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Adoption Deception
Adoption Deception

Adoption Deception

A Personal and Professional Journey


220 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, PDF, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $29.95)

Publication Date: February 2016

ISBN 9781742199740

Rights: US, CA & MX

Spinifex Press (Feb 2016)


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Have you ever wondered how it might feel to have been adopted in Australia during the pre-1980s era in which vulnerable young mothers were coerced into relinquishing their babies? How it might feel to have grown up, become a social worker and worked with vulnerable children and families? How it might have felt to hear Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's moving speech in March 2013, which apologized to the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the unethical adoption policies and practices prior to the 1980s and vowed to ensure that such practices are never repeated? How it might have felt to hear the announcement made only nine months later by new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who had given his party's support to the Gillard Apology, of his intention to expand and expedite intercountry adoptions by Australians? How could someone in such a position respond to the re-popularization and deregulation of adoption in Australia? This book provides answers to those difficult questions. Adoption Deception presents the personal and professional reflections of Penny Mackieson, an Australian adoptee and social worker, on issues associated with adoption – many of which are shared with donor conception and surrogacy. For anyone with an experience of or interest in adoption, whether personal or professional, who is open to perspectives other than those selectively portrayed by populist mainstream media, this book will provide invaluable insights.

Author Biography

Penny Mackieson was born in Melbourne in 1963. Placed with her adoptive family as a newborn, she was raised in the Buchan district of eastern Victoria. Penny completed Bachelor (1983) and Master's (1989) degrees in Social Work at Melbourne University, and has since worked primarily in the children and family services sector, including child protection and intercountry adoption. For much of her career, Penny was employed by the Victorian government. She also successfully co-founded and operated a human services consultancy with a close friend and former colleague for five years. After 12 years in intercountry adoption, Penny resigned at the end of 2013, dismayed by the re-popularization of adoption and popularization of overseas anonymous donor IVF and commercial surrogacy practices. She subsequently joined VANISH, the Victorian Adoption Network for Information & Self-Help, which assisted and supported her in 1997-98 to search for and contact her maternal family of origin. Penny has been serving on the VANISH Committee of Management since 2014, and is currently in the process of enrolling to undertake doctoral studies on permanent care. Penny resides with her partner, now married for 26 years, and their 20-year-old son in inner Melbourne. They are currently renovating a house within walking distance of the iconic MCG. Penny is passionate about Australian football and especially about Melbourne Football Club, of which she has been a lifelong fan and hardcore member since 1998. Penny co-wrote her first non-fiction book, Real Women Love Footy published in 2003, with another friend passionate about football.