Equal Rights for All: It’s Finally Time for Adopted People, Too

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/ZwCCWR As our country has focused enormous attention in recent days on the rights of one minority, gay men and lesbians, we continue (alas) to give…

Before it’s Too Late: Understanding the Impact of Institutionalization on Children

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to:  http://huff.to/W2rO5X Through all the dark shadows that Russia has cast with its ban on adoptions by Americans – on the affected girls and boys, on the…

New Realities in the Extended Family: Who is the Woman Celebrating Thanksgiving with Your Next-Door Neighbors?

March 27, 2012 To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to:  http://huff.to/GV7pqq Adoption has been around, in one form or another, for a very long time; to get a sense of how long, please…

If Kids Need Families, Why Do We Reject Parents?

September 15, 2011 To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://tinyurl.com/pertmanhuff Politicians love to say it. Child-welfare professionals work mightily to practice it. American laws and practices promote its essential truth: every boy…

Random Musings: Innovation, Research and Reviews

August 3, 2011 Summer is a time for kicking back, soaking up some sun, and savoring every minute without the bustle of the normal stresses of workaday life. Yes, I’m fanaticizing – or at least kidding….

Praise for “Adoption Nation”

“This book is an invaluable resource on all aspects of adoption.” —Deborra-lee and Hugh Jackman, adoptive parents “Adoption Nation is a treasure. It is the most complete book on adoption—ever—by one of the most eloquent, knowledgeable…

NEW, COMPLETELY UPDATED AND REVISED EDITION – PUBLICATION SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2011

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…

An Unlikely Crusader: Book Review by Ellen Glazer

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.

Come Unity Book Review by Allison Martin

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,

Families.com Book Review

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.