Paul Ryan + Mother’s Day + Gay Marriage = Doing What’s Best for Children

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/12ZCBgv. It’s not yet time to declare a momentous victory, but it’s certainly a sign of progress that even staunch social conservatives like U.S. Rep. Paul…

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…

Adam Pertman In The Media

October 30, 2011 – Pertman is quoted in a USA Today article that discusses a current storyline on the hit-show Glee and argues that it does not accurately depict the truths of adoption. To read the…

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….

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…

January 7, 2011: Expert Weighs in on LGBT Adoption: ‘Progress is Substantial’

Editor’s Note: Adam Pertman is Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national nonprofit that is the preeminent research, policy and education organization in its field. He is also the author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America. Pertman sat down with dot429 to discuss LGBT adoption, explaining the progress and the trials and tribulations.

There are claims that gay parents are unfit for parenthood. What is your response to these claims?

Pertman: Those claims are made by people who are either uninformed or homophobic.

In Whose Best Interests?

February 9, 2011 The professional consensus in the child-welfare and adoption worlds is that decisions relating to the placement of children into new families should be made, first and foremost, to benefit the youngest and most…