Untangling the Web: A Groundbreaking Project – and a Request for Help

Social media and other elements of new technology are instigating life-altering changes in every aspect of adoption. These historic shifts range from creating challenges and opportunities for child-placement, counseling, outreach and other professional practices; to facilitating…

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…

What a Week on the West Coast!

June 13, 2011 I sometimes joke (though it’s no joke) that I advocate for children by leaving my own! I try hard to make my business trips as short as possible, but I sure didn’t succeed…

Join Me for a – Fun – Book Event in Santa Monica!

June 2, 2011: Dear Friends in Southern California: Please join me on Friday, June 10, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at a book-signing party for “Adoption Nation.” It will be held at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery at…

December 18, 2010: Ins and Outs of Adopting Abroad

“When you’re looking at a program in general, you want a stable program, much like China,” says Sarah Hansen, adoption director for the Philadelphia area Living Hope Adoption Agency. “You should be able to get a fee breakdown of where the fees are going. You don’t want to see that any fees are unexpected. Adoptive families are targeted as having money. You want to find a program that isn’t a trend… just a stable fee schedule.”

April 12, 2010: A closer look at the Russian adoption scandal on NECN

Aired April 12, 2010 on “A closer look at the Russian adoption scandal”

(NECN) – Outraged Russian officials are calling for a halt to all adoptions by Americans after a Tennessee woman put her seven-year-old adopted son on a plane to Russia, alone, saying she was lied to about his mental state.

The 33-year-old single nurse reportedly sent the boy back to his homeland with a note saying his violent behavior included a threat to burn the family’s home down.

The State Department says it is working closely with Russian officials on the troubling case.

Russian officials say three families have already come forward asking to adopt the boy.

Adam Pertman, Executive Director of Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in Newton, Massachusetts, joins NECN for a discussion.

April 11, 2010: Mom Sends Adopted Son Back to Russia

Aired April 11, 2010 on ABC. Adam comments about mom who sent her adopted son back to Russia. This is part of a 6 minute segment. Adam’s comments are about 3 minutes into the segment.

Crime and Punishment

January 26, 2011

Here’s some news for The Outrage File: “A Korean woman in Arizona, who was adopted and brought to the U.S. when she was eight months old, is facing deportation after a second conviction for theft, reports the Korea Times. The 31-year-old mother of three is currently being held in a federal detention center in Arizona.”