Tenenbum's Deep Affiliation with National Council For Adoption
. IATP's stated goal was:
To develop and implement programs to train designated staff of eligible health centers in providing adoption information and referrals to pregnant women on an equal basis with all other courses of action included in non-directive counseling to pregnant women.
Kelly McBride of Planned Parenthood of Indiana noted the exclusive and "constant focus on 'child-centered' counseling" and "how to inform clients that adoption is a 'good choice for the child.'" She said she was given "tips and techniques...about how to work against [women's] resistance, make them proud of their decision and convince them that adoption is a good choice." One family planning provider from Planned Parenthood of Collier Country, Florida, said she was told to repeatedly bring up adoption as an option, even if a woman says she is not interested. These examples border on coercion and clearly violate both Title X guidelines and principles of medical ethics.
Another key criticism was the negative lens through which trainers viewed clients. Marquardt noted that counselors were encouraged "to identify clients as deluded, not living in the real world, not being practical, participating in self- betrayal, being ignorant, and generally being unable to make good choices, unless...it's the choice the counselor would make for the client." He commented that such a negative view of the client is counterproductive, by preventing the counselor from establishing a constructive rapport with the client or aiding the client to make the choice that is best for her.
Van Deelen's history with NCFA goes back to at least 1984, when he testified, along with Bill Pierce, on behalf of NCFA in a Senate hearing. More about Adoption Associates in a forthcoming posting.
Harlan Tenenbaum is an “Angel” and worthy of the Congressional Coalition’s Angel in Adoption Award. The child of an adopted mother, Harlan learned how important it is for each child to be brought up in a loving family. Together, he and his mother have opened an adoption agency in Wilmington, DE, called Adoption House. Adoption House is a non-profit, full-service adoption agency that handles domestic and international adoptions. Harlan serves as managing director and his mother, Leah, serves as its Executive Director.