28 episodes

Adopt Perspective is a podcast for anyone affected by adoption. We discuss the adoption experience from the perspectives of mothers, fathers, adopted people and their loved ones, so that we may learn and grow from the perspectives of others. Sharing personal stories and explore adoption topics including adoption loss, psychological impacts of adoption, forced adoption, inter-country adoption, searching, reunion, healing and many others. We interview adults affected by adoption as well as practitioners, people involved in inquiries, research, legislative change and apologies, artists, film-makers and authors. Adopt Perspective is hosted by Dr Jo-Ann Sparrow and Jane Sliwka and is produced by Jigsaw Queensland - Post Adoption Support Service - www.jigsawqueensland.com/adopt-perspective - The podcast discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised.

Adopt Perspective Jigsaw Queensland

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    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Adopt Perspective is a podcast for anyone affected by adoption. We discuss the adoption experience from the perspectives of mothers, fathers, adopted people and their loved ones, so that we may learn and grow from the perspectives of others. Sharing personal stories and explore adoption topics including adoption loss, psychological impacts of adoption, forced adoption, inter-country adoption, searching, reunion, healing and many others. We interview adults affected by adoption as well as practitioners, people involved in inquiries, research, legislative change and apologies, artists, film-makers and authors. Adopt Perspective is hosted by Dr Jo-Ann Sparrow and Jane Sliwka and is produced by Jigsaw Queensland - Post Adoption Support Service - www.jigsawqueensland.com/adopt-perspective - The podcast discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised.

    Suz Bednarz - Mother's Day

    Suz Bednarz - Mother's Day

    Suz Bednarz is an American mother who lost her daughter to adoption in 1986 and began the process of searching for and attempting to reconnect with her then 18-year old daughter in 2005. Suz began a blog to document her journey and that is how she and Jane became friends. In this episode, Suz speaks to Jane about her story and experience. This episode discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised. For more information go to http://www.jigsawqueensland.com/episode-notes

    • 55 min
    Vivienne Timmermans - You Gave Me A Voice

    Vivienne Timmermans - You Gave Me A Voice

    Today's guest is a well known figure in the Queensland adoption community. At age 17, Vivienne Timmermans was an Australian Champion figure skater with big plans for her future. Around the same time, she discovered she was pregnant and her daughter was placed for adoption in 1980. In this episode, Jo Sparrow speaks to Vivienne about her experience and the book she wrote about it. They also discuss Vivienne's work supporting other mothers who have lost children to adoption through a support group she founded called, You Gave Me A Voice. This episode discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised. For more information go to http://www.jigsawqueensland.com/episode-notes

    • 41 min
    Heartlines - Susannah McFarlane & Robin Leuba

    Heartlines - Susannah McFarlane & Robin Leuba

    Jo Sparrow speaks with a mother and an adoptee who wrote a book about their reunion experience. Susannah McFarlane is an adoptee and author, creator and publisher of some of Australia's most successful children's book series and Susannah's mother, Robin Leuba taught English and English literature for many years. 'Heartlines: The Year I Met My Other Mother' the memoir they wrote together is a fast-paced, warm, funny and at times heartbreaking book. The book jacket describes it as a wobbly, roller coaster ride of loss and love, confusion and connection. Jo describes it as a unique, and at times piercingly raw inside look adoption reunion. This episode discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised. For more information go to http://www.jigsawqueensland.com/episode-notes

    • 54 min
    Prof Daryl Higgins - AIFS Study into Past Adoption Experiences

    Prof Daryl Higgins - AIFS Study into Past Adoption Experiences

    Jane speaks to Professor Daryl Higgins about the study titled, "Past Adoption Experiences: National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices" he contributed to and co-authored in his role of Deputy Director (Research) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Prof Higgins is a registered psychologist who has researched in the area of child abuse, family violence and family functioning for more than twenty-five years and is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). This episode discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised. For more information go to http://www.jigsawqueensland.com/episode-notes

    • 54 min
    Discharging an Adoption - Andrea Lynch

    Discharging an Adoption - Andrea Lynch

    In part two of our discussion about discharging an adoption, Jo talks to Jigsaw Qld's Forced Adoption Support Service (FASS)Team Leader, Andrea Lynch more generally about the process and things to consider. The FASS role is not to provide legal advice, but rather to support people to think through their decisions and deal with the emotional responses that may be experienced during the process. This episode discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised. For more information go to http://www.jigsawqueensland.com/episode-notes

    • 17 min
    Michael - Discharging an Adoption

    Michael - Discharging an Adoption

    Michael Costello was born in Brisbane in 1970, at the height of the closed and forced adoption eras. He was initially placed in an orphanage, and then extended foster care, despite his mother making several attempts to regain custody. Michael went on to be adopted by his foster carers at the age of five where he was physically, sexually and emotional abused. Five years ago, he began the process of discharging his adoption, having his original birth certificate reinstated and his mother legally recognised as such. In this episode, Jo Sparrow talks to Michael about why he pursued a discharge and the process involved in achieving it. This episode discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised. For more information go to http://www.jigsawqueensland.com/episode-notes

    • 45 min

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