Adam Pertman

Bio for Adam: Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, is also the Associate Editor of Adoption Quarterly, the premier professional journal in its field, and is the author of Adoption Nation, which was named Book of the Year by the National Adoption Foundation and has been reviewed as “the most important book ever written on the subject.” He 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. Pertman’s other honors include: the Angel in Adoption Award from the U.S. Congress; the Special Friend of Children Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists; the Friend of Adoption Award from the ODS Adoption Community of New England; the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law’s first award for “the nation’s greatest contributor to public understanding about adoption and permanency placement issues”; the American Adoption Congress’ first award to the journalist who has done most to inform our nation about adoption and “for his eloquent witnessing of contemporary adoption”; and the Year 2000 Journalism Award from Holt International Children’s Services.

Pertman’s commentaries have run in major print and broadcast media nationwide, and articles about him and his book have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines nationwide, including People. He has been a guest on many radio and television programs, including Oprah and the Today Show. As a leading expert on adoption and family issues, Pertman is regularly quoted by journalists. He has delivered scores of keynote speeches and other presentations internationally for organizations including the Child Welfare League of America, the American Adoption Congress, the National Academy of Sciences, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Joint Council on International Children’s Services, and the National Association of Child Advocates.