Advice on How to Educate the Educators." The featured presenter will be Debbie Riley, the Executive Director of the Center for Adoption Support and Education and a leading authority on the subject. The webinar will take place 7-8 p.m. (Central) on Thursday, Sept. 22 and is intended to help adoptive parents in a host of ways so that they can better talk to and work with teachers – and with their own children – and, ultimately, so their schools can do a better job for their sons and daughters. To learn more or to register, go to: http://bit.ly/qCsZNV.

 

Institute Update

INSTITUTE IN THE MEDIA: BIRTH CERTIFICATES, ADOPTION NATION ... AND MORE
Executive Director Adam Pertman was quoted in "The Ethicist" column in the New York Times on Aug. 26, saying: "We assume, and rightly so, that the right to know who you are and where we come from is basic and core." To read the column, go to: http://nyti.ms/pbBI4E.

On Aug. 19, Pertman appeared on the Today show discussing birthfather rights as a preview for a Dateline segment on a contested adoption. To see the Dateline segment, go to: http://on.msnbc.com/p1YhB7.

In a July 27 article on ABC News, "Graying Adoptees Still Searching for Their Identities," Pertman discussed the need for adult adoptees to have access to their original birth certificates. "How a human being comes into a family should not dictate what rights they have," he said. To read the article, go to: http://abcn.ws/nO8d8j. Pertman was interviewed on the July 6 Patt Morrison NPR show in Southern California discussing the research that supports adult adoptee access. To listen to the interview, go to: http://bit.ly/n1OHX3.

Pertman and his newly released book, Adoption Nation, were featured in the July issue of Adoption Today magazine in an article entitled, "A Revolution in the Family." To read the article, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ATPertman. Adoption Nation also was recognized in an Aug. 1 article published in Bay Windows entitled "10 books every LGBT parent should read." To read the article, go to: http://tinyurl.com/TenBooks.

In an Aug. 2 Minneapolis StarTribune article, "New Challenges Unite Adult Adoptees," Pertman discussed how adoption was once "a secretive, shame-filled, stigmatized process," but added that, "We're talking about the issues in a much more honest way than we ever have before." To read more, go to: http://bit.ly/qKrotJ.

Pertman is featured in an Aug. 16 ABC News article about a mother and daughter who were reunited after being victims of an adoption scam 34 years earlier. Pertman discussed the need to open adoption records and is quoted as saying "Here is an example of why honesty and openness in adoption is so critical." To read the article, go to: http://abcn.ws/pNy1k3.

Pertman was interviewed on Aug. 15 by Armin Brott, a well-known parenting expert on his "Positive Parenting" show, discussing how adoption has changed and some of the challenges adoptees face, such as not having access to their medical history. To hear the interview, go to: http://bit.ly/qfoa5A.

UPCOMING STAFF APPEARANCES
The following is a partial listing of upcoming appearances and/or presentations by Pertman and Institute senior staff. For a complete list, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/events/appearances.php. To inquire about Institute staff availability for speaking engagements, call 212-925-4089 or email [email protected].

  • September 23 – Pertman will deliver a keynote presentation at Coordinators2inc.'s 2011 Symposium entitled "Opening Adoption – Realities, Possibilities, and Challenges." For more information, visit: http://www.c2adopt.org.
  • September 24 – Policy & Research Director Jeanne Howard and Program Director Susan L. Smith will conduct a workshop at Portland (OR) State University, entitled "Central Elements of Preserving Placements." It is sponsored by Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families Certificate Program. Video streaming for distance learning is available and it can be taken as a one-day workshop or part of a certificate program; seven CEUs offered. For more details and to register, go to: http://bit.ly/pCXZ4Z.
  • October 5– Pertman will be the featured speaker at an event cosponsored by the Adoption and Jewish Identity Project and the Adoption Institute, "Adoption and the Jewish Community: A Conversation about Family, Identity, Diversity and Change." It will be held 7-8:30 p.m. at Temple Reyim in Newton, MA. For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/oQYY98.
  • October 6– Pertman discusses the "Changing Face of Adoption" at a program hosted by RESOLVE of New England. It will be held 7-9 p.m. at Children's Hospital, 9 Hope Avenue in Waltham, MA. For more information and to register, go to: http://bit.ly/p7JuqX.

SAVE THE DATE: THE INSTITUTE'S ANNUAL L.A. BENEFIT IS ON OCTOBER 13!
Please mark your calendars for our annual "Celebrating ... Our Families, Our Children" benefit on Oct. 13, 2011, in West Hollywood, CA. The Institute will proudly honor longtime supporters Sue Naegle (President of HBO Entertainment) and Dana Gould (the comedian and writer) for the couple's work on behalf of adoptive families. This fundraising event features cocktails, wonderful food and a silent auction. For information on sponsorships or tickets, or to RSVP, contact Harvin Rogas at (310) 559-9334 or [email protected].

FREDDIE MAC, AMERICAN IRELAND FUND PROVIDE FUNDS FOR NEW INITIATIVES
The Adoption Institute is proud to announce major new philanthropic gifts that will support two critical projects. The Freddie Mac Foundation has awarded a $75,000 grant to further our work on post-adoption services, building on the success of our "Keeping the Promise" report, released in October 2010. To read the report, go to: http://bit.ly/kLaE6H. The American Ireland Fund has provided $25,000 in seed funding for a new initiative to study the global decline in intercountry adoptions and to develop best-practice standards. The Adoption Institute is deeply grateful to both foundations for their confidence in our work and for their support of these important projects, which we are seeking to fully fund with supplemental grants. If you would like to support either or want additional information, please contact William Boltz at (212) 925-4089 or [email protected].

INSTITUTE EXTENDS THANKS TO COCA-COLA AND R.K. MELLON FOUNDATION
The Board and staff of the Adoption Institute are deeply grateful to The Coca-Cola Company and the R.K. Mellon Foundation for their recent, generous $10,000 donations. We are particularly appreciative that these contributions are provided without restrictions, enabling us to support our research and best practice efforts. We extend our sincere thanks to Coca-Cola and the R.K. Mellon Foundation for these remarkable leadership gifts.

 

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