As well as being an internationally respected author, Evelyn Robinson is also an experienced and accomplished trainer and public speaker. Evelyn has a unique style and her presentations are not only educational but also entertaining. In fact, they have been described as ‘enthralling’. Evelyn speaks from both a personal and a professional perspective about adoption separation and its long term outcomes. Evelyn enjoys audience participation and is always willing to answer questions and discuss her views.



In November, 2009, Evelyn presented at an adoption forum in Canberra, Australia, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of the support group Adoption Mosaic. While in Canberra, Evelyn was also present in the Great Hall at New Parliament House for the government’s apology to the Forgotten Australians and the Child Migrants.


In June, 2007, Evelyn was interviewed by Michelle Edmunds in Canada on The Adoption Show: You can listen to the interview by going to The Adoption Show web site and clicking on ‘past shows’.


In October, 2006, Evelyn presented a seminar with her son, Stephen, in Adelaide for the newly-formed Post Adoption Support Service.


In November, 2005, Evelyn was cross-examined by telephone in relation to a court case in Canada in which she had been called as an expert witness on the long term outcomes of adoption.

In September and October, 2005, Evelyn travelled for 5 weeks and spoke in Ireland (Dublin and Cork), Scotland (Edinburgh and Renfrew), Canada (Toronto) and in the USA at the CUB (Concerned United Birthparents) retreat (Pacific Grove, California). Her visit to Scotland included being guest speaker at the 21st Anniversary of the Adoption Contact Register for Scotland, an event which was organised by Birthlink, who manage the register. Evelyn was also guest speaker at the morning assembly at Paisley Grammar School, where she was a pupil from 1961 – 1967. Evelyn received a warm welcome from the Rector and pupils and donated copies of her books to the school library.

In July, 2005, Evelyn presented two seminars in Melbourne, Australia with her son, Stephen, for VANISH. Evelyn also addressed a support group of members of ARMS Victoria.

In June, 2005, Evelyn was interviewed by the BBC for a programme called Woman’s Hour. When the programme was broadcast, they described her as renowned internationally as a leading authority on the subject (of the long term outcomes of adoption).

In April, 2005, Evelyn presented two seminars in Sydney, Australia for PARC (Post Adoption Resource Centre).


In October, 2004, Evelyn travelled to New Zealand and spoke on 10 occasions in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Auckland and Rotorua. Separate presentations were arranged in each location for members of the public and for interested professionals. On her way to New Zealand, Evelyn also addressed a meeting of ALAS (Adoption Loss Adult Support) in Queensland.

In September, 2004, Evelyn was guest speaker at the VANISH AGM in Melbourne, Australia.


In October, 2003, Evelyn spoke at the CUB (Concerned United Birthparents) retreat in Virginia, USA.


Beginning in April 2001, Evelyn travelled for three months, to New Zealand, the USA, Canada, England, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and presented on 21 occasions for various organisations. These included a presentation at the AAC (American Adoption Congress) conference, at which Evelyn co-presented with Reuben Pannor, at his request. Some of these presentations were directed towards a professional audience and others were designed for members of the public. A copy of her presentation can be accessed via the ‘articles’ page.

In March, 2001, Evelyn presented two seminars in Western Australia for ARCS and a seminar for the University of Western Australia. Evelyn was also guest speaker at the AGM of ARMS WA.

Conference papers


Sinking the Mother Ship,10th Australian Adoption Conference, On the 22nd and 23rd of October,2012, Melbourne, Australia. The conference papers can be read in the AustralianJournal of Adoption (


Adoption in Australia – Unwed Mothers, Adoption and Gender Law, Ewha University, Seoul,South Korea, May, 2011.


Are we creating another stolen generation? – Symposium entitled Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Intercountry Adoption in Australia: History, Policy, Practices and Experience on the 30th of September and 1st of October, 2010 at the Caulfield campus of Monash University in Victoria, Australia.


Disenfranchised Grief and Adoption Separation – The 8th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society, July, 2008, Melbourne, Australia.


Adoption Loss and Recovery – The Rights of the Child, February, 2006, Bucharest, Romania.


Adoption and Loss – The Hidden Grief – 23rd Annual American Adoption Congress Conference, Anaheim, California, USA, April 19th, 2001.


Mistreated, Mateless Mothers? – The grief experienced by women who have lost children through adoption and the services provided for them, Seventh Australian Adoption Conference, May, 2000, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.


Disenfranchised grief: recognising and meeting the needs of parents who have lost children to adoption, British Association of Social Workers’ Seminar, August, 1998, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Post-Relinquishment Grief Counselling, 2nd International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, January, 1998, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Poster on Adoption and Suicide at the 19th Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Adelaide.


Grief Associated with the Loss of Children to Adoption, Sixth Australian Conference on Adoption, June, 1997, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

What Does Reconciliation Mean for Natural Mothers, (co-presenter), Sixth Australian Conference on Adoption, June, 1997,

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


Unmasking the Grief of Relinquishing Mothers, (co-presenter), Unmasking Grief, National Association for Loss and Grief, 9th Biennial National Conference, September, 1995, Adelaide, South Australia.

Understanding the Loss of a Relinquishing Mother (co-presenter), Understanding Loss and Managing Change, National Multidisciplinary Conference, March, 1995, Adelaide, South Australia.