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. 

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
and in favor of equal rights for adopted citizens. 

As a proponent of human rights with a focus on the rights of mothers, fathers, children
and families in crisis, 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, 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. 

Riben, former Associate editor of three national magazines, is 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 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 http://FamilyPreservation.blogspot.com 

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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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...

 

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Repeal the Seal!, AAC Decree: American Adoption Congress (2011)

Instead of introducing legislation to give back rights to adoptees taken from them during the...

 

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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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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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...

 

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Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics and Baby Selling?, OpEd News (2010)

International adoption (IA) is being debated. Some say it is necessary to continue in order...

 

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Facing the real issues in international adoption, Russia Beyond the Headlines (2010)

Americans adopt between 2,000 and 4,000 children from Russia annually, but six months after one...

 

Adoption Ethics

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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...

 

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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 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...

 

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

Sealed adoption records cause unbtold problems for adoptees.

 

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

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The Sealed Records Controversy, The Woman's Newspaper of Princeton (1983)
 

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)