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International Adoptions
Last Featured: 6/25/2007

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Madonna's adoption of a child from Malawi and the controversy it generated grabbed headlines. But what about the average person? For them it's becoming more difficult to adopt children from China, Russia and Guatemala. By 2008, the U.S. will join the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, an international treaty that will govern the adoption process across national boundaries. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we look at international adoptions: how this new treaty will affect adoptions worldwide and what can be done to help children around the world looking for families.

Conversation with a Family
Host Margot Adler joins Ellen, Larry, Elizabeth and Martha Anderson at their home in Queens, NY to discuss Martha's adoption from Russia in 1993.
Margot with Martha Anderson
Elizabeth, Larry, Martha and Ellen Anderson

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Interview with an Adoption Expert
Host Margot Adler speaks with Adam Pertman about trends in international adoption and the recent changes to China's adoption policy.

Adam Pertman is the executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national nonprofit that specializes in adoption research, policy and education. He is the author of Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming America. Pertman was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his writing about adoption in The Boston Globe, where he was a reporter and editor.

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A Conversation on the Hague Treaty on International Adoption
Adoption agency representative Tom DiFilipo and adoption advocate Trish Maskew join host Margot Adler in a conversation about the potential effects of a new international treaty on adoption.

Thomas DiFilipo is the president and CEO of the Joint Council on International Children's Services. Previously, he served as vice president of the CASI Foundation for Children and as chief operations officer for the International Children's Alliance. He is the father of three children, with two joining the family through adoption.

Trish Maskew is the president of Ethica, an adoption advocacy group in Silver Spring, MD. In 2003-2004, she worked for the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference, in the Hague, Netherlands, where she assisted in writing an implementation manual for countries ratifying the Hague Adoption Convention. Trish is also the author of Our Own: Adopting and Parenting the Older Child. She is the parent of children who joined her family through birth, foster care, and adoption.

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Report on Chinese Adoption Rules
Reporter Steve Mencher investigates how China’s new adoption policy will affect Americans waiting to adopt children from China and others who may want to adopt in the future.
Photo of Lily, adopted from China by Theresa Raphael.

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Heritage Tours
Host Margot Adler speaks with social worker Deborah Johnson about how families can explore the culture of an adopted child's birth country.

Deborah Johnson is a social worker and a director with the Ties Homeland Tour program at the Adoptive Family Travel Agency. The program allows adoptees and their families to explore their roots through the history and culture of their birth country. She is also a columnist for Adoptive Families magazine.

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Special Needs Adoptions
Host Margot Adler interviews adoption professional Susan Soon-keum Cox about children with special needs who are up for adoption in other countries.

Susan Soon-keum Cox is the vice president of public policy and external affairs for Holt International Children's Services, one of the oldest and largest adoption agencies in the country.

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Commentary from an Adoptive Father
Martin Wells shares his thoughts on what it's like to be a father of two adopted children, one with special needs.

Wells is currently the news director of NET Radio, a statewide public radio network based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and is one of 17 children. Wells and his wife Carol have two adopted Chinese children. Melanie is six and James is four.

Melanie, Carol, Martin and James Wells
James and Melanie Wells
Martin Wells, his parents and his 16 siblings, 14 of whom are adopted

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