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.

We welcome your feedback on the Winter Newsletter at newsletter@adoptioninstitute.org.

DAI UPDATE

ON THE ROAD WITH DAI

  • 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! 
SPRING IS IN THE AIR: TASTE OF SPRING
  • 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

Michaela Pereira, CNN New Day Anchor
2016 Taste of Spring Honoree


AROUND THE COMMUNITY

ADVOCACY

  • 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!

RESEARCH

EDUCATION

  • 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.

NEWS

THE ADOPTION EXPERIENCE

THE MODERN FAMILY

FOSTER CARE ADOPTION

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.

EVENTS

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