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1. Law, Policy & Practice
- MO High Court: Immigrant's Parental Rights Were Wrongly Terminated
- Ruling Reportedly Puts Second-Parent Adoptions in Jeopardy in NC
- Obama Signs Bill Extending Adoption Tax Credit through End of 2012

2. Research
- Research Shows Chinese Infant Adoptees Form Attachments Rapidly
- Adopted Stepchildren Found Similar in Well-Being to Other Adoptees
- Study Explores Reasons Parents Choose Different Types of Adoption
- Children's Institutionalization Linked to Greater Incidence of ADHD
- Analysis: Stigma Has Negative Impact on Gay/Lesbian Adoptive Parents

3. News
- Woman Who 'Returned' Boy to Russia Reportedly Keeps Parental Rights
- U.S. Seeking to Deport Korean Adoptee after Second Theft Conviction
- Reports of Abuses Lead to Changes in Ethiopia's Adoption Process
- 'Extreme' Family Recruitment Program Boasts High Success Rate

4. Resources
- Books for Foster, Adopted Children Draw on Author's Life Experience
- Latest Statistics Show Declines in Teen - and Overall - Birth Rates
- Two Websites Offer New Resources to Assist Older Foster Youth

5. From Our Partners
- Adoption Learning Partners Announces New Webinar on Attachment
- Adoption Quarterly Issue Devoted to National Parent Survey

6. Institute Update
- Our Sincere Thanks to Everyone Who Donated to the Institute in 2010
- Program Director Testifies to Canadian House of Commons Committee
- Executive Director's New Blog Focuses on Key Issues, Institute Work
- Adoptee Access to Birth Certificates Framed As an Equal Rights Issue
- Pertman Discusses Adoption Issues Important to Gay/Lesbian Families
- A Year after the Haiti Earthquake, Learning the Lessons for Children
- 'Practice Babies' Programs Brought to Light after Several Decades
- Importance Emphasized of Educating Parents Who Adopt from Abroad
- Changes in Types of Adoptive Parents Reflect Shifts in U.S. Culture
- Woman's Adoption of Her Ex-Husband Described as 'Highly Unusual'
- Corporate Matching Programs: A Great Way to Double Your Donation
- Institute's Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Report Available on Our Website
- Upcoming Appearances and Presentations by Institute Staff Members

 

Law, Policy & Practice

MO HIGH COURT: IMMIGRANT'S PARENTAL RIGHTS WERE WRONGLY TERMINATED
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the state failed to follow proper procedures in the case of a Guatemalan immigrant whose parental rights were terminated, according to a January 25 CNN.com story titled "Missouri Court Rules Immigrant's Adoption Rights Terminated Illegally." Imprisoned after an immigration raid, Encarnacion Bail Romero's parental rights were terminated in 2007 and her son was subsequently adopted by Seth and Melinda Moser. Under the state Supreme Court ruling, Bail Romero's son will continue to live with the Mosers until a new trial can be held to reassess the status of her parental rights. To read the full text of the opinion, go to: http://bit.ly/hRjYbq. To read the news story, go to: http://bit.ly/eM9Qaw. To read previous coverage, go to: http://bit.ly/dZAcEL.

RULING REPORTEDLY PUTS SECOND-PARENT ADOPTIONS IN JEOPARDY IN NC
A second-parent adoption by a North Carolina state senator of her ex-partner's biological son was ruled to be invalid by the state's Supreme Court, according to a December 21 article in The Star of Cleveland County, NC titled "N.C. Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Adoption." The article said the ruling "appears to close a method for same-sex couples to adopt unless the Legislature steps in." A lower court had allowed Senator Julia Boseman to adopt her partner Melissa Jarrell's son after he was born in 2002, with the women sharing parental rights. The state Supreme Court said the adoption "never occurred in the eyes of the law," but upheld a lower court ruling allowing joint custody of the child. To read the article, go to: http://bit.ly/hnrr0g. To read previous coverage, go to: http://bit.ly/h4fC8r. To read an amicus brief filed by the Adoption Institute in support of Boseman, go to: http://bit.ly/a3dwYy. To read the Institute's reports on gay/lesbian adoption, go to: http://bit.ly/bvhH73.

