Every adoption involves complicated circumstances that deeply impact parents on both sides of the equation.
When it comes to the emotional and physical struggles every new parent faces though, birth moms get very little support. In fact, Adam Pertman, President and CEO of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and the father of two adopted children, says, “they’re too often considered an afterthought.”
Pertman is also the author of Adoption Nation (Harvard Common Press; 2nd edition, 2011) and an expert at navigating the world of adoption, which he says is understandably “very sensitive territory.” We began our conversation by clarifying some terms.
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