Dixie Davis

Dr. Dixie van de Flier Davis is the founder of The Adoption Exchange and the Wednesday’s Child Foundation. The Adoption Exchange has collaborated with public and private adoption placement agencies across the country to facilitate over 4,745 adoptions of American children with special needs. It was one of the first US agencies to begin working with institutionalized children and child welfare colleagues in Romania in 1990. Dr. Davis is one of the originating partners and the Principal Investigator of The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids. She also is a founding member and Past President of Voice for Adoption, a national advocacy organization. Dr. Davis pioneered the development of a network of collaborating organizations to serve military families and Americans living abroad. She is an honorary member of National Association of State Adoption Programs and a member of Lt. Governor Jane Norton’s 2005 Committee to Promote Adoption (Colorado). She has served on numerous expert work groups and national advisory committees of the Departments of Justice and Health & Human Services, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, American Public Human Services Association, Child Welfare League of America, National Resource Center for Special Needs Adoption

, and the National Advisory Committee on improving implementation of interstate placement of children. Dr. Davis is a speaker and published writer on ethics, technology, and other issues in adoption. She is the recipient of the 2007 Child Advocate of the Year Award from the North American Council on Adoptable Children.