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Welcome to the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter. It has been a dynamic few months! Recently, we announced our four pillars that will serve as the bedrock as we continue to uncover and amplify opportunities to encourage adoption reform and practically meet the needs of our ever-evolving community and the professionals that serve the community.
Having just come back from another amazing NACAC conference where there was so much rich dialogue about permanency it seems fitting that this edition is focused on Adoption Support Services; an area that is crucial to ensuring permanency and sustaining families.
DAI’s most recent reports coupled with the painful and often frustrating realities of struggling children and families make it abundantly clear that access to quality pre- and post-adoption support services is critical to ensuring everyone’s wellbeing. “Re-homing” is just one disturbing example of what can happen when children and families are not properly prepared and supported before, during and for many years following an adoption. There is no doubt that foster and adoptive families deserve and greatly benefit from quality support services but ultimately, ALL families are better when there is an authentic constellation of quality support surrounding them.
As always, in this addition you will find updates on research, policy, advocacy and education from DAI as well as news from the community and our partners. We are especially thrilled to profile an amazing individual who has worked tirelessly on behalf of children and families: Renette Oklewicz the former Director, Foundation Programs at the Freddie Mac Foundation.
Enjoy & Happy Summer!