Adam Pertman on Adoption

FRI, NOV 4, 2005 (13:55)

Adam Pertman argues that adoption is changing the way we form our families, the way we perceive families, the importance of blood ties, how families are formed, what they look like and the way we perceive basic concepts of life like nature and nurture. According to Pertman, adoption is having a significant effect on helping us understand how our country is changing, how our lives are changing. Adoption: An American Revolution is a major multimedia project that plans to explore how transformations taking place in adoption today are having far-reaching effects on all our public and private lives. The centerpiece of the project will be a two-hour documentary special for national public broadcasting. The documentary will feature a rich tapestry of original stories, illuminating the joys, the challenges and the impact of adoption. The television broadcast will be linked to an ambitious adoption education effort, with innovative adoption-related materials for public libraries and schools, a new Web site with adoption resources, and more.

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Adam Pertman was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his writing about adoption in The Boston Globe, where he was a senior reporter and editor for 22 years before turning his career toward adoption. His book, Adoption Nation was named Book of the Year by the National Adoption Foundation. Pertman’s other honors include the Angel in Adoption Award from the US Congress, the Special Friend of Children Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, and the Friend of Adoption Award from the ODS Adoption Community of New England among others. Pertman’s commentaries have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald and on NPR, among others. He has been a guest on many radio and television programs, including Oprah and The Today Show.

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