MIRAH RIBEN is author of two internationally acclaimed books, "shedding light
on...The Dark Side of Adoption" (1988) and "The Stork Market: America’s
Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry" (2007) and dozens of articles.
She blogs at Huffington Post 

Riben has been researching, writing and speaking about the need to reform and
de-commercialize American adoption practices since 1979. She speaks out against
corruption, coercive and exploitative tactics in both domestic and international adoption
including kidnapping and trafficking for adoption. 

Riben is a proponent of human rights with a focus on the rights of mothers, fathers,
children and families in crisis, and a long-time proponent of adoptee equal rights. 

Riben supports family preservation and opposes all profiteering in adoption and
falsification of original birth certificates. She supports repeal of the laws that sealed
original birth certificates from American citizens who are adopted and the replacement of
closed, secret adoptions with simple adoption or permanent legal guardianship, after all
attempts to provide resources for children to remain safely within their extended family
have been exhausted. Such alternative child care would legally maintain the child’s name
and allow for knowledge of and contact with, the original family. 

Riben has appeared on several national television programs (some are available in
Presentation section herein), and has been keynote and invited speaker at numerous
national and state adoption conferences as well as the 6th Annual PLI Adoption Law
Institute Conference panel, “Costs of Adoption: A Survey and Ethical Considerations”; the
7th Annual NJ Research Conference on Women, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey;
the 2007 Adoption Ethics and Accountability Conference sponsored by The Evan B. Donaldson
Adoption Institute and Ethica, Inc.; Association for Research on Mothering Conference,
York University, Toronto, Canada 2009. 

Former Associate editor of three national magazines, Ribenis retired from Rutgers
University. She is former Director of the American Adoption Congress and Past Vice
President of Communications of Origins-USA, a national non-profit that advocates for
mothers' rights and keeping natural families together. In 1980 Riben co-founded the
original Origins, a New Jersey-based national organization for women who lost children to
adoption (unaffiliated with any other similarly named organization). 

Riben was a pioneer, among the very first mothers in the nation to publicly address the
lifelong pain of losing a child to adoption, she put a face on women who had been called
the invisible party in adoption. Risking imprisonment, Riben has reunited hundreds of
families separated by adoption and helped mothers prevent unnecessary adoptions. 

The STORK MARKET reveals how in 1987, after Joel Steinberg was arrested for the murder of
his illegally adopted daughter, Lisa, Riben reunited the toddler boy found in the home of
Steinberg and Hedda Nussbaum with his original family who had been pressured into
allowing the child to be adopted. 

Riben has housed expectant mothers in need, is a former foster parent, and raised three
children. 

THE STORK MARKET is available at: 

http://tinyurl.com/stork-amazon http://tinyurl.com/adoption-rights 

Riben blogs at www.HuffingtonPost.com/mirah-riben 

Adoption / Family Preservation

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All He Wanted for Christmas Was His Name, Adoption Voices (2014)

Sealed adoption records cause unbtold problems for adoptees.

 

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Adopted then Discarded: Online Child Trafficking, Dissident Voice (2013)

Re-homing is a euphanism for the practice of adoptive parents giving away adopted children to...

 

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Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities: Genetic Inheritance, Dissident Voice (2013)

Article raises questions facing society today: What responsibilities do biological parents have to the products...

 

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Adoption Hype: Media Misrepresentations and Accepted Myths, Dissident Voice (2013)

The author argues that media reliance solely on adoption industry experts is akin to interviewing...

 

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Child Removal for Adoption: Financial “Solution” Versus Humane and Cost Effective Remedies, DissidentVoice (2012)

"Solutions" to single parenthood, is often punative for moral/religious resosns or now as a financial...

 

Adoption: Access to birth certificates

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Angelina Jolie: A Human Rights Issue That Needs You, Huffington Post (2014)

Angleina Jolie's three children who are born to her have access to their birth certificates...

 

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Rights of child must come first in adoption laws, Courier-Post (2014)

NJ Birthright Bill pits the rights of adoptees to obtain their own birth certificate against...

