How I Learned to Embrace Both Identities as an LGBTQI and Adoptive Parent

This guest blog post was written by LGBTQI equality advocate and Let’s Adopt Reform panelist Gabriel Blau. Known as “A Dad fighting for all dads,” Gabriel has represented these issues on television, in newspapers, and in front…

Losing My Birth Father

This guest blog post was written by international adopted person Carmen Hinckley. Carmen lives in Portland, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. If you’re interested in guest blogging…

New Ways of Uniting Families

During National Foster Care Month, our awareness is heightened about the needs of children who live with foster families as well as those who are waiting in foster care to be adopted. This year’s theme, “Honoring,…

DAI’s Let’s Adopt Reform National Tour Panelists Share Their Adoption Experiences

Since last November, The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) has traveled around the U.S. to educate and raise awareness about vital issues that impact the adoption and foster care adoption experiences. Through these critical conversations at our…

There’s No Room for Adoption Stigma in Ads

Misperceptions about adoption have led to thoughtlessness by individuals and brands as they make emotional elements surrounding adoption the punchline to a poorly crafted joke. We saw this last month in an ad created by Priceline…

National Adoption Month: What We ARE Grateful For

Almost twenty years ago, November was designated as National Adoption Month (NAM). Its core purpose was to focus on the needs of children in foster care who were awaiting the permanency of adoption. With over 100,000…

Let’s Ignite a New Conversation During National Adoption Month

In August, the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) announced a bold new initiative that seeks to ignite a national conversation about adoption in the 21st century. Let’s Adopt Reform (http://www.letsadoptreform.org/) includes a four stop national tour, town…

Today, A Commitment to Families

Today, January 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued their opinion in Obergefell, et al. v. Hodges, et al., ultimately declaring that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. As leading child welfare organizations,…

On Father’s Day, Thinking of the Dad Who Raised Me — and the Father Who Might Not Know I Exist

This week, the Huffington Post published a piece by our Chief Executive April Dinwoodie.  Below is an excerpt from the original post found here. I think about my dad and my father a lot. As a…

Will & Kristen’s TV Movie ‘A Deadly Adoption’ Is No Laughing Matter

Every day at the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), we search the news to stay current on issues relating to adoption and foster care adoption in order to keep our community and the general public informed about…