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Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: Adoption Nation by Adam Pertman

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  While it isn't National Adoption Month (that's in November), I was quite happy to be asked to be on this book tour for Adoption Nation, as the topic is near and dear to my heart!

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Synopsis: During 2011, more than 130,000 adoptions will be conducted here in the U.S.  It's a number that has been growing for the past 10 years, signaling a crucial cultural shift towards a tremendous need: Finding loving homes for parentless children.  

But it's an arena as filled with confusion as it is good will: How do interested families navigate the legal maze? Should they adopt from abroad or within the U.S.? What about open adoption? What happens when an adoptive child asks, "may I meet my birth parents?"

Now, the book that inspired 2 million families over the past decade to get into the adoption game, Adoption Nation, is rising to the occasion with updated answers for our modern world. With the thoroughness of a reporter, and the compassion of an adoptive father (he and his wife have two adopted children), Adoption Nation tells us everything we need to know about adoption including new issues related to foster care, gay and trans-racial adoptions, domestic and international adoption and more.
Inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-nominated Boston Globe series on adoption, the first edition of Adoption Nation (2000) was a game-changing book in that would launch Perman into a second career: adoption crusader. Today, he is the Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, the pre-eminent research and education organization in the field of adoption, and is considered the nation’s leading expert source on adoption.  
About the AuthorExecutive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Adam is a  highly sought-after speaker. He is the Associate Editor of Adoption Quarterly and has contributed to numerous publications on family issues. Before embarking on his current career, Pertman was a senior journalist with The Boston Globe for over two decades. He is a member of the Council on Contemporary Families, the editorial advisory board of Adoptive Families magazine, the National Adoption Advisory Committee of the Child Welfare League of America and the Advisory Board of Orphans International, among others.  He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and their two children. Learn more at www.adampertman.com.    


Review:  All families who adopt children deal with many if the same issues: getting thru the stereotypes of adoption (be it via race, sexual gender of the adoptive parent, of just flat out thought of adoption as second best), the “the extended family of adoption” (adopted individuals, birth and adoptive relatives), as Pertman likes to call them, and wondering how to handle issues that may come up for their children. Pertman, as an adoptive father himself, is up front and HONEST about the issues affecting everyone involved in an adoption.


Pertman explores the areas that people do not talk about, and which I can tell you from personal experience ARE realities that adoptive parents face: 
- how infertility leads to adoption, and how the new parents are SO joyful, yet find themselves having to explain and qualify their new child to family and friends. Even with all the strides made in the US, only 70% in a recent pole, thought adopted kids were just as 'good' as biological children. 
- how open adoption may be more stressful, but it may alleviate many problems down the line, be it health problems that need answers, or just a child feeling more grounded, as they know where they come from. A child can never have enough unconditional love from grandparents and greatgrandparents!
- how every adoptive parent will question if their child's behaviors are 'genetic' or 'environmental', and question themselves as parents. It's NORMAL, and it's OK he advises!
- how the decline in International adoption has led to an increase in foster and American adoption. In a timely moment, I was thrilled to see Mariska Hartigay's adoption this past week. I was equally disheartened that the stress was placed on it being a 'celebrity bi-racial adoption'. It is evident from Hartigay's comments that her family sees only their daughter, the same as any other adoptive family-it was not a 'keeping up with the Pitt-Jolies thing'.

This is definitely a very valuable resource for all prospective and current adoptive parents, and should be considered mandatory reading! I would also consider sharing it with pastors, teachers, and counselors, as it will be an eyeopener for many!

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