It’s hard to describe the extent to which the Internet is changing the everyday realities of adoption – and the lives of the millions of people it encompasses – without using words that sound hyperbolic. But a yearlong examination of the effects of this very new technology on a very old social institution shows that they are systemic, profound, complex and permanent.
Social media, search engines, blogs, chat rooms, photo-listings and an array of other modern communications tools, all facilitated by the Internet, are transforming adoption practices, challenging laws and policies, providing unprecedented opportunities and resources, and raising critical ethical, legal and procedural issues about which professionals, legislators and the personally affected parties have little reliable information, research or experience to guide them. Continue reading
June 2, 2011:
Dear Friends in Southern California:
Please join me on Friday, June 10, from 6:00 – 8:00pm at a book-signing party for “Adoption Nation.” It will be held at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery at 1431 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine will be provided. Join me for a reading, Q&A and lots of good conversation. Stay for 15 minutes or longer – but please attend if you can.
This event is open to the public (and more is better when it comes to book events!), so I’d be grateful if you would email, text, tweet and call your friends, colleagues, relatives and complete strangers to invite them as well.
For more info: email@example.com.
May 5, 2011:
I’m delighted to be participating in the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange’s 2nd Annual Walk for Adoption on Sunday, May 22. MARE does a great job for children in Massachusetts (where I live) who need families – and I’d love for lots of people to turn out in support of such an important cause. For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/MARE-Walk
April 18, 2011:
Join us at the New York Book Launch for Adoption Nation. The celebration will take place at Spence-Chapin in Manhattan from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Adam will read excerpts from the book and answer any questions you may have. Books will be available for purchase and Adam would be happy to personalize your copy. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages will be offered. Kindly RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m proud to announce the official publication today of my new book. I kindly ask my friends, colleagues, relatives and complete strangers to please consider buying a copy (or multiple copies for your own friends, colleagues, relatives and complete strangers). Here’s a link to purchase: http://tinyurl.com/http-AdoptionNation or go to your local bookstore and, if they don’t have it, ask why and place an order. Feel free to forward this email freely, post it on your own website, blog, Facebook page, tweet it, etc.
I’m very proud of this book and hope it will make a real difference in people’s lives. Thanks immensely for your help and support.