Category Archives: In the Media

It’s About All of Us

January 4, 2011

When a colleague at the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute suggested about a year ago that I write a blog, I responded with (how shall I put this gently?) respectful skepticism. Why on earth, I asked, does anyone need yet another voice in the growing chorus of activists, birth and adoptive parents, adopted persons and adoption professionals expressing their views about the array of concerns that affect our lives? What could I possibly add to the mix?

When the publisher of my forthcoming book suggested a few months ago that I write a blog, I replied with the same questions and, at first, I politely declined. Then an answer hit me, which I’ll explain in this initial commentary and will strive to put into practice in subsequent ones.

Here’s the idea: Rather than focusing primarily on my fellow travelers in the adoption world, I’ll use my bit of cyber real estate to explain why everyone – repeat everyone – should care about adult adoptees’ access to their original birth certificates, post-adoption services, birthmother rights, family reunification, older youth aging out of foster care, the nose-dive of adoptions from abroad, gay and lesbian parenting, and a host of other issues that most people assume are too narrow or unimportant for them to think about, or simply are about somebody else. Continue reading

January 7, 2011: Expert Weighs in on LGBT Adoption: ‘Progress is Substantial’

Editor’s Note: Adam Pertman is Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national nonprofit that is the preeminent research, policy and education organization in its field. He is also the author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America. Pertman sat down with dot429 to discuss LGBT adoption, explaining the progress and the trials and tribulations.

There are claims that gay parents are unfit for parenthood.  What is your response to these claims?

Pertman: Those claims are made by people who are either uninformed or homophobic.

What are the benefits for our country and for society when more LGBT parents adopt?

Pertman: The principle benefits are for children. We often look at this as an adult issue. Of course, all adults should have the same rights, but in terms of benefits, you can have children any way you want, such as by surrogacy or adoption. The fact is, there are lots of lesbian and gay people who want to give homes to children, so the real victims when that isn’t allowed to happen are the kids who wind up in temporary or group care or some other less advantageous situation. Yes, we should be working for equal rights for all, but the bottom line is, we’re here for the kids.

The number of LGBT people adopting is on the rise. What are the statistics?

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January 7, 2011: ‘Practice Babies’: 1 Orphan Raised by 8 Mothers

Adoption’s Dark History: What Happens When a Baby Is Coddled by Many but Bonds With None

By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES

Denny Domecon had eight “mothers.” And every six weeks, eight more would take their place; planning his nutritious diet, his naps and tending to his every need.

The 4-month-old was a “practice baby” in 1952 at Cornell University’s home economics program in upstate Ithaca, N.Y., cared for by a group of “practice mothers” — young 22-year-old students — in a “practice apartment.”

Denny’s real identity was anonymous and, like so many other Domecon babies, his surname meant “domestic economy.”

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December 18, 2010: Ins and Outs of Adopting Abroad

Posted December 18, 2010 in The Sentinel

Ins and outs of adopting abroad

“When you’re looking at a program in general, you want a stable program, much like China,” says Sarah Hansen, adoption director for the Philadelphia area Living Hope Adoption Agency. “You should be able to get a fee breakdown of where the fees are going. You don’t want to see that any fees are unexpected. Adoptive families are targeted as having money. You want to find a program that isn’t a trend… just a stable fee schedule.”

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