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Led By A Heartstring

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A weekly podcast following Australian adoptee Jonah on the journey of finding his birth parents. He will share the emotions and on-going journey that adoptees and families face every day through interviews and journals. By the end of each episode, he will be one step closer to finding his biological family.

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A weekly podcast following Australian adoptee Jonah on the journey of finding his birth parents. He will share the emotions and on-going journey that adoptees and families face every day through interviews and journals. By the end of each episode, he will be one step closer to finding his biological family.

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Led By A Heartstring

Latest release on Sep 20, 2020

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Rank #1: Season 1 Final

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Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 20 2020

19mins

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Rank #2: EP 10: Intermediary Service

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This week Jonah explains what an intermediary service provides for adoptees and how he is utilising it to search and reunite with is birth mother. After receiving the documents back in last weeks episode that outlined his name before adoption and his birth mothers name, he feels using an intermediary will enable him to follow through on any leads in the most civil manner.


Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 13 2020

12mins

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Rank #3: BONUS: Carol Reacts to Jonah Receiving his Adoption Records

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We're giving you this very personal insight on the moment Jonah called Carol announcing he had received a photograph of his birth mother holding him. Have a listen as Jonah's adoptive mum shows her support and love for Jonah to kick off the next step in this journey.


Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 08 2020

6mins

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Rank #4: EP 9: My Birth Mother's Name Is...

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WE HAVE NEWS! Jonah just received his adoption records back from the Adoption & Permanent Care Services and he goes through and reacts to the information for the first time, live on the podcast! You don't want to miss this very exciting episode as he reacts to seeing this information in fact & figure. Towards the end of the episode, he shares a very special moment as he see's his birth mother's face for the very first time through a photograph that was provided to him.


Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 06 2020

24mins

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Rank #5: EP 8: Applying For Adoption Records

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It's time to start applying for more information on Jonah's adoption. Throughout the next half of the podcast season, Jonah will take you through his 'search and reunion' process to try and find his birth family! This episode, we follow along as Jonah fills out and files for his adoption records from the Adoption & Permanent Care Services in Queensland. He hopes that there is enough information from these records to lead him to the next step in the journey of actually contacting his birth family!


Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 30 2020

16mins

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Rank #6: BONUS: Q&A with Jonah - Answering Listener Questions

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As many of you know, I am very open about my adoption and I believe that’s all thanks to my adoptive mum Carol. I spoke with her in Episode 2 and you can take a listen to the conversation now or after you have your questions answered here on this very special bonus episode of Led By A Heartstring. 


Being open about my adoption has allowed for many people to reach out and share their stories, experiences and personal lives with me, as well as others curious about the adoption experience. Last week I posted on social media inviting you to ask me those burning questions that may have popped up in your mind whilst listening to my podcast, or hearing my interviews in other media. I received a fair amount of feedback from you and would love to get into answering some of these questions. 


Join my 'Inner Circle' on Patreon for exclusive content like videos and bonus episodes, as well as next week's episode EARLY!: https://www.patreon.com/ledbyaheartstring


Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 23 2020

17mins

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Rank #7: EP 7: Adopt Change Australia - Renee Carter

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Jonah is joined by the Chief Executive Officer of Adopt Change Australia, Renee Carter to discuss the latest numbers in out of home care across Australia, issues in which Adopt Change are focussing on at present and how change can be made in the community to support children who are seeking a healthy environment to grow and thrive in.


Renee is passionate about influencing child welfare ‘policy and practice’ to deliver timely and effective outcomes for children. Through garnering community, sector and government support, Renee and Adopt Change hope to create better childhood experiences and brighter futures for children in need of permanent care.


If you are thinking of becoming a carer or adopting in Australia, you can go to the Adopt Change website www.adoptchange.org.au to find more information on the organisation, programs, events and resources relevant to your queries.


Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


This marks the end of the first half of season 1, which means I’ll be taking a short 3 week hiatus before we start searching for my family. I hope you’ve enjoyed the podcast so far as I’ve shared with you my feelings, friends, family and of course these incredible discussions with organisations trying to shift the view on adoption in Australia. 


While you wait for the next half of the season, I will be releasing some very special content for you to enjoy over on my Patreon which will be launched next Monday! Watch videos, behind the scenes content, show notes, family photos and Q&A’s which will be updated throughout this hiatus. Make sure you subscribe here as well as I may release some bonus episodes as well.


Until we put the next piece of the puzzle together, I wish you all very well!


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 09 2020

25mins

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Rank #8: EP 6: Search and Reunion Expectations - Jane Sliwka from Jigsaw Queensland

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Jonah is joined by Jane Sliwka, a post adoption practitioner at Jigsaw Queensland, to chat about the support that is available for adoptees, as well as what to expect searching and reuniting with birth family.


Jane is a post adoption practitioner at Jigsaw Queensland Post-Adoption Centre. Jane has had a long-term affiliation with Jigsaw Queensland, having volunteered in the past for the organisation and served on the Management Committee. Jane holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) and a Masters of Social Work Studies. Jane's honours thesis was about adoption, attachment and self-esteem.


You can listen to Jane Sliwka and Dr Jo-Anne Sparrow explore the adoption experience and interview other adoptees on their own podcast ‘Adopt Perspective’ available on your podcast app now. You can also visit www.jigsawqueensland.com for other information you may find relevant.


Content Warning: This podcast contains strong themes that may trigger emotional distress to some listeners. If you or anyone you know are experiencing distress of any nature, please do not hesitate to find professional support.


Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 02 2020

26mins

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Rank #9: EP 5: Self-Identity and Importance of Mental Health - Discussion with Lauren

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Jonah has a discussion with Lauren about the importance of self-identity as an emerging adult. Lauren proves that Jonah has aspects of identity for himself at the present and it can change in different periods of one’s life.


In the second half of the episode, they both advocate for mental health and touch on why Lauren encouraged Jonah to seek counsel before launching this podcast and starting the journey of finding his birth family. 


Lauren currently works with WhyNot, a platform that helps amplify the voices of young people by creating a safe space for them to express and engage in issues that are important to them. We met at Queensland University of Technology where we studied together. In 2019 she established Long Way Entertainment; a company with the ethos to connect and collaborate with young creatives across Australia to produce interesting and engaging content and to most importantly learn from each other. I am very grateful for the opportunity to bring this project on board as a production there.


Content Warning: This podcast contains strong themes that may trigger emotional distress to some listeners. If you or anyone you know are experiencing distress of any nature, please do not hesitate to find professional support.


Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 26 2020

34mins

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Rank #10: EP 4: What Non-Adoptees Will Never Experience - Ellaine Grondin

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Jonah interviews his school friend, Ellaine to compare the life and family makeup of an adopted and non-adopted person. They share memories of going to school together and when Ellaine and their friends first found out Jonah was adopted and how they handle the conversations regarding adoption with him.


Jonah also talks about the white picket fence between adoptees and their friends which is explored by 'The Silencing of Adoptees' and how he feels jealous of them every time he sees them.


Content Warning: This podcast contains strong themes that may trigger emotional distress to some listeners. If you or anyone you know are experiencing distress of any nature, please do not hesitate to find professional support.


Find this project easily on socials @LedByAHeartstringPod on Instagram, @HeartstringPod on Twitter and you can easily find the page on Facebook for other live updates as they happen.


Led By A Heartstring is a 'Long Way Entertainment' production and is recorded in Brisbane, Australia. New episodes of the podcast are released weekly on a Monday. Send questions and other correspondence to: ledbyaheartstring@outlook.com.au


Original Music by Jonah Bobongie

Produced by Jonah Bobongie & Lauren Pollock and can be contacted at: hello@longwayentertainment.com.

See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 19 2020

27mins

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