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The Future of Adoption: A Call to Action
The future of adoption: A call to action

It's tough to make predictions, especially aboutthe future.


To claim that adoption in the United States is in the midst of change may be anunderstatement. In his recent influential book AdoptionNation, Adam Pertman (2000) suggests that America is experiencingnothing short of an “adoption revolution.” Drawing on a volcanicanalogy, Pertman maintains that the simmering evolution of adoption over thepast quarter century has quickened to a boil into what many observers wouldconsider a full-blown eruption. “Before our eyes,” he concludes,“in our homes and schools and media and workplaces, Americais forever changing adoption even as adoption is forever changingAmerica” (p. 5).

To be sure, traditional adoption laws at the local, state, national, andinternational levels ...

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