OBAMA SIGNS BILL EXTENDING ADOPTION TAX CREDIT THROUGH END OF 2012
On December 17, President Obama signed into law the Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853), which includes a provision extending the adoption tax credit through the end of 2012. The extension allows a tax credit of up to $13,170 for qualified families, and is refundable for tax years 2010 and 2011. For more information about the tax credit from the IRS web page, go to: http://bit.ly/62AmU. To read the text of the bill, go to: http://bit.ly/hzEytF.

 

Research

RESEARCH SHOWS CHINESE INFANT ADOPTEES FORM ATTACHMENTS RAPIDLY
A Canadian study of attachment development among 32 adopted Chinese girls (mean age at adoption = 13 months) found that although adoptive mothers reported more inhibited behaviors initially in their infants, after six months, the reported rate was about the same as for mothers in a comparison group of non-adopted infants. "The Emerging Attachment Relationship between Adopted Chinese Infants and their Mothers," by Mirella Pugliese, Nancy Cohen, Fataneh Farnia and Mirek Lojkasek, is in the December issue of Children and Youth Services Review (Volume 32, Issue 12). The study also reported no variability in adopted and non-adopted children's avoidant or resistant behaviors or in maternal nurturing or rejecting behaviors, concluding that the moderate deprivation these infants experienced before adoption did not interfere with their forming new attachments. To access an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/h3JGkN.

ADOPTED STEPCHILDREN FOUND SIMILAR IN WELL-BEING TO OTHER ADOPTEES
Drawing from a large national survey, children living in four types of families – adopted stepchildren, non-adopted stepchildren, children living with two biological parents and those with two adoptive parents – were compared. Adopted stepchildren (5% of stepchildren and 25% of adopted children) had significantly more behavior problems than those living with two biological parents but did not differ significantly in well-being from other groups of adopted and stepchildren. "The Characteristics and Well-Being of Adopted Stepchildren" by Susan Stewart, is published in the December issue of Family Relations (Volume 59, Issue 5). To access an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/gse5RG.

STUDY EXPLORES REASONS PARENTS CHOOSE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ADOPTION
"Intercountry Versus Transracial Adoption: Analysis of Adoptive Parents' Motivations and Preferences in Adoption," by Yuanting Zhang and Gary Lee, is in the January issue of the Journal of Family Issues (Volume 32, Issue 1). This qualitative study – of 10 adoptive families' motivations for their decisions to adopt transracially or internationally – found a complex array of attitudes and fears, often involving issues of race, class and gender. Some considerations included fear of birthparents reclaiming the child; discomfort with the market orientation of domestic infant adoption, wherein couples "compete" to be chosen; wanting an infant, particularly for a first child; the expectation of shorter waiting periods for international adoptions; fear of confronting difficult child problems; and a tendency to perceive cultural differences in adoptions from abroad as interesting to learn about rather than from a racial perspective, even when placement was transracial. To access an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/eG4UiN.

CHILDREN'S INSTITUTIONALIZATION LINKED TO GREATER INCIDENCE OF ADHD
"Behavioral and Emotional Symptoms of Post-institutionalized Children in Middle Childhood," by Kristen Wiik, Michelle Loman, Mark Van Ryzin, Jeffrey Armstrong, Marilyn Essex, Seth Pollak, and Megan Gunnar, is in the January issue of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (Volume 52, Issue 1). This study assessed child functioning in three groups of children, ages 8-11: ones adopted internationally from institutions, ones adopted internationally from foster care, and those living with their birth families. While adopted children had significantly more parent-reported externalizing and internalizing problems than their non-adopted peers, the differences between children coming from orphanages and those coming from foster care were primarily related to increased ADHD symptoms – 23% of post-institutionalized children met the clinical cutoff, as compared to 6% of those adopted from foster care and 3% of non-adopted children. To access an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/dG4frX.

ANALYSIS: STIGMA HAS NEGATIVE IMPACT ON GAY/LESBIAN ADOPTIVE PARENTS
Researchers investigated how both internalized and external stigma is associated with depression and anxiety among 90 lesbian and gay adoptive couples in their first year of parenthood. Important factors associated with fewer symptoms of depression and/or anxiety included lower internalized homophobia, higher perceived friend support, higher perceived gay-friendliness of neighborhood, higher workplace and family support, and higher relationship quality. "Stigma, Social Context, and Mental Health: Lesbian and Gay Couples Across the Transition to Adoptive Parenthood," by Abbie Goldberg and JuliAnna Smith, is in the January issue of the Journal of Counseling Psychology (Volume 58, Issue 1). Individuals with high internalized homophobia who lived in states with a legal climate unfavorable to gays and lesbians had the highest levels of anxiety and depression before adoption and the steepest increases in symptoms across their first year of parenthood. To access an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/fSIbtP.