 

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The Last – and Least Recognized – Americans Denied Equal Rights, DissidentVoice (2013)

Adoptees are denied equal access to their own birth certificates all other citizens enjoy. This...

 

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Alison Larkin: The English American Speaks Her Truth About Adoption, The Beacon: American Adoption Congress (2012)

Mirah Riben interviews Alison Larkin, adoptee, author and one-woman show writer-performer, about her adoption, international...

 

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Adopted Citizens Denied Access to Their Birth Certificates: A Little-Known Civil Rights issue, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (2011)

American citizens who were adopted are denied the right to access their own original birth...

 

Adoption as a women's issues

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Is the War on Abortion Heating Up?, News Blaze (2012)

The war on abortion is heating up. This article exposes the connection from the legislative...

 

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Reverse Robinhoodism: Pitting Poor Against Affluent Women in the Adoption Industry (with Bernadette Wright), Conducive Magazine (2009)

This article was originally submitted to a Canadian feminist journal, for a special issue on...

 

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Adoption Loss, Pain, Irresolvable and Universal Grief (2009)

Adoption loss is a limbo loss with no ritual or closure, that has been recognized...

 

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Who Deserves to be a Mother: The Impact of Class, Age and Powerlessness, (2009)

Worldwide, poverty far exceeds abuse, neglect or abandonment as adoption moves children from economically at-risk...

 

International Adoption

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Part IV: Adoption Complexities: A Peek behind the Curtain, WCOC TV Channel 26 (2014)

July 2014 Presentation by Mirah Riben Part IV: International Adoption: Russia Closes Adoption Due to...

 

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Adopted then Discarded: Online Child Trafficking, Dissident Voice (2013)

Re-homing is a euphanism for the practice of adoptive parents giving away adopted children to...

 

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Adopted children not safe in US, better protected in Russia, RT: Russia Today television (2013)

Russia is demanding answers as to why a 3-year-old boy died, allegedly at the hands...

 

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RT Russian American Television Interview RE: Jan. 2013 Death of Max Shatto (2013)

Max Shatto was born in Russia and adopted by Americans, Alan and Laura Shatto. The...

 

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American Babies Exported for Adoption, Dissident Voice (2012)

Article explores the issue of US-born children being adopted out of the country while thousands...

 

Adoption Ethics

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A Mother's Fight for Her Son, Huffington Poat (2014)

If adoption is supposed to find homes for children who are abandoned, abused, neglected...how does...

 

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Adopted then Discarded: Online Child Trafficking, Dissident Voice (2013)

Re-homing is a euphanism for the practice of adoptive parents giving away adopted children to...

 

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Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities: Genetic Inheritance, Dissident Voice (2013)

Article raises questions facing society today: What responsibilities do biological parents have to the products...

 

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The Last – and Least Recognized – Americans Denied Equal Rights, DissidentVoice (2013)

Adoptees are denied equal access to their own birth certificates all other citizens enjoy. This...

 

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Where is the Line Between Adoption and Baby Buying?, Dissident Voice (2013)

Shaun Micheline, is in a California jail for grand theft and other felony charges. His...

 

Adoption and the Religious Right

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Prophecy, Proselytizing and Profit: Adopting Christian Soldiers, Dissident Voice (2010)

The author explores adoption as encouraged by religion as a rescue mission. The push for...

 

Other

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Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities: Genetic Inheritance, Dissident Voice (2013)

Article raises questions facing society today: What responsibilities do biological parents have to the products...

 

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Statistics, Politics, and Solutions in the Gun Discussion, DissidentVoice (2013)

Exposes how statistics are manipulated by pro-gun lobbyists and enthusiasts and makes a new suggestion...

 

Adoption Atrocity

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Adopted then Discarded: Online Child Trafficking, Dissident Voice (2013)

Re-homing is a euphanism for the practice of adoptive parents giving away adopted children to...

