Paddington2, premiere and adoption
Nov09

Paddington2, premiere and adoption

Paddington2, premiere and adoption I will cut to the chase, all my life I have loved Paddington Bear not just because he is funny, clumsy and I like bears but because as a little girl the minute I heard the story of Paddington Bear I cried.. Because at last I had found someone who had a story a little like mine… Tick – orphaned overseas. Tick – Left for dead. Tick – adopted into a new family and Tick – seriously love marmalade!...

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Westminster Celebration of Achievement Ceremony
Oct26

Westminster Celebration of Achievement Ceremony

Celebration of Achievement Ceremony Tate Britain 24th October 2017   As I walked to the beautiful Tate Britain I could see young people arriving and already the thick aroma of hope, joy and inspiration was welling up! This was going to be a comedy show for me like none other! Usually I jostle through swearing sweaty comedy clubs, but this was pure electric joy and a chance to celebrate life.   I watched in explosive happiness as...

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BBCNews 24 adoption interview
Jul04

BBCNews 24 adoption interview

BBCNews 24 broadcaster Jane Hill interviews Dr John Simmonds from CoramBAAF and Joy Carter (comedian and Adoption Arena CEO) to discuss the latest interracial adoption controversy about a Sikh couple being turned down by a UK adoption agency and the wider implications and complexities of interracial UK adoption.     In 2015 only 79 children were adopted from overseas to the UK which I believe is disgraceful. Why? Does the...

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Changing Education narratives
Jul03

Changing Education narratives

The second Tri – Borough Virtual School Conference attracted renown speakers such as Lisa Cherry, Dr Karen Treisman and Karl Wall. I was privileged not just to be attending this pioneering project but also to be speaking at it. As an adopted child I can testify to the sheer pressure of learning and achieving at school when the world that you live in contains extreme levels of trauma and attachment issues.  In this blog I have captured...

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Tri – Borough Virtual School Conference
Jun21

Tri – Borough Virtual School Conference

Tri – Borough Virtual School Conference This government is currently spending 200 million pounds in reforming the adoption system in the UK. Many new paths are being trodden including the formation of Adoption Centers and Virtual School Heads to offer information and advice to parents and special guardians of previously looked-after children and their schools. So what could this new Government amendment mean? It was only passed in...

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Adoption Arena March Newsletter
Feb24

Adoption Arena March Newsletter

Adoption Arena: Understanding adoption creatively March 2017   Dear friend, I hope you are well and are all set for Spring 2017! Woohoo I’m excited to say that 2017 has been good so far to Adoption Arena and like the magical change from Winter to Spring we are excited that new shoots of opportunities and work are coming forth!   Adoption Symposium at Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Adoption Arena was invited to present a short...

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Nottingham Trent University Social Work Teaching Partnership Event
Feb21

Nottingham Trent University Social Work Teaching Partnership Event

Nottingham Trent University Social Work and Health School of Social Sciences Date: 9th february 2017 Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm with drinks Event/lecture/show: Social Work Teaching Partnership Comedy/adoption campaigner Joy Carter talks her show and engaging adoption into society watch an event clip:   I was invited to share my award winning show in September 2016 and was really excited to be able to visit Nottingham Trent University...

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The Future of Adoption Event
Feb03

The Future of Adoption Event

Public Policy Exchange Future of Adoption in the UK: Redesigning the Adoption System to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families Watch a clip of the event It was a raining and overcast day as I walked into Park Plaza Hotel for what was going to be an amazing day of learning, sharing and catching up with new and old friends from the adoption world. I think it is imperative that we as a community in a rapidly changing environment that...

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Future of Adoption in the UK
Jan24

Future of Adoption in the UK

Public Policy Exchange have invited Adoption Arena speaker/social worker/writer Judith Craig Morency to talk at this prestigious and important event at The Park Plaza Hotel on 1st February 2017. Joy Carter (CEO) will also attend to answer questions and present what Adoption Arena plans to do in 2017 to engage the public, media and government to adoption, fostering and care issues. Why not attend? Book...

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Is Adoption a good thing?
Jun03

Is Adoption a good thing?

Is adoption a good thing? One would automatically answer a resounding ‘YES!’ Finding children a secure ‘forever family’ in a loving home – What’s not to love? I recently attended a screening of the film ‘Mercy Mercy: A true portrait of adoption’ made by Katrine Rijs Kjær and organised by Dr Perlita Harris *Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Goldsmiths University, see below for recent publication and founder of the group TTAG where I...

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