The Birth Father discussion part 1
Jun20

The Birth Father discussion part 1

Fathers Day comes and goes every year, but for some the challenge of searching for a birth father is a challenging mountain to climb. We discuss the climb and surrounding questions at: TTAG International Searchers’ Get Together 17th June 2017 Firstly, I would like to congratulate Perlita Harris and all the team behind this really exciting group that helps overseas adoptees to the UK to understand some of the complexities of the...

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Social Work and the Adoptee Voice
Mar02

Social Work and the Adoptee Voice

Judith Craig Morency writes: I had the pleasure of speaking at The Future of Adoption in the UK about ‘Social work and the Adoptee Voice’, hosted by The Public Policy Exchange on February 1, 2017.   The focus was on the Adoption Reform that is occurring and the impact this will have on the families. I shared the stage with Dr. Anna Gupta Royal Holloway University, Mr. John Simmonds, OBE Coram BAAF, Ms. Brenda Farrell...

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Adoption Enquiry Get Involved
Feb20

Adoption Enquiry Get Involved

Adoption Enquiry 2017   I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Anna Gupta (seen here in the middle) from the Royal Holloway University of London at the Adoption Symposium at Park Plaza earlier this month. Following a fruitful meeting she shared with me about an important piece of research her team are working on to collect the voices of adopted people to help improve the  knowledge and work of social workers. If you are adopted either...

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Building resilience To Stress
Feb02

Building resilience To Stress

Building resilience To Stress Part 1, By Gill Tree, Founder of Adoption Academy Imagine some fresh playdoh straight out of the tub. The bright vibrant colour, fresh smelling, flexible, easy to stretch, malleable, fun to play with and full of possibility. That was me before adoption. Now get some old dried up playdoh, its dull, hard, rigid, un-responsive, has cracks and crumbles easily……… I have taught stress management for over 20...

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Attend The Future of Adoption February talk
Jan20

Attend The Future of Adoption February talk

Happy New Year and greetings from Adoption Arena, 2017 plans to be the most challenging for everyone in the adoption and fostering world as we deal with government changes, Brexit and cuts to local authority grants. I am really excited to announce that Public Policy Exchange have invited Adoption Arena speaker/social worker Judith Craig Morency to talk at this prestigious and important event at Park Plaza on 1st February 2017. Judith...

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Ballerina cartoon with orphan gaffe
Jan20

Ballerina cartoon with orphan gaffe

As far as your creative action-packed musical fantasy cartoons go Ballerina is brilliant! However there are a few gaffe’s to overcome or in ballet terminology ‘pas-de-chat’ (meaning to step over the cat). Ballerina is an amicable English-language French-Canadian computer animated adventure about the concept of following your dreams. Ballerina Trailer In a nutshell it’s about a young orphan girl called Felicie chasing her dream against...

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Adopt Something
Jul03

Adopt Something

#Adopt Something What will you adopt? Last year I was sitting in my garden and I looked up at the Lilac tree and saw a very hairy little caterpillar, I immediately called my mum and told her (because we love that kind of stuff!) and she said ‘why don’t you adopt him?’ So I did. I called him Benny and he lived in a jam jar in the kitchen. Then after the third day I felt it was time for him to go back into my pretty garden as I knew he...

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Food friendship
Jan09

Food friendship

Joy Carter: Firstly Happy New Year! Here we are in detox January, a time when many embark down the ‘New Year Resolution Road of diet detox’, but our resident nutrition specialist Sophie Murray advices against sudden choices of famine and explores better avenues… Sophie Murray: Hi again Having been on a few nutritional lectures recently my passion has had an even bigger boost. I am being asked quite a lot about one...

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Permanent Possibilities
Nov06

Permanent Possibilities

Permanent Possibilities: Is one kind of permanence better than another? By Harvey Gallagher, Chief Executive, Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers ‘Permanence’ is the rather clunky jargon that us folk working with children use to describe what we want for a child who can’t live with their birth family (more jargon). Adoption is perhaps the most well way of achieving permanence for a child but, in fact, there...

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Should parents change Birthdays
Aug13

Should parents change Birthdays

Should parents change Birthdays? – Changing the facts of adoption  Changing a child’s birth date That’s the title of for a thread on a recent adoption forum site. Yes, you read correctly the subject of discussion on an adoption thread. The family in question had apparently adopted a boy who had been abandoned. So the actual date of when he was born is uncertain. They told us Jan 11 2002. We are considering changing...

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