Synopses & Reviews
With compassion for adopted individuals and adoptive and birth parents alike, Adam Pertman explores the history and human impact of adoption, explodes the corrosive myths surrounding it, and tells compelling stories about its participants as they grapple with issues relating to race, identity, equality, discrimination, personal history, and connections with all their families. For the first edition of this groundbreaking examination of adoption and its impact on us all, Pertman won awards from many organizations, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law, the American Adoption Congress, the Century Foundation, Holt International, and the U.S. Congress. In this updated edition, Pertman reveals how changing attitudes and laws are transforming adoption—and thereby American society—in the twenty-first century.
Adoption is both sweeping the nation and changing it, accelerating our transformation into a more multicultural and multiethnic country and helping to redefine our understanding of family. Adoption Nation is essential reading for adoptive families, for anyone contemplating adopting a child, and for everyone touched by this extraordinary cultural transformation.
In this revised edition of Adam Pertman's award-winning book, first published in 2000, readers will find updated information on every aspect of adoption and its changing role in American society. Pertman, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and father of two adopted children, offers an unflinching study of adoption policy and processes.
PRAISE for ADOPTION NATION “Adoption Nation is a treasure. It is the most complete book on adoption—ever—by one of the most eloquent, knowledgeable experts in the field.” - Sharon Roszia, co-author of The Open Adoption Experience
and program manager of the Kinship Center “Groundbreaking…courageous, penetrating, engaging, and deeply personal. Adoption Nation is a remarkable piece of work.” - David Brodzinksy, Ph.D., co-author of Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self
provides a wonderful overview of the key issues in adoption today. It is creative, insightful, and a must-read.” - Ruth McRoy, Ph.D., co-author of Openness in Adoption: Exploring Family Connections