I have presented conference papers, as well as training and information sessions and I have had many articles published in a range of publications. In 1996, as a social work student, I wrote a paper entitled Grief Associated with the Loss of Children to Adoption. In this paper, I introduced to the world the connection between disenfranchised grief and adoption. In 1997, I presented this paper at the Sixth Australian Adoption Conference and was encouraged by those present to expand my paper into a book. I published my first book and set up my web site in 2000. Between 1997 and 2001, I was also a guest lecturer at Flinders University, where I had completed my social work degree. In 2001, I travelled at my own expense, for three months, to New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Canada and the United States. I covered more than 30,000 miles and completed twenty-one speaking engagements. I presented to professionals working in adoption and post-adoption organisations, as well as those who had had a personal experience of adoption separation. I realised from these discussions that there was a great need for more information about the adoption separation experience to be available and, when I returned, I began work on my second book, which was published in 2003. In 2004 and 2005 I visited the same countries that I had visited in 2001 and completed a similar number of speaking engagements. I have never requested a fee for speaking. I presented at a conference in Romania in 2006 and in the Republic of Korea in 2011. I published two more books about adoption in 2009 and 2010. I have been contacted by many people around the world, who have read and appreciated my books, articles and conference papers.
There have been enormous changes in attitudes since 1970 and there is now much more acceptance of single parent families.
- The birth and adoption of my son
- My hospital experience
- My life throughout my son’s childhood
- Access to adoption information
- My experience with a self-help support group
- My educational work
- My contribution to community awareness
- The impact of adoption separation in my life
- My work as a post-adoption counsellor
- Being separated from Stephen affected every single aspect of my life.