 

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WNBC-TV NY 1987 coverage of Candlelight Vigil for Lisa Steinberg (1987)

In 1987 the world was shocked by the reported brutal abuse of 6-year-old Lisa who...

 

Book Reviews

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Between the Lines: Seeking True Culpabaility, CUB Communicator, Concerned United Birthparents, Des Moines, IA (1995)
 

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Book Review: What Lisa Knew, CUB Communicator, Concerned United Birthparents, Des Moines, IA (1991)

review of Joyce Johnson's book, "What Lisa Knew"

 

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Book Review: Birth Bond, CUB Communicator, Concerned United Birthparents, Des Moines, IA (1990)

Review of Birth Bond by Goldman and brown CUB Communicator, June 1990 Concerned United Birthparents,...

 

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Book Review: Recreating Motherhood, CUB Communicator, Concerned United Birthparents, Des Moines, IA (1989)

Review of "Recreating Motherhood: Ideology and technology in a Patriarchal Society" by Barbara Katz Rothman....

 

Adopted Child Syndrome

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Adoptees Who Kill: Examining the Psychological, Societal and Criminal Justice Ramifications of Adopted Child Syndrome, Crime Magazine (2014)

Although only a small percentage of adoptees commit violent acts, adoptees are far more likely...

 

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Adoption and Parenticide: Seeking Truth and Justice, Dissident Voice (2012)

The article explores cases of adoptees who murder one or both parents and explains Adopted...

 

Opinion

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Opinion: Author, Lecturer, Mirah Riben Responds, St. Michael Patch (2011)

Riben replies to adoptive parent concerns about privacy and innappropriate questions.

 

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A Mothers' Day Letter to Angelina Jolie..., OpEd News (2007)

Angeklina Jolie's choice tio adopt children intertnationally as opposed to taking children from US foster...

 

Gun control

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Statistics, Politics, and Solutions in the Gun Discussion, DissidentVoice (2013)

Exposes how statistics are manipulated by pro-gun lobbyists and enthusiasts and makes a new suggestion...

 

Adoption Mythology

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Adoption Hype: Media Misrepresentations and Accepted Myths, Dissident Voice (2013)

The author argues that media reliance solely on adoption industry experts is akin to interviewing...

 

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Who are the 143 Million Orphans?, Conducive Magazine (2010)

Statistics suggest that 143 million orphans exist around the globe. Presumably these orphans need homes...

 

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THE STORK MARKET: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry (2007)

Expose of the privatization of the adoption industry; the indistinguishable line between gray and black...

 

Death by abuse in adoption

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RT Russian American Television Interview RE: Jan. 2013 Death of Max Shatto (2013)

Max Shatto was born in Russia and adopted by Americans, Alan and Laura Shatto. The...

 

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THE STORK MARKET: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry (2007)

Expose of the privatization of the adoption industry; the indistinguishable line between gray and black...

 

Adoption Loss

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Adopted then Discarded: Online Child Trafficking, Dissident Voice (2013)

Re-homing is a euphanism for the practice of adoptive parents giving away adopted children to...

 

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Sacrificial Firstborn (2013)

This is a poem I wrote in July 1998 that was first publsihed in the...

 

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THE STORK MARKET: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry (2007)

Expose of the privatization of the adoption industry; the indistinguishable line between gray and black...

 

Reproductive Rights

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Reproductive Rights and Responsibilities: Genetic Inheritance, Dissident Voice (2013)

Article raises questions facing society today: What responsibilities do biological parents have to the products...

 

Re-homing

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All He Wanted for Christmas Was His Name, Adoption Voices (2014)

Sealed adoption records cause unbtold problems for adoptees.

 

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Adopted then Discarded: Online Child Trafficking, Dissident Voice (2013)

Re-homing is a euphanism for the practice of adoptive parents giving away adopted children to...

 

Child trafficking for adoption

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Suffer the Children: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable, Dissident Voice (2009)

Worldwide, there are approximately 143 million “orphans” based on figures that include children with only...

