On this episode, Naomi Schaeffer Riley and Ian Rowe are joined by the CEO of Spence-Chapin, Kate Trambitskaya.

Overseeing one of the country’s oldest non-profit adoption agencies, Trambitskaya explains the key differences between public and private adoptions as well as recent cultural trends toward voluntary adoption while sustaining birth-family connections. Later on, Riley, Rowe, and Trambitskaya react to a recent article from the New York Times entitled, “Why aren’t there more rich foster parents?”

Show Notes:
– Private vs. public adoptions (1:29)
– Why have international adoptions fallen so much in the US? (2:56)
– Voluntary adoption as a positive choice birth parents make (7:41)
Spence-Chapin’s innovative approach toward interim care (12:51)
– Reacting to “Why aren’t there more rich foster parents?” (15:10)

Why aren’t there more rich foster parents? (The New York Times)


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  1. colleenb Member

    Interesting discussion. My daughter-in-law was adopted and I think she would have appreciated having contact with her birth mother in some way if that could have been arranged. I think this new way of thinking about adoption also makes it better for the birth mother/parent to know that they can have some contact at some time in their lives.

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