Is trauma a big deal?
Jul07

Is trauma a big deal?

‘Is trauma a big deal? That experience was a long time ago get over it? But look at you now! You look great you are successful so what’s your problem? Stop grabbing attention you’ll be fine. It will all be OK in the morning, you see’ Over the years these are just a few of the things ‘friends’ have said to me when I’ve tried to speak to them about childhood traumas, to the extent where I choose never to talk about my issues from fear...

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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