“Let’s Adopt Reform” aims to strengthen all families by igniting a national conversation about adoption and foster care adoption in the 21st century.
Since 1996 The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) has worked to improve the lives of children and families through research, education and advocacy.
Even after decades of research by DAI and others, adoption is still treated as a one-time transaction instead of a lifelong transformation. Using our groundbreaking public opinion research, DAI will educate and raise awareness about adoption, inspire solidarity within the adoption community and advocate for evidence-based policy changes.
We’re excited to get started, but we can’t do it alone. Join us:
Together we can adopt reform!
DAI is hosting a four city national tour to educate and raise awareness about adoption and foster care adoption in the 21st century. Before a live and virtual audience, experts and community members will explore DAI's new public opinion research and discuss the topics that matter most today: access to original birth certificates, uniform options counseling, pre- and post-adoption services, openness in adoption and much more. The Town Hall events will reflect DAI’s overall vision to move from a transactional to a transformational approach to adoption and foster care adoption and to strengthen all families.
Let’s Talk…New York City
Should there be national standards for all aspects of adoption including the home study process? And is a closed adoption ever in anyone’s best interest? We will be exploring these and other important questions at our New York City Town Hall on November 4th, 2015.
Do adopted people have a right to their original birth certificates? What about their medical history? We will be exploring these and other important questions at our Chicago Town Hall on April 28th, 2016.
Why are pre- and post-adoption services so important? How do we make access to these services a priority? We will be exploring these and other important questions at our Dallas Town Hall on January 13th, 2016.
Let’s Talk…San Francisco
Why do we still allow discrimination in adoption? How do we eliminate distortions in the adoption process caused by wealth and income inequality? We will be exploring these and other important questions at our San Francisco Town Hall on March 4th, 2016.
A national survey gauging how much Americans really know about adoption and where they stand on issues impacting adoption, foster care adoption, and modern family structures.
The first Let’s Adopt Reform Town Hall in NYC was an amazing success thanks to so many wonderful people who participated in this vital conversation. A great big thank you to our moderator, CNN New Day Anchor Michaela Pereira, our amazing panelists, Amanda Baden, Gabriel Blau, Leslie Pate Mackinnon, Joyce Maguire Pavao and Nathan Ross and to all of you who took the time to join us in NYC as part of our live and virtual audiences. An archive of the live stream can be found to your right.Register
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