Karen welcomes Adam Pertman, founder, president, and CEO of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency to the show for part one of their conversation about big picture permanency issues in adoption and foster care.
The National Center on Adoption and Permanency, a unique nonprofit that provides research, resources, education, training, consulting and advocacy to improve the lives of children, families and the professionals who serve them. NCAP’s mission is to move child welfare policy and practice beyond the traditional “child-placement” model to a new paradigm focused on enabling children and their families to succeed.
For over a decade, Adam Pertman established himself as one of the most effective and respected thought leaders in the child welfare world as head of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national nonprofit that he built into the pre-eminent research, policy and advocacy think tank in its field. Pertman also served as Associate Editor of the scholarly journal Adoption Quarterly and is a widely published author, including of his classic book Adoption Nation*, which has been reviewed as “the most important book ever written on the subject.”
Previously, he distinguished himself for over 20 years as a senior reporter and editor with the Boston Globe, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his writing about adoption. Pertman’s positions at the Globe included Foreign Editor, Washington News Editor, Diplomatic Correspondent, National Political Correspondent, National Reporter, Family and Children’s Issues Reporter, and restaurant reviewer.
Pertman is a member of the National Joint Commission for Policy and Practice of the Child Welfare League of America, the Council on Contemporary Families and the Editorial Advisory Board of Adoptive Families magazine. He also serves as Senior Advisor to the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America. He and his wife are the parents of two children by adoption.
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