Bio

At the age of 19 Meg Hale had an experience that would shape the rest of her life.  Because she was single, Meg’s first baby was taken at birth and given to a married couple under secret adoption laws that would prevent her from ever finding out what happened to her child.   Meg believed that a grave injustice had been done to unmarried mothers and that one day laws would change so that she and other women like her could be reunited with their children.

After marrying and having a family Meg studied for a Degree in Social Work.  Her final placement was with a newly formed organisation for mothers who had lost children through adoption and her thesis was called “Relinquishing Mothers – A Forgotten Group”.  Meg went on to become the first social worker to work for the Australian Relinquishing Mothers Society (ARMS) and she became a tireless advocate for openness in adoption and for the rights of mothers to find their children.  Because of ARMS strong lobbying, in 1988 South Australia became the first State in Australia, and in any English-speaking country with similar secrecy laws, to give mothers the right to apply for identifying information about their children.  In many countries today, mothers still do not have these rights.

Meg Hale left social work after 15 years and became an investigator with the State Ombudsman’s Office.  It was as an investigator that she says she did some of her best social work because it was there that she was able to affect significant change in agencies that provided services to the most vulnerable people in society.  The research and investigation skills she developed also proved to be invaluable in her most recent role as a non-fiction writer.

Meg is currently writing a book Mothers in ARMS – Exposing the Great Adoption Myth which chronicles the 30 year journey of the ARMS mothers who changed public opinion and legislation on adoption culminating in 2013 with the Prime Minister’s National Apology to all People Affected by Forced Adoption. Meg is also an experienced public speaker and she is available to speak at conferences, workshops and to small groups on a range of subjects.