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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…