Pertman is executive director of The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption
Institute. 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. His book, Adoption
Nation (Basic Books) 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."
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"; the Year 2000 Journalism Award
from Holt International Children’s Services; and the Century Foundation’s
prestigious Leonard Silk Journalism Award.
As a leading expert on adoption and family issues, Pertman is often quoted
in electronic and print media outlets. He is a member of the Council on
Contemporary Families. He and his wife, Judy Baumwoll, live in Massachusetts
with their two children (both adopted): Zachary, 8 and Emilia, 5.
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