A Lot to Learn: As the School Year Begins, Adoption Needs to be in the Curriculum

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/161GBCi Even as adoption becomes increasingly normalized in the U.S., adoptive families continue to confront roadblocks for their children in a place they expected only smooth roads:…

A Family for Life: The Vital Need to Achieve Permanency for Children in Care

Permanency equals a sense of belonging. When it comes to permanency for youth in care, there’s one simple fact: it’s a basic human need that everyone should be entitled to. We should all know where we…

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…

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…

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…

Are Children’s Issues Only Important in Attack Videos?

January 10, 2012 To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/xz5Dxk Politicians love children. We believe that to be true because they say it all the time (you know, things like “children are our…

Children Are the Winnners When We Replace Stigma With Best Practices for Gay and Lesbian Parents

November 21, 2011 News flash: Today, in every state in America, gay fathers and lesbian mothers are raising children. For a range of reasons, not everyone in our country likes or wants to accept this reality,…

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…

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…