Thursday, June 23, 2011

Armenian Adoption - Adoption Nation

Excellent book with updates featured in the Wall Street Journal today. I encourage everyone to read this important book.

A new book offers solid information that is often missing from the headlines — including facts about the impact of the Internet on adoption, the decline in international adoptions and the rise in foster-care adoptions.
In an updated edition of “Adoption Nation,” Adam Pertman, executive director of the nonprofit Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and an adoptive father himself, shows how patterns of adoption in the U.S. have turned upside down. Once-hot international adoptions have slowed amid rising nationalism, efforts to keep children with biological parents and fears of corruption, he writes. After peaking at 22,884 adoptions in 2004, U.S. adoptions of children from other countries fell 44% to 12,753 in 2009. Meanwhile, adoptions of foster children rose 53% to 55,000 in 2008 from 36,000 a decade earlier, amid policy changes and increased demand by parents. The website,, is an excellent resource on foster-care adoptions.