The Donaldson Adoption Institute Closes


The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), an adoption research and advocacy organization, has closed after 20 years of operation. While an archive of DAI’s work will remain online, the organization’s active engagement in adoption reform officially came to an end on Jan. 4, 2018.

“We are very proud of the contributions we have made in providing groundbreaking research, world-class education, and passionate advocacy — all in service of shedding much needed light and understanding on the topics that matter most to those closest to adoption and foster care,” wrote Board Chair Susan Notkin and Chief Executive April Dinwoodie in a statement posted on their website. “Unfortunately, DAI’s board and leadership concluded that the challenge of raising sufficient funding to run and grow the organization was no longer feasible and thus, we have made the difficult decision to close.”

DAI was established in 1996 by the Board of Spence-Chapin in an effort to provide independent and objective adoption research, education and advocacy that addressed the needs of those in the adoption community. You can learn more about DAI and its work at

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