CoramBaaf Adoption Conference 2018

Coram Baaf Adoption Conference 2018

I am very honoured to be asked to speak at this prestigious and important event organised by:

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, Supported by CoramBAAF

Date: 2nd March

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm


Becoming Ourselves: The Personal Experiences of Living in Care and Beyond.

The event will host a range of distinguished speakers including Dr John Simmonds MBE.

I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with John for over 10 years, and been able to listen and share his great wealth of knowledge about this very challenging field.


Joy Carter – comedian/adoptee/adoption advocate

I plan to discuss the mental challenges of dealing with an *ACE and how through personal development and a search for identity I believe it is possible to turn challenge into victory, over time.

Is it possible that our deepest challenges can work for our good? Really? How?


Expect a candid, knowledgeable and of course a strong humourous start! I will perform a little of my stand up comedy adoption show ‘Spot The Difference’ at the start of my talk.

Tickets on sale shortly – links to follow


Joy Carter: Spot the Difference

Can you spot the difference?

Can you spot the difference?


The first words Joy said to her new white adopted family was ‘Who are you?’

Being different something everyone is experiencing especially post-Brexit, but how do we all manage to stay friends with so many diverse opinions sloshing around? Being different can be scary, exciting, progressive and ground-breaking. This show encapsulates some of the mood of the Nation, takes the bull by the hairy horns and explores this grumpy ‘elephant’ that is in the room.  Joy’s adoption comedy show leaves no stone unturned as she cleverly dissects subject matter from racial tensions, family differences, Brexit bust-ups and framed around her own transracial adoption story she tries to make sense of differences and explore answers.

Joy was Born in Nigeria, grew up in ‘Scunthorpe’ and now lives in London. This show seriously ‘does difference’ differently.

Expect a special appearance on stage by her cheeky flute ‘Bertie’ to add some musical mayhem into the mix! Joy is the only UK flute-playing comedian… She has worked in the UK and abroad for 17 years. In 2015 she went to the Edinburgh Festival with her debut musical comedy show ‘Aspects of Joy’ which was very successful, however she found audiences were literally queuing up to ask her more questions about her short adoption section in the show. So she felt that it was ‘time to bite the bullet and research, explore and develop a bold show to inspire people who contend with identity, race and cultural differences daily.



I look forward to seeing you there! Tickets to go on sale shortly.

Joy xxx


*ACE – Adverse childhood experiences

Further reading:

ACE Too high?


Addiction is a response to childhood recoveryé-addiction-holocaust-disease-trauma-recovery


Trauma Therapists and adoption


Safe Hands and thinking minds – specialists in adoption therapy


BBC: Over a quarter of adoption families in crisis


BBC: Early deaths among careleavers revealed


Author: Joy Carter

Joy Carter CEO and founder of Adoption Arena. ‘Sharing Joy’ sees Joy write on the positives in this field. What can we learn? What is the government and society doing or not doing concerning adoption or fostering? Expect exclusive interviews and narrative. Read more

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