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…

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…

Immigration and ‘Shattered Families’

November 8, 2011 The mantra is now (almost) universal: Adoption, first and foremost, should serve the best interests of children and, whenever possible, those girls and boys should be raised in their families and communities of…

From Steve Jobs to Kids in Foster Care: Lessons During National Adoption Month

October 31, 2011 To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/v7WTPf. With seemingly ceaseless regularity nowadays, most recently in the coverage of Steve Jobs’ passing, we are inundated by conflicting messages relating to…

The Critical Role of the Media in Shaping Attitudes

June 30, 2011 A lot of people in my world – that’s the one in which words like “adoption,” “foster care,” “orphan,” “search and reunion,” and “birth/first parents” are used almost every day – wonder why…

Radio Interview on KWMR

May 10: I had the pleasure today of speaking with Raul Gallyot of KWMR on his “Pleasures in Taste” show.  Discussed were issues and attitudes surrounding adoption and foster care. To learn more and listen, go…

A Healthy Reminder: Adopted People are Americans

February 28, 2011 To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to http://tinyurl.com/PertmanHealthHP. News flash: Michelle Obama didn’t invent the crusade to improve Americans’ well-being. Her focus (as we all know) is childhood obesity but,…

The Real Clone War: Children vs. Budgets

February 17, 2011 Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, I wrote a column about the needs of children in our country. Yesterday, I re-read it in light of the cuts being proposed at the federal and state…

Lessons from Harvard, B.J. Lifton . . . and Oprah

February 1, 2011 To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/gRuGHW I attended two events over the past weekend that, in very different ways, made me think of Oprah Winfrey (who is on…

It’s About All of Us

January 4, 2011 When a colleague at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute suggested about a year ago that I write a blog, I responded with (how shall I put this gently?) respectful skepticism. Why on…