Donaldson Adoption Institute
Adoptees Gaining Ground in the Fight to Open Birth Records
Cindy Sippin solved a very old puzzle recently. She’d set out to build her family tree using a DNA genealogy service, as many adoptees like her do, and had traced 47 “twigs,” her word for ancestral sequences going back to her great-great-grandparents.
Opening New Doors to Recruit and Retain Foster Parents
The concept of ‘openness’ in adoption has often been associated with the private adoption of infants. Although the bulk of research on openness has largely focused on this type of adoption, increasingly today researchers and practitioners are considering how openness can be a part of all types of adoptions.
Seeing Color: Why It Matters for Transracial Adoptive Families
In today’s world, many people still believe the best way to incorporate cultural and racial differences is to ignore that they even exist — a misguided attempt to be a colorblind society.
A First, But Incomplete, Measure of Adoption Success
2016 could be the first year that America has clear, nationwide information about the success rate of adoptions from foster care. But the game plan for tracking this at the federal level might not capture the whole story; maybe not even half of it.
Pert-ing Ways: Adam Pertman and Donaldson Head in Different Directions
Leaders at the New York-based Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) and its former CEO, Adam Pertman, all declined to discuss what exactly they disagreed upon regarding the future of the organization. But, it is clear that there was some disagreement at the institute, a leader in research on adoption practice and policy.