Hollee McGinnis 


Hollee A. McGinnis, MSW, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Social Work.


Hollee is a prominent scholar, policy expert, and community organizer on adoption and child welfare. Hollee was the policy director at the former Donaldson Adoption Institute, where she headed a national study on adoption and racial identity among adopted adults. 



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In 1996, she founded Also-Known-As, Inc., a non-profit adult intercountry adoptee organization providing post-adoption services to international adoptees and adoptive families. Hollee speaks regularly at national conferences and organizations and has numerous published scholarly articles, book chapters, and essays.


In 2008 she was recognized by the U.S. government with a Congressional Angel in Adoption award for her work in adoption. She is regularly sought out by the news media including interviews about her research on South Korea’s child welfare system and overseas Korean adoptees by the New York Times Magazine, BBC News, and NPR.