More research is in the Adoption Quarterly section of "From Our Partners" below.

 

News

WOMAN WHO 'RETURNED' BOY TO RUSSIA REPORTEDLY KEEPS PARENTAL RIGHTS
The boy adopted by Torry Hansen in Tennessee and subsequently "returned" to Russia cannot be adopted there because Hansen refuses to terminate her parental rights, reports Natalya Krainova in a January 19 Moscow Times article titled "Boy Sent to Russia Can't Be Adopted." According to the story, U.S. prosecutors are attempting to terminate Hansen's parental rights, but she is refusing to do so in an attempt to avoid making child support payments. In the wake of the scandal, adoptions from Russia to the U.S. were slowed and a new bilateral agreement governing such adoptions is being drafted. For the article, go to: http://bit.ly/gAHZcr. For previous coverage, go to: http://bit.ly/dnHOgt and http://bit.ly/ekxfbJ. To read the Institute's press release calling for the "thoughtful, expeditious" resumption of Russia adoptions, go to: http://bit.ly/9XiMl3.

U.S. SEEKING TO DEPORT KOREAN ADOPTEE AFTER SECOND THEFT CONVICTION
A 31-year old woman adopted from Korea as an infant may be deported to South Korea after a second theft conviction because it turns out that neither she nor her parents filed for U.S. citizenship for her, reports a January 20 NewAmericanMedia.com article by Seung Woo Shin, translated by Aruna Lee. Originally appearing in The Korea Times, the story reports that the woman, only identified as "Seo", is a single mother of three children, speaks no Korean, and has never been back to her country of birth. The Korean consulate has requested that the deportation proceedings be halted, stating that it would be "impossible for the woman to live a normal life in Korea." To read the article, go to: http://bit.ly/gBSQXp.

REPORTS OF ABUSES LEAD TO CHANGES IN ETHIOPIA'S ADOPTION PROCESS
Recent reports of fraud and corruption have caused concern about adoptions from Ethiopia among child welfare organizations and the U.S. State Department, reports Peter Heinlein in a December 14 VOANews.com article titled "Under Pressure, Ethiopia Plans Crackdown on Baby Business." Earlier in the month, the State Department issued a statement cautioning prospective adoptive parents against "malfeasance and abuse" and announcing delays in the adoption process in an attempt to ensure that all adoptions are ethical and in the best interests of the child. Ethiopian officials report that they will close orphanages that only serve as "transit homes" en route to adoption, and re-accredit all foreign adoption agencies in an effort to impose higher ethical standards. To read the article, go to: http://bit.ly/eWXZWi. To read the State Department notice, go to http://bit.ly/bqj5wI and scroll down to December 6, 2010.

'EXTREME' FAMILY RECRUITMENT PROGRAM BOASTS HIGH SUCCESS RATE
An innovative foster care program in St. Louis, called "Extreme Recruitment," matches hard-to-place children with families in a matter of weeks rather than years, reports Curtis Sittenfeld in her January 10 TIME Magazine article titled "Foster Care: Extreme Edition." Created by the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, the program assigns a tightly coordinated team of professionals – including two full-time private investigators who look for possible adoptive parents within the child's biological family. While traditional child welfare models typically locate "a handful" of relatives, the Extreme Recruitment program finds a minimum of 40 and boasts a 70 percent success rate for the children they work with. To read the article, go to: http://bit.ly/fY7fbJ. To read the Institute's research on adoption from foster care, go to: http://bit.ly/aBt1WT.

 

Resources

BOOKS FOR FOSTER, ADOPTED CHILDREN DRAW ON AUTHOR'S LIFE EXPERIENCE
Adam Robe, who entered foster care at age 5 and was adopted at age 9, has written a series of books for children on adoption (both open and closed) and foster care. Adam also worked as a CASA volunteer with foster children and is now a child welfare professional. His publications have accompanying activity books and guides for adults on facilitating the activities and communicating with the children. To access his website, go to: http://www.robbietherabbit.com/.

