Adam Pertman is President and Founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, a unique “one-stop” organization that provides information, resources, education, training, consulting and advocacy to improve the lives of children, families and the professionals who serve them. NCAP is the child welfare division of Myriad Strategic Partners, a consultancy that provides organizational, strategic, financial, policy and communications services to nonprofit and business clients.
Pertman brings his experience and expertise from two highly successful careers to Myriad and NCAP. For the past decade, he 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 the new edition of his classic book, “Adoption Nation.” Previously, he distinguished himself for over 20 years as a senior reporter and editor with the Boston Globe, where his honors included a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his writing about adoption.
Pertman has delivered hundreds of keynotes, trainings and other presentations internationally. His commentaries on families and children have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, Huffington Post and on National Public Radio, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox News, as well as in publications around the world. As a leading expert on family issues, he is widely quoted by online, broadcast and print media, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, among others, and he has been a guest on many programs, including “Oprah,” “Today,” “The View” and “Nightline.”
Pertman’s honors include an Angel in Adoption award from the U.S. Congressional Coalition on Adoption; the Special Friend of Children Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; 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 President’s Award from the African American Cultural Council of Virginia; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Adoption Council; and, when he was a journalist, an award from the American Adoption Congress “for his eloquent witnessing of contemporary adoption.”
Pertman’s positions at the Boston Globe included Foreign Editor, Washington News Editor, Diplomatic Correspondent, National Political Correspondent, Family and Children’s Issues Reporter, and restaurant reviewer. His assignments included the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Philippine revolution, the first Gulf War, the Mideast peace process, the O.J. Simpson trials, and several presidential elections. 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. He and his wife, Judy Baumwoll, live in Massachusetts with their two children, Zachary and Emilia.