From the desk of April Dinwoodie
Welcome to The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s Winter 2016 Newsletter. In this issue we highlight our Let’s Adopt Reform National Town Hall Tour and provide information and news from around the adoption and foster care adoption community.
Please click the video below for a message from Chief Executive April Dinwoodie.
- The second Let’s Adopt Reform Town Hall in Dallas was an amazing success thanks to so many wonderful people who participated in this vital conversation. A great big thank you to our all-star panel, Gabriel Blau, Steven Kalb, Leslie Pate Mackinnon, Joyce Maguire Pavao and Nathan Ross and to all of you who took the time to join us as part of our live and virtual audiences. A recap of the Town Hall can be found by clicking the image below.
- Next up, stops in San Francisco on Friday, March 4th, and in Chicago on April 28th. The Merchants Exchange Club will be the site of our event in the City by the Bay. Doors will open at 6:00pm PST. We’re thrilled to have new and returning panelists at the event, including Dr. Amanda Baden, Dr. Christopher Harris, Leslie Pate Mackinnon, Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao and Nathan Ross. Please check our website regularly for updates. We also invite you to register to join us in person or online and to submit your questions for the San Francisco panelists on our Facebook wall or on Twitter using #AdoptReform.
- Seating is limited. Please register for the San Francisco Town Hall today!
- Please circle Thursday, May 5th, on your calendars for The 13th Annual Taste of Spring Food & Wine Benefit (TOS). CNN New Day Anchor, adopted person and friend of DAI, Michaela Pereira will be our honoree—with others to be announced soon.
Michaela Pereira, CNN New Day Anchor
2016 Taste of Spring Honoree
AROUND THE COMMUNITY
- Advocates in Indiana have been working hard to gain support for a bill that would allow adopted people from Indiana’s “closed” period (1941 to 1993) to access their original birth certificates, equalizing the current partial access law in Indiana that allows people born and adopted after 1994 to access this information. Their efforts have paid off with a recent 43-5 win in the Senate. You can learn more about Indiana’s efforts and support their work by visiting Indiana HEAR.
- The Adoptee Citizenship Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and would grant retroactive citizenship to people born internationally and adopted by U.S. citizens before the 2000 Child Citizenship Act came into effect. More support is needed for this vital legislation which prevents adopted people from being deported and affords them the rights and privileges promised when they were adopted by their “forever families” as children. Learn more about what you can do to help and write your U.S. legislator today!
- In Contact with Birth Family in Adoptive Families Headed by Lesbian, Gay Male and Heterosexual Parents (Children and Youth Services Review, March 2016, Volume 62, Pages 9-17), David M. Brodzinsky and Abbie E. Goldberg analyze the extent and type of contact between birth and adoptive families. The study focuses on heterosexual families as well as those headed by lesbian or gay parents. A variety of practice and policy implications are discussed based on these findings.
- In Marketing Black Babies versus Recruiting Black Families: The Racialized Strategies Private Adoption Agencies Use to Find Homes for Black Babies (Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, January 2016), Kerry Woodward analyzes websites from the adoption service industry to determine their approaches to placing children of color with adoptive families. A variety of approaches were revealed and implications are discussed.
- In Foster Parent Training Programmes for Foster Youth: A Content Review (Child and Family Social Work, January 2016), Andrew S. Benesh and Ming Cui review a variety of current training modules for foster parents over a forty year period. Both the structure and content of the programs are reviewed and implications for future training modules are discussed.
- In Microaggressions, Feelings of Difference, and Resilience Among Adopted Children with Sexual Minority Parents (Journal of Youth and Adolescence, January 2016, Volume 45, Issue 1, Pages 85-104), Rachel H. Farr et al discuss the experiences of children being raised by sexual minority parents. The research revealed that children more often reported instances of positive family identity and resilience versus microaggressions. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.
- Adoption Learning Partners provides regular webinars on various areas of the adoption experience. This resource is particularly useful for individuals considering parenting through adoption or those who have already become parents through adoption.
- The Center for Adoption Support and Education will host a webinar on Search and Reunion in International Adoption. Dr. Amanda Baden will participate as a guest speaker on this important and timely topic area.
- Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) is a national organization that focuses on the experience, healing and wisdom of birthparents since the late 1970s. CUB has recently joined forces with Saving our Sisters (SOS), an organization focused on family preservation and support.
- Transracialeyes is an insightful blog written and developed by adopted people that explores issues and experiences relating to race and culture in adoption. This is a poignant resource for any person considering or living the transracial adoption experience.
THE ADOPTION EXPERIENCE
- CHINA’S ONE-CHILD POLICY AND AMERICAN ADOPTEES
- In November, China ended its one-child policy, impacting people adopted from the country as well as individuals who became parents to children from China in many ways.
- BILL WOULD PROVIDE RETROACTIVE CITIZENSHIP FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL ADOPTEES
- Building on her long-standing commitment to America’s children and families, leading advocate Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced a vital bill this past November that would give retroactive citizenship to all people born internationally and adopted by U.S. citizens.
THE MODERN FAMILY
- DAUGHTER OF TWO GAY DADS FIRES BACK AT ONE MILLION MOMS
- A young girl adopted from foster care gives us all an important lesson on family pride and the need to eliminate discrimination against families.
FOSTER CARE ADOPTION
- EVEN WHEN NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH ENDS, THE WORK CONTINUES YEAR-ROUND
- National adoption month in November focused on adopting older children from the child welfare system; authors point out that this is a laudable goal that requires our attention throughout the year.
PRE- AND POST-ADOPTION SERVICES
- THE ADOPTION SYSTEM’S LOST CHILDREN
- Increased numbers of disrupted adoptions in New York and elsewhere demonstrate the need for out-of-the-box solutions and increased pre- and post-adoption services and education for families.