LATEST STATISTICS SHOW DECLINES IN TEEN – AND OVERALL – BIRTH RATES
In December 2010, the National Center for Health Statistics issued its 105-page report, "Births: Final Data for 2008," including trends in fertility and teen and unmarried births. Overall, there was a 2 percent decline from the previous year in the number of births, a 2 percent decline in the birth rate for teens, and a 1 percent increase in childbearing by unmarried women. To access the report, go to: http://bit.ly/elvwZh.

TWO WEBSITES OFFER NEW RESOURCES TO ASSIST OLDER FOSTER YOUTH
The Center for the Study of Social Policy recently developed a new section on its "Policy for Results" website on youth transitioning from foster care. It includes strategies from various states to support older youth in care, including strategies for finding permanent families, as well as links to state data and other helpful information. To access, go to: http://bit.ly/i8JIMq.

The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections offers a PowerPoint presentation on its website, "Unpacking the 'No' of Permanency for Older Adolescents: Planning for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood," developed by Dr. Gary Mallon. It is designed to assist workers in learning how to talk with older youth about the concept of permanency and exploring their need for permanent families. To access, go to: http://bit.ly/hdI5lX.

 

From Our Partners

ADOPTION LEARNING PARTNERS ANNOUNCES NEW WEBINAR ON ATTACHMENT
Adoption Learning Partners is pleased to introduce a new webinar titled "Connecting Your Family: Inside and Out," which will be held on Tuesday, March 8. World-renowned attachment expert Dr. Dan Hughes will share family-centered strategies on how to connect to your child as a toddler, 'tween and teen. Dr. Hughes will be joined by Lynn Wetterberg, Executive Director of ATTACh, who will discuss finding attachment-related resources and adoption-competent professional support. The webinar will take place from 7 to 8 p.m., with Q&A from 8 to 8.30 p.m. (all times are Central). To register, go to: http://bit.ly/i05OeZ/a>.

ADOPTION QUARTERLY ISSUE DEVOTED TO NATIONAL PARENT SURVEY
The current Adoption Quarterly (Volume 13, Issues 3-4) is a special double issue devoted to articles analyzing data from the National Survey of Adoptive Parents. Two articles from this issue are summarized below, and more will be featured in upcoming Institute newsletters.

"The Well-Being of U.S. Children Adopted from Foster Care, Privately from the United States and Internationally," by Sharon Vandivere and Amy McKlindon, examines 8 child well-being indicators among sizeable samples – 763 adopted from foster care (FC), 781 private domestic (PD) adoptees, and 545 international (IN) adoptees. On most indicators, children adopted from foster care had a higher rate of challenges than the other adoption types, including ADHD (38%-FC, 19%-PD, 17%-IN); attachment disorder diagnoses at some point (21%-FC, 6%-PD, 8%-IN); and three cognitive development/education indicators. The differences were not statistically significant on problems with social behaviors. A post-adoption factor that predicted poorer performance across multiple areas was not having received at least one needed support, such as counseling or mental health care. To access an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/garS84..

"Exploring Motivations to Adopt," by Karin Malm and Kate Welti, reported some similarities in motivations for adopting across all types, which differed somewhat according to whether the parent knew the child prior to the adoption. For example, for those who knew the child before adoption, 23% were infertile and 43% were seeking to expand their families, as compared to 78% infertile and 92% seeking to expand family among adopters without an existing relationship with the child. Also, 45-46% of international and private domestic adopters had considered adopting from foster care. For those without a prior relationship with the child, foster care adopters were much more likely than other types to choose a different route for subsequent adoptions; however, this was not the case for the vast majority of foster care adopters overall (69% were foster parents and 23% relatives). To access an abstract, go to: http://bit.ly/eyn832.

 

