Adam Pertman is President of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national nonprofit that is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Pertman – a former Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist – is also the Associate Editor of the professional journal Adoption Quarterly. And he is the author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America, which has been reviewed as “the most important book ever written on the subject.” In addition, he is the author of many chapters and articles on adoption- and family-related issues in books, scholarly journals and mass-market publications.
Pertman has delivered hundreds of keynotes, trainings and other presentations in the U.S. and internationally, and he is the recipient of numerous awards for his work on behalf of children and families. His commentaries – as well as articles about him, his book and the Adoption Institute – have appeared in the media throughout this country and in many others. As one of the leading experts on adoption and family issues, Pertman is widely quoted by journalists and has been a guest on many radio and television programs, including “Oprah,” the “Today” show, “The View,” and “Nightline.” Before embarking on his current career, Pertman was a senior journalist with The Boston Globe for more than two decades. He is a member of the Council on Contemporary Families, the editorial advisory board of Adoptive Families magazine, and the National Adoption Advisory Committee of the Child Welfare League of America, among others.