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The Changing American Family in the 21st Century:
A Provocative, Insightful Look at Race, Gay Parents, Embryos & More
Foremost Adoption Expert Discusses his Compelling New Book, Controversies in the News
NEW YORK – The American family has been changing inexorably for decades; today, it is a new breed, an amalgam of diversity composed of single parents, divorced or stepparents, gay or lesbian parents, grandparents or legal guardians, biracial couples, children who don’t look like their parents or carry their DNA, children created through IVF treatments and egg or embryo transfers, children who came into their families through adoption from another country or from foster care, children and adults who are forming unprecedented, unpredictable relationships on the internet.
Adam Pertman, one of the leading authorities on these subjects, offers an insightful new way of understanding the “revolution” that touches all our lives: through the prism of adoption’s long history of shaping “alternative” families. His gripping, up-to-the-minute new book, Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America (The Harvard Common Press, 2011, 352 pages, ISBN 978-1-55832-716-0, $16.95 paperback) provides a unique, thought-provoking examination of the historic changes enveloping us all – and it does so with a magnetic combination of engaging prose, gripping stories, perceptive perspective and exceptional research.
Readers will quickly understand why Pertman – who is Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field – is regarded as one of the most-articulate, best-informed and most influential experts in our country, and why Adoption Nation has been reviewed as “the Silent Spring of Adoption … quite simply, the most important book ever written on the subject.” For more reviews, go to: http://tinyurl.com/ANreviews.
Pertman tells riveting stories and provides vital information about an array of topics in his book, and discusses even more in his newspaper op-eds, blog commentaries and media interviews, including:
· The role of social media in transforming relationships, families and the institution of adoption itself.
· The impact on communities (Jewish, Irish, etc.) of the multiracial, multiethnic families within them.
· The negative consequences of lingering secrecy and stigmas on tens of millions of Americans.
· The need to view adoption, foster care through the prism of social justice, diversity and inclusion.
· The misunderstanding of stories in the news – from the Tennessee mother’s “return” of her son to Moscow, to the spiriting of children out of Haiti after its earthquake, to current events such as:
Ø The decision by Illinois to halt Catholic Charities’ adoptions due to its policies on gay parents
Ø The mother in Alaska just sentenced for punishing her child by making him drink hot sauce
Ø The Missouri couple fighting Guatemala’s order for them to give up their 6-year-old daughter
Pertman is a story unto himself – a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his writing about adoption when he was a reporter for The Boston Globe, an immigrant from Poland whose parents were Holocaust survivors, a professional who transformed himself from journalist to award-winning child advocate, an adoptive father whose knowledge and passion have made him a go-to expert for the media around the world, including The New York Times, Oprah, Today Show, BBC, CNN, NPR, Fox News, Huffington Post and many more. Read his bio: http://tinyurl.com/pertmanbio and his blog: www.adampertman.com.
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