Institute Update

OUR SINCERE THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED TO THE INSTITUTE IN 2010
On behalf of the Board and staff of the Adoption Institute, thank you to everyone who generously supported our work last year. Your gifts made it possible for us to successfully undertake our wide-ranging research, publications, presentations, trainings and other activities – including producing this e-newsletter. We're striving to have another banner year in 2011 and our researchers, "policy wonks" and public advocates are hard at work on an array of initiatives designed to improve the lives of all families touched by adoption and foster care. We hope you will help us succeed again this year. To make a new gift, please go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/about/support.php.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR TESTIFIES TO CANADIAN HOUSE OF COMMONS COMMITTEE
On December 2, Program Director Susan Smith presented testimony via video-link to the Human Resources Committee of Canada's House of Commons, which was holding a hearing on ways that country's federal government could support adoption for children in need of families. Susan provided information on how the U.S. supports adoptions from foster care, the outcomes of these efforts, and the importance of post-adoption services. To access her testimony and replies to questions, go to link below and scroll down to 9:40-10:30 time slots: http://bit.ly/geNvhB. To read the Adoption Institute's report on post-adoption services, go to: http://bit.ly/9c7HOz.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S NEW BLOG FOCUSES ON KEY ISSUES, INSTITUTE WORK
Executive Director Adam Pertman this month began a new blog, "Adoption Nation Journal." He has posted three commentaries so far: "Reinventing Adoption," "Equal Rights: Something We Should All Care About" and "It's About All of Us." Last week, he also started a new feature called "Quick Thoughts," in which he weighs in on hot topics of the moment. Pertman will also feature news about the Spring 2011 publication of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America," which is a completely revised and updated version of the first edition and was reviewed as "the most important book ever written on the subject." To subscribe, like and follow Adam's writing, go to: www.adampertman.com.

ADOPTEE ACCESS TO BIRTH CERTIFICATES FRAMED AS AN EQUAL RIGHTS ISSUE
Adoption Institute Executive Director Adam Pertman wrote a commentary on equal rights for adopted people that was published on January 12 by The Huffington Post and titled "A Civil Right: Adoptees Should Have Access to Their Birth Certificates." In addition to listing medical, identity-related, genealogical and emotional reasons for why access is important, Pertman emphasized that the dire consequences that had been predicted before passage of equal rights legislation for other groups never came to pass. "It sure does feel important to the people who are deprived," Pertman wrote. "And if we understand that it's about equality and social justice for another group of Americans – 7 million of them – maybe we'll feel it too." To read more, go to: http://huff.to/dIsR1O. To read the Institute's reports on adoptees' access to the original birth certificates, go to: http://bit.ly/bNQOpp.

PERTMAN DISCUSSES ADOPTION ISSUES IMPORTANT TO GAY/LESBIAN FAMILIES
In an interview published on January 10, Executive Director Pertman discusses some of the struggles and advances made by prospective and current adoptive families in the LGBT community. Featured on dot429.com and the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, the interview included discussion of recent trends, specific issues and obstacles, and recommendations for members of the LGBT community who are deciding whether to adopt. Pertman asserted, "The fact is, there are lots of lesbian and gay people who want to give homes to children, so the real victims when that isn't allowed to happen are the kids who wind up in temporary or group care or some other less-advantageous situation." To read more, go to: http://bit.ly/gaBvSZ or http://bit.ly/eDhpls. To read the Institute's reports on gay/lesbian adoption, go to: http://bit.ly/bvhH73.

A YEAR AFTER THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE, LEARNING THE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
On January 12, on the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette examined the effects of that crisis in an article titled "Fallout Felt from Airlift of Haitian Orphans," by Mackenzie Carpenter. The article recalled the airlift of the 54 orphans in January 2010 headed by Governor Ed Rendell – a controversial act that led to strong but divergent reactions from the public, adoptive families and adoption professionals. In the story, Pertman cautioned that "if you act too precipitously, you make mistakes" and emphasized the importance of learning lessons from the Haiti episode to improve the response when there is a crisis in the future. To read more, go to: http://bit.ly/fQS1pp. To read past coverage about the Haiti crisis, go to: http://bit.ly/geqG1K. To read the Institute's press release in response to post-quake adoptions from Haiti, go to: http://bit.ly/dcnxyZ.

'PRACTICE BABIES' PROGRAMS BROUGHT TO LIGHT AFTER SEVERAL DECADES
A January 7 article on ABCNews.com titled "'Practice Babies': 1 Orphan Raised by 8 Mothers" discussed a little-known chapter in adoption history. From 1919 and through the 1960's, some colleges offered programs in which a small group of students known as "practice mothers" cared for an infant for six weeks. The "practice mothers" were then replaced by a new group of students. The "practice babies" were often children of single mothers from the child-welfare system who spent a couple of years in the program and then were adopted into a family. The programs were phased out as professionals realized that stability of environment and care-giving were of utmost importance to healthy development. Pertman observed that "[w]e sort of got it wrong at both ends of the spectrum. ... At the orphanage, there were not enough hands, and in this program, there were too many. We didn't think it through or simply didn't understand the consequences of what was being done." To read the full article, go to: http://abcn.ws/g1CYhA.

