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New Duke Study on Well-Being of Orphans Shakes Conventional Wisdom…And Confirms It

A significant new study released this week compares the effects of institutional and family-based care on orphaned children. The results sharply question some current assumptions about what’s best for children while also affirming others. I suspect that many people, myself included, will be digging deeper into the study’s details over the months ahead. But after […]


A Closer Look at the Decline in Inter-Country Adoption Numbers

It’s widely know that the number of children adopted to the U.S. from other countries has been cut significantly—decreasing 59% from its high in 2004 of nearly 23,000 to under 10,000 in 2011.  As discussed previously, although carrying certain positive elements, this trend ultimately means tens of thousands of children across the globe are growing […]


30 Snapshots of Orphan Sunday Across America

It’s been amazing to read the stories coming in from Orphan Sunday events across the country.  Here are just thirty snapshots of the remarkable and diverse reports we’re receiving.   (We easily could have shared many times that number, but wanted to keep it to a somewhat manageable number!) Orphan Sunday Reports from Across America 1. […]


Exciting Reports from the Seed Adoption Conferences in Ethiopia

The “Seed Adoption” conferences taking place in Ethiopia began this past week.  As we’ve discussed before on this blog, I believe that although there is great need for a vast spectrum of creative ways of “caring for orphans in distress,” the single most strategic opportunity is to seed and support indigenous adoption movements among local […]


Update on Ethiopian Adoption from USCIS and the Department of State

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be hosting  an informational meeting on April 6 for all individuals and organizations concerned about the recent restrictions on adoption enacted by the government of Ethiopia.  This meeting is open to adoptive families, and can be joined by webinar or conference call.  The USCIS announcement and invitation is […]


Seed Adoption Video

As shared in a recent post, the Alliance is thrilled to join in the Seed Adoption initiative.  A new video conveying the heart of Seed Adoption was released today, and is well worth the 3 minutes to watch… Seed Adoption – Ethiopia Project from Wiseacre Short Films on Vimeo.