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Acclaimed Scholar, Amanda Baden Joins Our Research Fellows

Two on Our Team Publish Important New Book  and Amanda Baden Joins NCAP as a Senior Fellow

BOSTON, Aug. 2019 – The National Center on Adoption and Permanency announced today that, over the coming months, it will begin disseminating research-based publications comparable to those issued by the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) before it closed last year. As part of this expansion of NCAP’s mission, the accomplished scholar Amanda Baden, PhD, will become our 11th Senior Research Fellow on Sept. 1.

The decision to fill the gap left by DAI’s closure coincides with the publication of an important new book, “Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency: A Comprehensive Guide to Promoting Understanding and Healing in Adoption, Foster Care, Kinship Families and Third Party Reproduction,” by Sharon Kaplan Roszia, who is an NCAP team member, and Allison Davis Maxon, who is NCAP’s Executive Director.

Learn more about Sharon and Allison’s book on NCAP’s website, and then order a copy

“We’re so proud that Amanda is joining us and that `Seven Core Issues’ is already making a real contribution to professionals and families,” said Maxon. “Most of all, I’m delighted that NCAP is responding to all the professionals, educators, advocacy organizations, policy-makers, members of the extended family of adoption, and so many others who keep telling us how much they miss the work Donaldson’s used to do. And, given the people on NCAP’s team, it makes perfect sense that we’ll be the ones to do that work again.”

Maxon was referring to 10 of her current colleagues, who came to NCAP from the Donaldson Institute several years before its closure in early 2018. They include Adam Pertman, who headed DAI and originated/edited its publications for almost a dozen years before leaving to found NCAP; David Brodzinsky, Susan Livingston Smith and Jeanne Howard, who were DAI’s lead researchers and report authors and now hold various positions at NCAP; Bruce Boyer, an NCAP team member who was on DAI’s Board of Directors; and several current NCAP Senior Research Fellows – Ruth McRoy, Dana Johnson, Abbie Goldberg, Laurie Miller and Ellen Pinderhughes– who held the same title at DAI. 

Baden, a professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey, was also previously a Senior Fellow at DAI.

Read all of our team’s bios, as well as information about our unique work, at

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