Ever since sometime during The Wait -- probably around mid-2007 (educated guesstimate) -- I've been on the mailing list for the Donaldson Adoption Institute. DAI isn't an adoption agency, per se; they are an organization devoted to researching multiple aspects of the Gordian knot of issues surrounding adoption (in particular trans-national, trans-racial, and trans-cultural), providing information & insight, and trying to help... well, just figure things out.
Make that, "...WAS an organization devoted to..." because their latest email contains the surprising news that they are closing.
You can click on either the link above (their name) or here: www.adoptioninstitute.org to get the word straight from the horse's mouth.
This may not have a direct impact on individual families (although the loss of any half-decent, independent resource is bad news), but it certainly seems to reflect a change in priorities among ADI's primary source of funding... the adoption community.
Time alone will tell what's been lost... and what other changes may begin bubbling to the surface in the U.S. adoption community as a whole.
PS - No "signature chop" because Blogger keeps apologizing for not being able to upload the exact same graphic from the exact same source that I've literally used in EVERY other blog entry to date.
My niece joined the family on July 12th, 2010. This special young lady's mother is my younger sister, which in classic Chinese culture makes me her Jiu Jiu (舅舅-- thus the title of this blog. Here I intend to semi-regularly post reflections, thoughts, stories, and assorted whathaveyous pertaining to our trip to China, adoption in general, and (mostly) watching my niece grow up. Since the web is a very public place, I will attempt to maintain my family's privacy while telling the story... but I invite you to follow the blog and come along for the adventure!