Legalized Infant Abandonment Roils Europe; Where’s the Debate in the U.S.?

To read this column on The Huffington Post, go to: http://huff.to/13WOsN7. A colleague emailed me a few days ago to suggest that I listen to an NPR story headlined “Spread of Baby Boxes Alarms Europeans,” about…

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…

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…

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…

When Independence is a Problem

July 26, 2011 Just a few weeks ago, on the 4th of July, America again celebrated its independence. The very word “independence” evokes positive images and sentiments worthy of celebration: the freedom to be who one…

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…

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…

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,…