Donnie Winokur


Donnie is an internationally known writer, speaker, and advocate whose career has inspired, educated, and entertained audiences in the communications arena for the last 35 years.

When her adopted son was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), she became passionate to educate professionals in the juvenile justice system including: law enforcement, first responders, forensic investigators, and social workers. Her keynotes and workshops address the challenges experienced by caregivers and individuals living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), mental illness, autism, and other developmental disabilities.

Now, Donnie focuses on preventing “the perfect storm,” the nexus for our juvenile justice system and public awareness to support community members in need of compassion, protection, and integration. The commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children with disabilities has become her most in-demand program.

Donnie brings her expertise in special needs to the Georgia CAPTA Panel through the Children’s Justice Act Committee. She has presented to: Mitigation Investigators with the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender, Special Assistant Attorney Generals, the Children’s Georgia Youth Law Conference, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Protecting Safe and Secure Families, the National Citizen Review Panel Conferences, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. Donnie was an Honorary Guest Speaker at the Georgia Office of the Child’s Advocate 2016 Statewide Child Abuse Protocol Summit.

Donnie’s memoir, Chancer: How One good Boy Saved Another has been featured around the globe in The New York Times Magazine, Guideposts, Adoption Today Magazine and Reader’s Digest. Chancer has been an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Parenting and Relationships and a #1 Bestseller in Biographies and Memoirs.

Donnie advocates for all who are touched by adoption, developmental and intellectual disabilities, service dogs and the Juvenile Justice System. Visit her at: