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Published:April 12th, 2007 13:32 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Mirah (aka Marsha) Riben, Author of The Stork Market

Judyth Piazza chats with Mirah (aka Marsha) Riben, Author of The Stork Market

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

MIRAH (aka Marsha) RIBEN has been researching, writing and speaking about the need to reform, humanize, and de-commercialize American adoption practices for nearly three decades.

Excerpts of [Riben`s first book] The Dark Side of Adoption (1988),  have appeared in Utne Reader; Social Issue Resources Series, Inc.; and Macrocosm USA. Additionally, her articles have appeared in The Women`s Newspaper of Princeton, Suburban Parent, Jersey Woman, the New York Times Op Ed, The Jewish Press, The Adoption Therapist, Mothering, Nurturing, and Family Journal.

MIRAH RIBEN, a former Director-at-Large of the American Adoption Congress, is co-founder of Origins, a New Jersey-based national organization for women who have lost children to adoption.

Speaking publicly since 1979, Riben has been called an iconoclast. She appeared on several national television programs, including Joan Rivers to discuss the Steinberg/Nussbaum murder of their illegally adopted child.

She has been keynote speaker for the American Adoption Congress; and has spoken at countless other conferences including Parents of Tomorrow, Adoption Forum, Council on Equal Rights in Adoption, Origins, and Concerned United Birthparents. Riben was an invited speaker at the 7th Annual NJ Research Conference on Women, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ.

She has substitute taught at Staten Island College and guest lectured at Rutgers University. Riben is the mother of four, one of whom was lost to adoption shortly after birth and is now deceased.
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Riben is creator of, and resposbible for:

    * www.TheBirthParentProject.org - a suvey of over 500 mothers who relinquished chidlren to adoption
    * www.TwiceLost.org - The Adoption Kinship Memorial Wall
    * www.PPFFPP.org - Parents and Professionals for Family Preservation and Protection On