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ISBN: 9781742199740
178 pp
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Adoption Deception: A personal and professional journey
Penny Mackieson
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What is it like to be adopted, have your identity changed and never feel quite at home in your new family, despite being loved? What is it like to become a social worker and be faced with the challenges and consequences of other adoptions every day? What is it like to hear the moving National Apology for Forced Adoptions by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in 2013 only to be faced a few months later by a new prime minister intent on forgetting all the lessons learnt and championing a deregulated parent-centred market-driven adoption industry?


Penny Mackieson takes us on her journey with the unique perspective of both an adopted person and a professional who worked  in intercountry adoption for over a decade. She unravels the complexities, debunks the myths, analyses the policies and raises important questions about the ethical and human rights dilemmas in adoption.


Adoption Deception: A personal and professional journey is a passionate, heart-wrenching and unflinchingly honest account of one woman’s life as an adopted person and her campaign for change. The author presents a compelling argument for Permanent Care instead of adoption for vulnerable children unable to be raised by their families in the light of continuing issues of exploitation, identity loss and the priority given to adults’ wishes over children’s rights.

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Interview on ABC 774 with Richard Stubbs
SBS News Push for government to speed up adoption process

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'An impassioned statement about the dangers of an Australian policy that could put the needs of couples seeking to adopt children from other countries above the actual needs of the children involved...I recommend this book to all those involved in discussions and decision-making about children potentially taken from their birth mothers.'
MdBrady, Me, You, and Books
Adoption Deception is a deeply personal account challenging our response to the commercialisation of children through adoption and assisted reproduction technologies. Buy it ASAP: this is a classic.
Katrina Kincade-Sharkey, North and West Melbourne News
Penny Mackieson’s book Adoption Deception is a well-researched documentation of adoption denial in Australia. By denial we mean that the complex issues associated with the separation of mother and child is ignored in favour of the needs of those who wish to create a family at all costs, the book reinforces the Origins perspective that adoption only serves the needs of those that choose or unable to have their own children.
Lily Arthur Coordinator of SPSA Inc, Supporting People Separated by Adoption

Table of Contents
Acknowledgements ix
Preface by Coleen Clare xi
Introduction 1
1 A brown-eyed baby girl
2 A chronology of adoption in Australia
3 A social worker in intercountry adoption
4 Apology or hypocrisy?
5 A campaign
5.1 Newspapers
5.1.1 Intercountry adoption
5.1.2 Local adoption
5.1.3 Surrogacy
5.1.4 Sperm and egg donation
5.2 Women’s magazines
5.3 Politicians, policy influencers and decision makers
5.3.1 VANISH
5.3.2 World Vision
5.3.3 Politicians
5.4 Other media
6 Where to from here for adoption in Australia?
Appendix I: Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s National Apology
Speech including the National Apology for
Forced Adoptions (21 March 2013) 151
Appendix II: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s Speech
(21 March 2013)
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