- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Clova Publications; Rev. edition (September 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0646435329
- ISBN-13: 978-0646435329
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adoption and Loss: The Hidden Grief (Revised Edition) Paperback – September 2, 2005
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I have read this book and found it excellent. In my opinion it is the best Australian book ever on adoption issues. -- Barb Maison, Origins Newsletter, Victoria, April, 2000.
I highly recommend this book as a wonderful addition to adoption literature. -- Nancy Verrier, author
The book is far more than a sensitive account of one persons experiences: it challenges our thinking about the practices of adoption. -- Lea Stevens, MP, Member of South Australian State Parliament, April, 2000.
To lay yourself and your family out bare like that takes courage. I'm very proud of her and honoured to be called her son. -- Stephen Ferguson, natural son of Evelyn Robinson, message to Book Launch, April, 2000. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Evelyn Robinson is a mother who lost her first child, Stephen, through adoption. After her reunion with Stephen, Evelyn returned to study and completed a post-graduate degree in social work. Evelyns work is unique as it combines both her personal and her professional experience. Her writing style is accessible and her book makes compelling reading. Evelyn has a personal commitment to supporting those whose lives have been affected by adoption and to increasing public awareness of adoption issues.
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Thank you Evelyn Burns Robinson, your book is great!!
Evelyn raise the question of `acquiescence' for the natural mother and then dispels it by revealing the truth about the coercion involved in gaining consent for adoption. Evelyn also acknowledges the pain and hidden grief suffered by adopted people and lifts the veil of secrecy that surrounds adoption. She examines adoption's dark underbelly and the [idea] of silence that often works to maintain the spiritual, intellectual and physical separation between natural mother's and their children.
This book is highly recommended and a `must read' both for professionals working in the area of adoption and all of those many millions of people, worldwide, who have been touched by adoption. This book will be especially valuable to adoptive parents because it provides an account of the (often unacknowledged) experiences of birthmothers and their children. Many of these individuals have in the past, and will continue in the future, to be consumed by adoptions unresolved grief.