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Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families -- and America (Non) Paperback – March 17, 2011
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About the Author
Adam Pertmanwrites on family and children's issues for the Boston Globe. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his reports on adoption and has been awarded the Century Foundation's Leonard Silk Journalism Fellowship, the Year 2000 Media Award for exceptional dedication and commitment to children, and was honored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption for Adoption Nation. He and his wife live with their two adopted children in Newton, Massachusetts.
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Adoption Nation by Adam Pertman is the definitive book on adoption as far as I'm concerned. It is well written, meticulously researched, and tells balanced stories about all of the potential blessings and heartache that come with adoption for the major parties involved: adopted child, adoptive parents, and birth parents. If you were ever considering adoption in any form, this would be the first book to read.
I do have a pretty serious critique of Adoption Nation that comes from my own myopic view of adoption. This books does not devote any time whatsoever to the effects adoption have on the minor parties involved; namely the biological children of adoptive parents.
My parents bonded with my sister and knew 100% she was their daughter before they even met her. I however, looked at my newborn sister for the first time with the nine-year-old equivalent of "What the f---?" In retrospect, I could probably have benefited from counseling! Thankfully my sister and I are very close now. It turns out that my Mom was right and I did end up being thankful to have a sister.
Most children have nine months to watch their mom's bellies grow; all the while learning that the baby that comes out will be their flesh-and-blood sibling. Biological children of adoptive parents do not have this same preparation. Suddenly they just have a sibling.
I think that in adoptive parents' eagerness to protect the feelings of the adoptive child, there can be unintended consequences to the biological children.Read more ›
My husband and I are just at the beginning of the process of considering adopting a child. We had never even thought about many of the issues that Pertman raises, and we are really glad that we read this book at the beginning of our journey to find our child.
Although we LOVED this book, we do have a few criticisms:
First, and most relevant to our family, which consists of one US citizen and one non-US citizen, Pertman's discussion of domestic and international adoptions does not address the intersection of the two. He addresses mixed race families, but not mixed nationality families. We mixed nationality families face a very particular set of challenges. We're finding that we're not [something] enough for different governments and different agencies - not American enough, not Chinese enough, not this, not that. We're sure we'll figure it all out, but we would have loved to hear about global adoptions, where parents and kids might have multiple countries of residence and different passports. It's more common than you might think, but maybe we're still just a teensy tiny fraction of the world of adoption.
Second, Pertman has a tendency to repeat himself. The writing and structure could be tighter, but it didn't stop us from considering this a page turner.
Third, Pertman raises many extreme cases in order to make the various points he is trying to make.Read more ›
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Adoption Nation provides a five-star encyclopedic description of every aspect of adoption--a quintessential American institution. Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Judith Land
As a 28-year-old woman in the first year of a same-sex marriage, I realized recently that I had never thought about children. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Likecroft
This book was well written and informative. There is much more information about the history of adoption and the emotions that surround it then a step by step guide. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by artistajo
This book was very interesting and informative. I'd definitely recommend it for anyone interested in learning about adoption or for anyone interested in becoming an adoptive... Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by Jennifer Baumgardner
This book covers all aspects of adoption in America. The author is clearly in favor of open adoptions in terms of relationships among triad members (adoptive parents, birth... Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by SaraKruger
Thoughtful and engrossing! An essential book to read for anyone whose life is, isn't yet, or could be, touched by adoption. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by Sheba Seif
Adam Pertman, one of the most experienced and successful advocates for adoption, has written a book that removes the veil from a big secret: Almost every single person in the U.S. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Mike
I found this book to be so informative. I have wanted to adopt a child for a long time. My husband is not there yet. I would love to adopt a boy close to my children's age. Read morePublished on April 11, 2011 by seasidebooknook