Adoption Nation, written by one of the leading experts on the subject in our country – Pulitzer-nominated journalist, leader of the pre-eminent research and policy organization in the field, and adoptive father Adam Pertman – explodes…
As a veteran journalist at the Boston Globe, Adam Pertman had it made. At 48, with 20 plus years experience and several major awards to his credit, Pertman could pretty much pick and choose his assignments. And so he wore a variety of journalistic hats, ranging from California Bureau chief to restaurant reviewer. In each capacity, Pertman made it his mandate to write with clarity and accuracy and by all measures, he did so successfully. He did not seek to fundamentally alter the way that people think. At least not until recently. Then things changed.
I recently read a cartoon in the Sunday comics with the “humorous” punch line that the difference in a teenager’s sleep patterns from his parents might indicate he was adopted. This confused view of adoption highlights just how important a book like Adoption Nation is for the adoption community. In Adoption Nation : How the Adoption Revolution Is Transforming America,
Adoption Nation by Adam Pertman is a study on how adoption has changed in America over the last century. It explores the way that adoption is becoming more widespread and more accepted and also discusses the ways that adoption still needs to change.
This is a great book to catch up on the issues involved in adoption, the social policy involved and also the ways in which the culture of adoption is changing.
A few months ago I had the privileged of reviewing an advance copy of the forthcoming book, Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America by Adam Pertman. As many of you know, Adam is a Pulitzer nominated reporter for the Boston Globe, whose writing has already made an enormously positive impact on adoption policy development, especially in the recent campaign to ratify the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. Adam’s book, which is published by Basic Books, will be available in a few days.
Adoption is rapidly metamorphosing into a radically new process that is changing America. It is accelerating our transformation into a more multicultural & multiethnic society, even as it helps redefine our understanding of ”family,” with the exponential growth of alternative lifestyles, from single to trans-racial to gay. Provides valuable insights into the pleasures & …more
This is arguably one of the most comprehensive, important, and readable books on adoption and I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
It’s not only a rare combination of solid research and intriguing personal stories (it’s a big, important sociological text that reads like a novel), it is also the first adoption book written both for people directly involved in the process, and the world at large – so that everyone understands how adoption really works and how much it truly touches their lives.
“When you’re looking at a program in general, you want a stable program, much like China,” says Sarah Hansen, adoption director for the Philadelphia area Living Hope Adoption Agency. “You should be able to get a fee breakdown of where the fees are going. You don’t want to see that any fees are unexpected. Adoptive families are targeted as having money. You want to find a program that isn’t a trend… just a stable fee schedule.”