IMPORTANCE EMPHASIZED OF EDUCATING PARENTS WHO ADOPT FROM ABROAD
"Ins and Outs of Adopting Abroad," an article that appeared on December 18 in The Sentinal, details the process of international adoption and discusses specific hurdles. Pertman reiterated the importance of adoptive parent preparation and explained how adjustment and attachment issues may impact each adoption: "They're going to do better and they're going to thrive if you're willing to address the issues that your kids have. It doesn't mean that you shouldn't adopt them. It means that these kids need parents, and the parents need to be educated." To read more, go to: http://bit.ly/eiKj8a. To read the Institute's report on Adoptive Parent Preparation, go to: http://bit.ly/fALUPT.

CHANGES IN TYPES OF ADOPTIVE PARENTS REFLECT SHIFTS IN U.S. CULTURE
On December 25, the Democrat and Chronicle chronicled the journey of how a single father and a teenage son came together to become a loving family. In her article titled "An Irondequoit Family Illustrates New Faces of Adoption," Karen Miltner highlighted one of the new patterns in adoption, where the pool of potential adoptive parents is growing and changing to include single parents and those from gay and lesbian communities. In addition, the number of adoptions of older children or children with special needs is also increasing. "Our culture is changing, our understanding of what a family looks like is changing, and adoption is a really good indicator," Pertman observed. To read more, go to: http://bit.ly/eJO9sR.

WOMAN'S ADOPTION OF HER EX-HUSBAND DESCRIBED AS 'HIGHLY UNUSUAL'
A strange case of a woman adopting her ex-husband in order to gain a larger share of a family inheritance was reported by Cris Barrish in a January 2 article titled "The Gore War" that appeared in Delaware Online. The woman, Susan W. Gore, adopted Jan C. Otto, her former husband, in an attempt to claim a larger portion of her father's trust, which was described as "a vast fortune." The adoption and ensuing family feud has evoked emotional and moral reactions. Asked for his reaction, Pertman said adoption should be about finding homes for children who need them and added of this case: "It's highly unusual, if not unique. ... It certainly approaches some ethical lines, if not cross them." To read more, go to: http://bit.ly/h6FREV.

CORPORATE MATCHING PROGRAMS: A GREAT WAY TO DOUBLE YOUR DONATION
The contribution you make to the Adoption Institute can do double duty-or even triple! As good corporate citizens, many companies sponsor matching gift programs. The matches are most often dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. When you make a donation to the Institute, please check with your HR department to see if your company offers such a plan. The Development Department staff will be happy to help you with any paperwork. Please contact us at wboltz@adoptioninstitute.org.

INSTITUTE'S FISCAL YEAR 2010 ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE
The Adoption Institute has just published its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2010 (which covers the period July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010). The report highlights some of the Institute's accomplishments in the past year, reports on its events and financial activities, and includes messages from Board President Susan Notkin and Executive Director Adam Pertman, as well as quotes from those who have benefited from the Institute's work. If you would like a printed copy of the report, please contact Nikita Huggins at nhuggins@adoptioninstitute.org. To access the report online, go to: http://bit.ly/fZfSZX

UPCOMING APPEARANCES AND PRESENTATIONS BY INSTITUTE STAFF MEMBERS
The following is a listing of near-term appearances by Executive Director Adam Pertman and presentations by senior staff. To inquire about Institute staff availability for speaking engagements, call 212-925-4089 or email info@adoptioninstitute.org. For more information and a more complete list, go to: http://www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/events/appearances.php.

  • 2/24 – Lake Lanier, Georgia; Keynote Address by Adam Pertman entitled "What Research Teaches Us About Best Practices in Adoption," presented at the GALAA-Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies annual conference. The event will be held at the Legacy Lodge Resort and Conference Center Lake Lanier, Georgia. For more information, go to: http://sites.google.com/site/galaaorg1
  • 3/1 – Teleconference training and Q&A; Presentation and discussion by Adam Pertman entitled "A Revolution in the Family: The Realities of Adoption Today," offered for parents and professionals by Whole Hearted Parenting from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, go to: http://tinyurl.com/2dupf7j
  • 3/10 – Book reading and signing by Adam Pertman for newly published Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families – and America." Sponsored by the Lutheran Social Services Post-Adoption Resource Center from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 Saint Ronan Street, New Haven, CT. For more information, go to: www.adoptlss.org

 

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