 

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THE STORK MARKET: America's Multi-Billion Dollar Unregulated Adoption Industry (2007)

Expose of the privatization of the adoption industry; the indistinguishable line between gray and black...

 

Sealed adoption records

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Part I: Adoption Complexities: Peeking Behind the CurtaiV, WCOC TV Channel 26 (2014)

July 2014 Presentation by Mirah Riben: Part V: Desperate to Find Their Roots Adoptees Turn...

 

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Part IV: Adoption Complexities: A Peek behind the Curtain, WCOC TV Channel 26 (2014)

July 2014 Presentation by Mirah Riben Part IV: International Adoption: Russia Closes Adoption Due to...

 

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All He Wanted for Christmas Was His Name, Adoption Voices (2014)

Sealed adoption records cause unbtold problems for adoptees.

 

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Morton Downey Jr. Show: Adoption Part II (1989)

In approx. 1989, Downey puffs his cigarette as he talks about trying to adopt a...

 

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The Cabbage Patch Phenomenon, The Women's Newspaper of Princeton (1984)
 

The Adoption Industry

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Part II: Adoption Complexities: A Peek behind the Curtain, WCOC TV Channel 26 (2014)

July 2014, WCOC-TV, Channel 26, Presentation by Mirah Riben Part II: 1960s to Present; Infertiloity,...

 

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Part III: Adopion Complexities: Peeking Behind the Curtain, WCOC TV Channel 26 (2014)

Part III: International Adoptions and Country Closures for Corruption, Exploitation, Kidnap, and Child Trafficking. Finding...

 

Black market adoption

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The Joan River Show: The Dark Side of Adoption Part 2 of 2 (1990)

In 1990 Joan Rivers had a short-lied morning talk show. On this episode she discusses...

 

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The Joan Rivers Show: The Dark Side of Adoption Part 2 of 2 (1990)

In 1990 Joan Rivers had a short-lied morning talk show. On this episode she discusses...

 

Private adoption

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Private Adoption: White Knights or Flesh Peddlers Part 1 of 4, The GERALDO Show (Gerlado Rivera) (1989)

Part 1 of 4: This episode of the "GERALDO" Rivera show followed the 1987 death...

 

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Private Adoption: White Knights or Flesh Peddlers Part 2 of 4, The GERALDO Show (Geraldo Rivera) (1989)

Part 2 of 4 of The Geraldo River Show following the death of illegally adopted...

 

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Private Adoption: White Knights or Flesh Peddlers Part 3 of 4, The GERALDO Show (Geraldo Rivera) (1989)

Part 3 of 4 of The Geraldo Rivera Show aired following the Joel Steinberg murder...

 

Baby Brokers

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Private Adoption: White Knights or Flesh Peddlers Part 2 of 4, The GERALDO Show (Geraldo Rivera) (1989)

Part 2 of 4 of The Geraldo River Show following the death of illegally adopted...

 

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Private Adoption: White Knights or Flesh Peddlers Part 4 of 4, The GERALDO Show (Geraldo Rivera) (1989)

Part 4 of 4. This episode of Geraldo was taped following the headline making death...

 

Adoption Failure

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Impermanence: When Adoptions fail, Huffington Post (2014)

A LI seeking to nullify their two adoptions creates questions about the stability and permanence...

 

No subject area

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Russian Ban on U.S. Adoptions: Is if Fair?, DissidentVoice (2013)

The 2013 ban on American citizens adopting children from Russia has been called political, and...

 

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Putin Bans Americans from Adopting Russian Children (2012)

Russia Today (RT) television discusses Putin's banon Americans adopting Russian children. I discuss the abuses...

 

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Russia Today-TV Interview (2012)

Russian President Putin bans adoptions to America because of multiple abuses and lack of oversight.

 

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American Home for Russian Kids: A Curse or Blessing? (2012)

A Russia Today (RT) report on the proposed adoption ban, the lack of follow-up, the...

 

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Contract (2011)