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…

How to Prevent Coercion in Newborn Adoption

My journey into domestic infant adoption started much like most newer adoptions do. I was in a crisis pregnancy and constantly worried about how I was going to raise a child as a single mother. In…

Understanding Options Counseling Experiences in Adoption: A Qualitative Analysis of First/Birth Parents and Professionals

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) has long since worked to explore and better understand the experiences of all members of the extended family of adoption. Through our works in areas impacting expectant and first/birth parents, we…