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The Stork Market: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry Perfect Paperback – March 1, 2007
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Combines the historical and legal perspective with really hard hitting journalism. Maureen Flatley, political consultant and media advisor specializing in child welfare and adoption --Direct to author
Once again, as in Dark Side, Riben has pulled back the covers and exposed the unpleasant truths and problems that need to be addressed in American adoption practices....the conclusions that Riben comes to are inarguable. Most impressive on every count ....well researched and thought out. Annette Baran, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., co-author The Adoption Triangle --Direct to author
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Riben is author of "shedding light on ...the Dark Side of Adoption" (1988) and "THE STORK MARKET: America's multi-billion dollar unregulated adoption industry" (2007) and many articles.
She is a former Director-at-Large of the American Adoption Congress, and co-founded Origins, a New Jersey-based national organization for women who lost children to adoption in 1980, the original Origins. She is past Vice President of Communications of Origins-USA, Inc, a national non-profit that advocates for mothers' rights and keeping natural families together.
Riben has been keynote speaker for the American Adoption Congress (national and regional conferences) and has spoken at countless other adoption conferences including: Parents of Tomorrow, Adoption Forum, Council on Equal Rights in Adoption, Origins (NJ), and Concerned United Birthparents. Riben was an invited speaker at the 7th Annual NJ Research Conference on Women, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, and the 2007 Adoption Ethics and Accountability Conference sponsored by The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and Ethica, Inc. She has substitute taught at Staten Island College and guest lectured at Rutgers University. She has has presented at academic and legal venues, including Practising Law Institute as well as appearing on national television, including Joan Rivers to discuss the Steinberg/Nussbaum murder of their illegally adopted child.
After the 1987 murder by Joel Steinberg of his illegally adopted child, Lisa, Riben reunited the toddler boy found in the home Steinberg shared with Hedda Nussbaum. Travis Smeigel is back with the family who thought they couldn't parent him. The account is detailed and documented in her second book.
Riben, who Was nominated 2009 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Public Citizen of the Year for her work in adoption, was among the very first mothers to publicly speak about the lifelong effects of losing a child to adoption. Risking imprisonment, she reunited hundreds of families separated by adoption and helped mothers prevent unnecessary adoption providing them temporary shelter in her home.
A former magazine editor and administrator at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, she is a staunch advocate of family preservation, and opposes all profiteering in adoption and falsified birth certificates. Riben is the mother of four, one of whom was lost to adoption in 1968 with whom she was reunited, and who is now deceased.
Mirah blogs at http://FamilyPreservation.blogspot.com
Complete bibliography of published works and CV available at:
Author contact for media interviews and speaking engagements, etc: MRiben@AdvocatePublications.com
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As a pediatric/child psychologist, I have worked in the trenches and treated hundreds of the worst-case casualties, of our closed adoption system; so I can attest to the truth in this important book, and offer first person witness, to the validity of much that Ms Riben documents and is concerned about. Surely, a family system based on secrecy, lies, and a denial of human/civil rights can not ultimately be "in the best interest of the child;" and a passionate caring that the needs of the children be primary, "not secondary, or even worse, irrelevant to an adult's agenda," is evident throughout the book.
The Stork Market was especially touching, in my understanding of birth mothers and their feelings about the children they gave up for adoption. Treating troubled adopted children/teens and their adoptive parents, I have mainly known birth parents, only through their children's fantasies about them - or sketchy information (very often based on outright lies) told to the adoptive parents by agencies, lawyers or "facilitators." The book deepens insight into a piece of the adoption triangle, the "ghost mother," seldom seen by child or family therapists - even those specializing in adoption issues.Read more ›
"Infant adoption is a multi-billion dollar unregulated industry... run by those with little or no training or education in the field of child welfare or social services. It has become a total distortion of the intended purpose of finding homes for orphaned children, and instead exploits mothers and commodifies their children," Riben says.
According to the author's research, adoption hasn't progressed much since the orphan trains of the nineteenth century. Anyone can be an "adoption professional," for there are no requirements or standards. Today's baby brokers use the Internet to ply their trade, while state agencies push children into unmonitored homes to claim federal subsidies. Celebrity adoptions demonstrate the widespread disregard for the rules.
Prospective adoptive parents are among the victims of this horrific trade. Vulnerable in the face of infertility, they are presented with an idealized picture that neglects detail. "The fact is that adoption is a business; babies are priced based on age, race, ethnicity, health, and physical ability." Corruption is rampant, and a failed outcome can be devastating. Riben offers guidelines to avoid being victimized, and recommends a thorough background check of any adoption agent.Read more ›
Perhaps I'm jaded: I'm one of the women still caught in the trap of a closed adoption of the mid-Sixties, when I surrendured a daughter to adoption. Do I feel abused by the system Riben so systematically takes apart? Yes. But our voices are lost in the din of would-be adopters who have delayed conception until their plan to build a family is through the taking of someone else's child--and severing as many ties as possible with the child's natural family and heritage.
Thankfully, Riben exposes this calculating and cruel mind-set--and what it has done to the children--with copious and well-documented research and a clear, engaging writing style. Given today's shortage of American babies available for adoption, Riben's chapters on the international adoption trade are especially revealing and moving. Case studies, statistics, analysis--Riben uses all the tools to make her point and delivers it with the crushing blow of a hammer.
No one who reads this book will come away without thinking that the adoption policies of America need to be re-thought and re-done. Riben, a longtime adoption-reform activist, deserves more attention and credit than I fear she will receive.
Kudoos, Mirah, don't put down your pen!
--Lorraine Dusky, author of "Birthmark" (1979), the first memoir from a birth mother.
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Very informative and educational book into the adoption industry which is not always the warm fuzzy world we think of with adoption. Truly an eye opener in regard to adoption.Published 5 months ago by DrNeunzig
This should be required reading for all those considering adoption as well families that have already been created through adoption. A great read.Published 11 months ago by Wendy Kramer
This publication was penned by an extremists and pushes a very skewed and unsupported view of adoption. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Movie Mom
I am adopted. This is one of the best books on why adoption of babies should be banned if they ban abortion. Adoption is supposed to be about placing children who already exist. Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Carolyn Carr
The book has an agenda. Clearly not organically objective. Additionally, there are writing tactics that anybody with a rudimentary understanding of research statistics would pick... Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by marco gidaro
This is an amazing expose that shines a bright light on the current state of adoption in the US. It is an inconvenient truth, but one we must all open our eyes to to prevent the... Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by LR
Note: This review recently appeared in the American Adoption Congress "Decree"
I would be lying if I said I enjoyed The Stork Market. Read more
While many reviewers applauded the author's "passion" on this controversial issue I found Riben's personal grievances distracting and banal. Read morePublished on June 1, 2008 by Cooper
If the topic was appropriate for a sixth grade class I would use this book to demonstrate to my students why they need to be critical readers and how authors use the following... Read morePublished on May 18, 2008 by Dawn De Lorenzo