Honoring the Legacy of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Final Report 2017.
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Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
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New York, NY 10012
This final report describes the milestones and accomplishments of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) in 2017. Initiatives and key moments in DAI history are discussed in the areas of research, education, and advocacy. Highlights include: adoption counseling research involving 30 birth mothers and 20 adoption professionals that identified key areas that would benefits from shifts in practice and policy in order to ensure ethics and comprehensive supports; presentations on research on options counseling; an interactive educational curriculum on openness in adoption; public awareness activities on needed changes in adoption and foster care; blogs to highlight elements of DAI's work; the launching of "OBC 2020" to raise awareness on the importance of unrestricted access to original birth certificates by adopted people; and advocacy efforts affirming LGBTQ parents are as well suited to raise children as their heterosexual counterparts.
child advocacy; adoption; gay and lesbian adoption; open adoption; adoption benefits; birth parent counseling; adoption preparation; adoption records access; open records