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Adam 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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