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…

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…

What is the State of Adoption in America Today?

Over the last year, we asked ourselves a tough question: why—after 20 years, over 40 publications and 180 recommendations (and that is just from DAI alone)—have policies and practices not advanced far enough fast enough? With…

Why All Sibling Relationships are Real

This guest blog post was written by Mary Anna King. She is one of seven biological siblings who were adopted by five different families and raised separately. Her memoir Bastards (Ó 2015, W.W. Norton & Co) chronicles…

Openness in Adoption: What a Concept!

The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) is pleased to launch a new educational curriculum “Openness in Adoption: What a Concept!” The curriculum is intended for parents who are experiencing or considering openness in adoption as well as…

A Reflection on the State Department’s Report on Intercountry Adoption

This guest blog post was written by clinical social worker Marie Dolfi. Marie specializes in counseling prospective adoptive parents, adopted people, adoptive families and birth parents. Learn more about Marie’s services, work and upcoming events on her…

Let’s Give Every Family the Chance to Be Strong

Family is the foundation of humanity, binding us together, even with the nuances that make our experiences discrete. Family is also the fundamental building block of society. We all, for better or for worse, have people…

Olympian Simone Biles Reminds Us: We Do Need to Get ‘Real’ About Adoption

What makes the news in adoption? Most frequently, it’s the sensational. It is the “Either/Or” theme or “Us vs. Them” mentality that makes the headlines – either extremely good OR terribly bad; either this OR that….

Adoption in America Today: The Good, the Bad, and a Path to Reform

Our Let’s Adopt Reform initiative continues with an important message shedding light on perspectives surrounding adoption, foster care adoption and family. Please click below to view the SlideShare and please be sure to view in full-screen….

It’s Time to Support ALL Families in Adoption

Adoption by same-sex couples became legal nationwide when a U.S. judge removed Mississippi’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples in March 2016. Despite this landmark legislation, same-sex couples still face barriers in the foster care and…