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.
“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.”
Aired April 12, 2010 on “A closer look at the Russian adoption scandal”
(NECN) – Outraged Russian officials are calling for a halt to all adoptions by Americans after a Tennessee woman put her seven-year-old adopted son on a plane to Russia, alone, saying she was lied to about his mental state.
The 33-year-old single nurse reportedly sent the boy back to his homeland with a note saying his violent behavior included a threat to burn the family’s home down.
The State Department says it is working closely with Russian officials on the troubling case.
Russian officials say three families have already come forward asking to adopt the boy.
Adam Pertman, Executive Director of Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in Newton, Massachusetts, joins NECN for a discussion.
The bottom line is that this woman’s adoption took place before the implementation of current law – which gives automatic citizenship to children adopted from other countries – and neither she nor her parents applied for citizenship for her. So, even though she has lived in the United States all her life, has given birth to three children on our nation’s soil, has never as much as visited Korea and doesn’t speak the language, American authorities want to send her “back.”
Should people who commit crimes be punished? Absolutely. But this is a crystal clear example of how adopted people are sometimes treated differently, and I do NOT mean for the better. Can you imagine something comparable happening to someone born into her/his family, whatever the crime? Of course not, but this woman isn’t the first adoptee against whom deportation proceedings have been initiated and, alas, some have been successful.
The law needs to be fixed, and such proceedings have to stop. They’re not just unfair – they’re outrageous.