Adoption Deception: A personal and professional journey


Publication Date: 1 Oct. 2015
Format: Paperback / softback

ISBN 9781742199740

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    This is a powerful and passionate book about the personal and political aspects of adoption. While it is overwhelmingly negative about adoption and the author believes the practice is outdated and should cease, she does present strong arguments for her case.

    —Sue Bond, Australian Women's Book Review

    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


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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.