New Edition of ‘Adoption Nation’ Released

by Laura Christianson

Adam Pertman

A couple of years ago, I shared the keynote speaker podium at an adoption conference with Adam Pertman, author of Adoption Nation and executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

When I was researching my book, The Adoption Decision: 15 Things You Want to Know Before Adopting, Adam’s book — and the Adoption Institute — were essential resources.  Adam is one of the world’s top researchers in the field of adoption. He’s my adoption hero. So you can imagine that I was more than a little intimidated to be a co-keynoter with him.

I needn’t have worried. As we became acquainted during the conference, I discovered that Adam’s passion for educating people about adoption mirrors my own, and that for both of us, our role as (adoptive) parents is the most important one in our lives.

So it is with delight that I announce the new, revised edition of Adam’s book, Adoption Nation. Whether you’re just beginning to think about adoption or adoption has been part of your life for years, Adoption Nation deserves a permanent spot in your library of adoption resources.

Here’s the official blurb:

Americans adopt more than 130,000 children annually from within the United States and from abroad. That means more than 100 million people in our country today have adoption in their immediate families – and nearly everyone is connected to adoption in some way.

Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America takes on the challenge of explaining the historic changes enveloping us all – and does so with a unique combination of engaging prose, gripping stories, insightful perspective and exceptional research.

Its author, Adam Pertman, is one of the most influential experts in his field and Adoption Nation has been called “the most important book ever written on the subject.” Inspired by his Pulitzer-nominated series while a reporter with the Boston Globe, the first edition of Adoption Nation (2000) captured an important piece of U.S. history and was a game-changer for child welfare professionals, policy-makers, and members of what Pertman calls “the extended family of adoption” (adopted individuals, birth and adoptive relatives).

The new, fully revised edition updates the “adoption revolution” with all of its joys and disappointments, its personal and policy issues, its complexities and controversies.

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