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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Where does my money go?
Aug13

Where does my money go?

Where does my money go? Sorry – it’s been a while since I last blogged… I’m rubbish at budgeting my time… things take us by surprise, suddenly you wonder where the week has gone. You end up tired and un-productive. It’s a bit like money too. We get the odd nasty shock that sucks money out of our pocket. Other times we wonder where it all went, and why at the end of the month we’re on the breadline and overdrawn. If that sounds like...

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What’s the buzz around nutrition
Jul19

What’s the buzz around nutrition

What’s the buzz around nutrition? By Sophie Murray What’s the buzz around nutrition? Its always in the news – front page news links it every day it to another condition. This week I was reading about Alzheimer’s Disease prevention being linked to food once again in a tabloid paper. And not so long ago I was reading about children’s behaviour affected by what they eat. It seems that finally the message is coming through main...

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Tiers of debt explained
Jul19

Tiers of debt explained

Adoption Arena asks Jacob Rees-Mogg MP for Somerset and finance expert to share some insights into the issue of ‘money’.  I always say if your going to ask for advice, get it from the top. ‘Tiers of debt’ explained quite simply delivers understanding into an area of life that many of us find ourselves in, sometimes through no fault of our own.   Albert Einstein called compound interest the eighth wonder of...

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News and special offers
Jul16

News and special offers

Welcome to Adoption Arena News   Follow Adoption Arena events and news stories but do keep checking in to keep up to date with us.   June -  Official online launch of Adoption Arena Celebrate with us as Multi Award Winning Celebrity Hairdresser and World Record Holder Stuart Phillips is offering a cut and blow-dry in his swanky Covent Garden salon. Visit the homepage for more details. AND  Why not become an Adoption Arena...

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Adoption and beyond
Jul11

Adoption and beyond

Adoption and beyond: You’re not responsible for what you did as a child you are only responsible for what you do now. by Kayla Forde, comedy writer and producer  I had a really difficult childhood, but have chosen not to let it define me. And it is a choice as it took me a long time to realize that I could change my future and try to learn from a past that I can’t change. Sometimes as a person whose early life has not been the...

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Foster Boy
Jul07

Foster Boy

Adoption Arena speaks to established international stand up comedian Gerry Kyei, about his fostering experience, he is ‘Foster Boy’. I became a professional stand up comedian in 2005 and it was through comedy that I met Joy Carter, founder of Comics for Adoption. As a foster child it immediately resonated with me and I am happy to now be associated with a cause that works to bring this subject to the forefront of people’s...

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When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean
Jun25

When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean

  When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean, is that abuse? By special guest writer Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen Sheen When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean, is that abuse? Interesting question raised by another adult adoptee that posted a piece in a private forum on social media. It got me thinking. Here in the good old U of K we’re introducing reforms to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. The Cinderella Law   Would failure to...

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Early experiences matter
Jun09

Early experiences matter

Early experiences matter: why is a good childhood so important? By Jacqueline Harding, Parent Channel TV A good childhood gets into our bones; it forms us; it prepares us for adulthood. It acts like the foundation for a solid building. When babies come into the world they are ready and equipped to make relationships with others. It seems that there is a biological urge for them to make human connection. In fact, it really does equate...

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