ADOPT Perspective

A podcast for anyone affected by adoption.

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Learn ... Grow... Heal

Jane Sliwka & Jo Sparrow (left to right)

Welcome to Adopt Perspective, 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. We share personal stories and explore adoption topics including adoption loss, the 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. The podcast discusses adult themes and listener discretion is advised.

If you reside in Queensland you can contact Jigsaw Queensland's Forced Adoption Support Service (FASS) toll free on

1800 21 03 13. If calling from another State of Australia the same number will take you to the FASS team in that state (Relationships Australia provides this service in states other than Queensland). You can also contact Jigsaw Qld on (07) 3358 6666 or email For any search for identity, it is necessary to contact the State in which the adoption occurred and it is possible to find each state in Australia operating under different guidelines and legislation. For additional Australian contacts, check out the Website Links page of our website. 

Find out more about Forced Adoption on our website pages located here

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If you would like to be interviewed for the podcast, please complete the form below. Please note that Adopt Perspective can be listened to by people all over the world. If you reside outside Brisbane, there are options to be interviewed 


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Jo Sparrow was born in 1971 at the Royal Brisbane Womens Hospital at the pinnacle of the forced & closed adoption eras, and was adopted at three weeks old. Her adoptive family lived on the Darling Downs in regional Queensland and her new parents had three existing biological children. Jo was always told she was adopted and felt stymied by the closed adoption system that would stop her from searching for her origins until Queensland legislation changed in 1991, allowing her to contact and meet her mother and brother. Twenty years later she searched for and met her father. Jo has worked in public relations for close to two decades and has a Bachelor of Journalism, Masters of Public Relations and completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) exploring the construction of identity after adoption using story. 

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Jane Sliwka was born and adopted in Brisbane, Queensland in 1987 and grew up as an only child. From a young age she had an inkling that she may one day work in the counselling or mediator professions. She started studying psychology straight after high school and realised during these studies that adoption had impacted her development. For her Honours thesis she decided to explore how adoptees attachment styles and self-esteem might differ to their non-adopted peers. Whilst she was studying, she searched for and found her biological family and discovered her parents had later married and that she had two siblings. Following her degree, Jane began working as a counsellor and completed her Masters degree in Social Work. Jane began her association with Jigsaw Queensland, volunteering as a support group co-facilitator and on the management committee. This confirmed her desire to work in the adoption field and she worked as a counsellor for another post-adoption support service before joining Jigsaw Qld's Forced Adoption Support Service where she continues to work as a Post Adoption Practitioner.  (Photo by Slugs, Snails & Fairytails)

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This project has been partially funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.