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Politics & Public Policy

Adoption in America Today: The Good, the Bad, and a Path to Reform

Friday, November 11, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"We have to acknowledge the basic human rights for everyone involved in adoptions." – April Dinwoodie

When adoption processes and practices are ethical, parents and professionals are informed, and children are at the center, the extended family of adoption can be a model for a truly evolved definition of family. A lack of uniform laws, regulations and consistent standards, coupled with a lack of education, can leave everyone in the extended family of adoption unprepared and vulnerable, including children, parents and professionals. After decades of research, passionate advocacy and practical experiences - why haven’t policies and practices on behalf of children and families moved far enough and fast enough?

Join us for a conversation with April Dinwoodie, Chief Executive of The Donaldson Adoption Institute, Inc. and a transracially-adopted person, as she explores how a modern understanding of adoption, more education, and collective action can ultimately strengthen all families.

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