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…

My Family Is Not a ‘Second-Best Option’

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/13Y55fP. I hadn’t known it until just this week, but Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, President Ronald Reagan, singer Marie Osmond, actor Hugh Jackman, journalist…

Legalized Infant Abandonment Roils Europe; Where’s the Debate in the U.S.?

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/13WOsN7. A colleague emailed me a few days ago to suggest that I listen to an NPR story headlined “Spread of Baby Boxes Alarms Europeans,” about…

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…

A New Chapter in Adoption History: For Millions of People, the Internet is Changing . . . Everything

A new report by the Donaldson Adoption Institute, “Untangling the Web: The Internet’s Transformative Impact on Adoption”, examines how Social media, search engines, blogs, chat rooms, photo-listings and an array of other modern communications tools, all facilitated by the Internet, are transforming adoption practices, challenging laws and policies, providing unprecedented opportunities and resources, and raising critical ethical, legal and procedural issues about which professionals, legislators and the personally affected parties have little reliable information, research or experience to guide them.

Adoption Subsidies: A Vital Tool for Families Adopting from Foster Care

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/RhtYve. More than 104,000 children in the United States are waiting in foster care to be adopted by permanent, loving parents. These girls and boys, who…

Adoption in the Media: What Do Pregnant Women, Killers and Crying Babies Have in Common?

August 8, 2012 To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/RACl6J. When we don’t fully understand something, we’re prone to make mistakes when dealing with it. This not-very-profound truism popped into my head…

An Unnerving Reality: We’re Deporting Adoptees

May 29, 2012 To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/K9NYiR. Imagine that your daughter, whom you raised from infancy, was convicted of forgery. You certainly wouldn’t be surprised if she were prosecuted…

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…

When Fox News, David Brock, Identity and Adoption Intersect: Where’s the Outrage?

February 24, 2012 To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to:  http://huff.to/whkIBO. Imagine for a moment that David Brock, founder of the watchdog organization Media Matters, was African American or Asian or Jewish or…