The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute will present a fundraiser October 25th in Los Angeles, California.
The agency is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 devoted to improving adoption policy and practice. (Source: Adoption Institute).
A Boston Benefit Concert called “Rockin’ for Our Kids” in celebration of National Adoption Month in November will also be held at the Spring Valley Country Club in Sharon, MA Nov. 9th. The event will include cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction as well as live entertainment. To see the invitation and buy tickets using PayPal, go to adoptioninstitute.org/events/rockinkids_2007.php. (Source: Adoption Institute newsletter).
In a report released in May, the Institute recommended that prospective birth moms receive at least two counseling sessions prior to placing their child for adoption. (Source: Adam Pertman)
“Ideally, all expectant parents who are considering adoption would receive factual, unbiased information through nondirective counseling to help them explore all of their options, including adoption and parenting, and to enable them to understand the immediate and long-term implications of each,” said Laura Christianson, author of The Adoption Decision. “The reality is that many if not most do not receive such counseling.”
The Institute, based in Massachusetts, is also looking for volunteers to help with event planning. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Source Adoption Week Magazine).
For more information, go to adoptioninstitute.org.
In unrelated non-profit news, thanks to a $70,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente, the American Lung Association of California is expanding its school-based asthma programs into Fremont, Hayward, Union City, and other parts of Eastenr Contra Costa County. The grant will also fund recruitment and training efforts for the association’s volunteer health educator program through Cal State East Bay, which trains students to teach asthma management classes to kids. (Source: American Lung Association).
For details, contact Adam Davis at 510-893-5474 or email@example.com.
The Association has also joined with a coalition of environmental activists in urging automakers to stop blocking landmark regulations designed to protect public health and produce motor vehicles that emit fewer global warming pollutants. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers represents General Motors, Ford Motor Company, DaimlerChrysler AG and Toyota among others, is attempting to block legislation in California and ten other states that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from tailpipes. (Source: American Lung Association newsletter).
For additional details, contact Linda Weiner at 415-282-8871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Energy Foundation has also funded the Association’s Campaign for Clean, Healthy Air. This will result in the latter agency being able to continue and expand its work on reducing the health threat posed by global warming, cleaning up transportation, and mobilizing their Health Network for Clean Air to support key clean air initiatives.
The Association was awarded a multi-year grant for the first time in seven years of funding from the Foundation, which includes $150,000 for the first year and $90,000 for the second year. (lungusa.org).
In other Association news, in a demonstration projected on the JumboTron video screen at San Diego’s PETCO Park, one of the first outdoor venues in professional sports to adopt a comprehensive smoke-free policy, the Association launched a new online resource for visitors, residents, students, and policy makers, SmokeFreeSanDiego.org, where online visitors can find attractions, restaurants, and recreational venues where smoking is prohibited. (Source: PETCO newsletter).