Adoption Experiences – Personal Narratives

  • Abbott, D. 2002. Is a Child Within my Reach: One Woman’s Very Personal Biography and Soul Wrenching Search to become a Mother. Warnbro, WA: Debby Abbott.
  • Benson, J. 1998. Separation, Reunion, Reconciliation. Proceedings of the Sixth Australian Conference on Adoption, Brisbane, June 1997.
  • Burns Robinson, E. 2000. Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief. Christies Beach, SA: Clova Publications.
  • Burns Robinson, E. 2004. Adoption and Recovery: Solving the Mystery of Reunion. Christies Beach, SA: Clova Publications.
  • Burrows, J. 1994. For Too Long: Writing by Mothers Who Lost their Babies in the Adoption Scandal. Dulwich Hill, NSW: Mothers for Contact in Adoption Inc.
  • Butler, D., and Butler, V. 1993. Who am I? Toukley, NSW: V. Butler.
  • Chick, S. 1994. Searching for Charmian: The Daughter Charmian Clift Gave Away Discovers the Mother She Never Knew. Sydney: Pan Macmillan.
  • Coles, Gary. 2004. Ever After: Fathers and the Impact of Adoption. Christies Beach, SA: Clova Publications.
  • Coles, Gary. 2005. Transparent: Seeing Through the Legacy of Adoption. Melbourne: Mermerus Books.
  • Dalziell, R. 1997. ‘Religious experience and the displaced child: Autobiographies of illegitimacy and adoption’. St Mark’s Review 170: 24-29.
  • Dessaix, R. 1994. A Mother’s Disgrace. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.
  • Dobbie, M. Van den Elshout, M. 2004. ‘Adopting Xiaolian: Personal experiences of intercountry adoption’. Australian Mosaic 7: 33-34.
  • English, B. 1994. What adoption tells us about ourselves. Ulitarra, 6: 112-116.
  • Feldman, S. 1990. An Evaluation Study of a Self-Search Program for Adult Adopted Persons in Victoria, Australia. Unpublished MA Thesis, department of Social Work, Monash University, Victoria.
  • Feldman, S. 1990. Self Search – A Program for Adult Adopted Persons: The Adoption Information Service Research Project 1990. Melbourne: Community Services Victoria.
  • Fernandez, E. 1996. Significant Harm: Unravelling Child Protection Decisions and Substitute Care Careers of Children: Perspectives of Child Welfare Workers and Biological Parents [in Australia]. Aldershot: Avebury.
  • Fisher. M.C. 2004. Minnows and Mud. Leopold, Victoria: Nadia Zacchigna.
  • Foster, D. 1998 ‘She called her Coral because it was ‘a perfect pink day’: The neglecting of Coral’. Journal of Australian Studies 59.
  • Frame, T.R. 1999. Binding Ties: An Experience of Adoption and Reunion in Australia. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger.
  • Hale, M. 1988. ‘Relinquishing mothers: The emergence of a neglected group’. South Australian Social Worker 4 (2): 4-6.
  • Hammond, S. 1998. Adoption: Lies and Conspiracy. Montville, Qld: Oracle Press.
  • Harkness, L. 1991. Looking for Lisa. Milsons Point: Random House.
  • Harper, J. 1984. ‘Who am I? A crisis of identity for the adopted adolescent’. Mental Health in Australia 1 (13), December.
  • Howe, D., Shemmings, D., & Feast, J. 2001. ‘Age at placement and adult adopted people’s experience of being adopted’. Child and Family Social Work 6: 337-349.
  • Inglis, K. 1984. Living Mistakes: Mothers Who Consented to Adoption. Sydney: Allen &Unwin.
  • James, A. 2001. Teddy Bear Coming out of the Corner: the True Story of an Adoptive Mother Dealing with her Fears.Wahroonga, NSW: A. James.
  • Keenen, E. 2001. I Shook the Family Tree: The Story of an Adopted Boy. Mandurah, WA: Interesting Pub.
  • Livingston-Stuart, C., Robins, A. 1992. Why Was I Adopted? Sydney: Angus & Robertson.
  • Matthews, G. 1996. An Australian Son. Melbourne: Heinemann Australia.
  • McGuire, G. 1998. You Only Have One Mother, ed. G.K. Bastian. Springwood, NSW: Conference Publications.
  • McPhee, G., Webster, M. 1993. ‘Exposing adoption myths: Access to information in Victoria’. Australian Journal of Social Issues 28 (2): 142-57.
  • Perl, L., Markham, S. 1999. “Why Wasn’t I Told?” Making Sense of the Late Discovery of Adoption. Post Adoption Resource Centre, Benevolent Society of NSW.
  • Picton, C. 1980. ‘Outcomes in adoption: The views of adoptees and natural parents’. Australian Child and Family Welfare 5: 1-8.
  • Picton, C. 1988. Person in Question [microform]: Adoptees and Relinquishing Parents in Search of Each Other. Unpublished M.Soc.Work thesis, Monash University, Victoria.
  • Preston, Y. 1993. ‘The heartbreak no-one talks about. Foster parents views on adoption and care’. Independent Monthly, June.
  • Robinson, E. 2000. Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief. Christies Beach, SA: Clova Publications.
  • Robinson, E. 2009. Adoption Reunion: Ecstasy or Agony? Christie’s Beach, SA: Clova Publications.
  • Swain, P., Swain, S. 1992. To Search for Self: The Experience of Access to Adoption Information. Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Turner Smith, J. 2007. Adopting: Parents Stories. Kent Town, SA: Wakefield Press.
  • Valentine, C., Slaytor, P., NSW Committee on Adoption, Social Work Dept. 1990. Down the Track: Outcomes of Adoption Reunions: Personal Stories. Paddington, NSW: NSW Committee on Adoption, Social Work Department.
  • Watson, Margaret. 2010. Surviving Secrets. A Journey of Resilience and Courage. Available online via A&A Book Publishing, at http://aampersanda.com/
  • Winkler, R., Van Keppel, M. 1984. Relinquishing Mothers in Adoption: Their Long Term Adjustment. Melbourne: Institute of Family Studies.
  • Wasley, V. 2008. Yabbies in the Bath Tub (Or Our Children by Choice). Berri, SA: Wasley.