It Is What You Say

When it comes to talking about adoption, we must think more intensely about our language. Words have an impact on people’s lives. As adults connected to adoption, this can be difficult to navigate at best. But for youth, the language we use surrounding adoption packs a powerful punch, one that can sometimes bully kids into feeling insecure or uncertain about their family and themselves.

Adoption…It’s Complicated! Raising Awareness for Service Providers

Susan Dusza Guerra Leksander, LMFT is a first mother, transracial adoptee, and a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in the adoption and foster care triads. As First/Birth Family Specialist at Pact, An Adoption Alliance, Susan focuses on…

In No One’s Best Interest

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is proud to have partnered with Voice for Adoption (VFA) and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) in an article discussing the need to ensure child welfare policies focus…

The Adoption Institute is Up to the Task

Last week, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) launched the initial phase of a new project called OBC 2020. This is a multi-phase project that has an overarching goal of supporting states without campaigns in developing active,…

50 States. 1 Movement. Restore Adoptee Rights!

When a person is adopted, his/her original birth certificate (OBC) becomes sealed and a new, “amended” birth certificate is issued. The amended birth certificate alters essential facts of the adopted person’s birth. In most states today,…

Keeping it ‘REAL’ in Adoption and Foster Care

The month of May is an opportunity to raise awareness, provide education and engage in advocacy work surrounding foster care and foster care adoption. This May, National Foster Care Month is focused on strengthening and empowering…

5 Things You Can Learn from a Family with Open Adoption

Paula Kanani Weeks is excited to expand her blogging world as a guest blogger.  As an open adoptive mother of two, she has 10 years of experience sharing her children with all seven families (bio and…

Meet the Hallman Family

Deb and Joe Hallman adopted Dylan and Jade at birth through Lutheran Social Services of Ilinois’ infant adoption program. Dylan is now 12 years old and Jade is 6. The Hallman family has recently relocated to…

Top Three Reasons to Learn More about Openness in Adoption

Openness is a common aspect of the adoption experience today with research showing that over 95 percent of agencies offer some form of open adoption. In many ways, the relationships that are developed through open adoption…

In the Arena: The Stops and Starts of an Adoptee

Tim Monti-Wohlpart is the national Interim Legislative Chair and New York State Representative of the American Adoption Congress. He is a New York born adoptee in reunion since 1998. In 2002 and 2003, he served as…

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