Comedy Adoption UK Tour
May02

Comedy Adoption UK Tour

‘Spot the Difference’ is a new Comedy drama about adoption and family.  Let’s all make a difference by helping find more foster and adoption families in the UK :-)  As CEO of this company I am so excited to be getting back on the road again! I am writing and still developing a brand new 1 hour show about my positive adoption experience, surrounding adoption issues and why adoption/fostering is an integral and...

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Adoption and Fostering Celebration
Oct31

Adoption and Fostering Celebration

Dear Friends, After the success of National Adoption Week 2015 and the ‘Too old at 4′ campaign… I believe it’s time to celebrate the joy of familes, adoption and LIFE! Here at Adoption Arena we would love you invite you to come to our Adoption and Fostering life celebration, to have fabulous comedy fun, engage with comedians who have had first hand experience, network with other adopted/fostered people, those...

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Conservative Adoption Politics
Oct05

Conservative Adoption Politics

Conservative Adoption Politics Well I am writing this in a state of intrepidation mixed with excitement as I’m about to attend my first political conference – today I go to the Conservative Party Conference 2015.. WHY my friends keep asking – you’re a comic! Some think I’m just going for material for my new show, others think I’m attending to start a punch up.. But the truth is I’m attending because I believe that to engage with...

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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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Aspects of Joy
Jun25

Aspects of Joy

Joy Carter ‘Aspects of Joy’ After a long absence of posts and work to Adoption Arena, with great great joy I can announce a strong comeback and the welcome of a new perspective on adoption and fostering issues.. What do you get if you combine stand up comedy with a remarkable adoption survival story, extreme flute playing, comedy ballet and the psychology of humour? My – Stand up, music and ballet debut PBH Free Fringe Show 2015...

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Birthday Week
Feb03

Birthday Week

In January I celebrated a rather chilly Birthday that is, it was cold not full of frosty people!   Being an adopted person I always sit quietly for a few minutes on my Birthday before heading out to my party to contemplate the great Birthday ‘journey’ I endure as I face varying amounts of unanswered questions and memories of sadness and loss from long long ago… Yes, Birthdays for many of us are challenging. However, I very much want...

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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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Win a Makeover with Celebrity Hairdresser Stuart Phillips
Jul16

Win a Makeover with Celebrity Hairdresser Stuart Phillips

Celebrate our Launch – Multi Award Winning Celebrity Hairdresser and World Record Holder Stuart Phillips is offering a cut and blow-dry in his swanky Covent Garden salon. You will be looked after by the man himself BUT it doesn’t end there. You will be offered: A full lifestyle hair consultation Shiatsu/Acupressure head and scalp massage in the comfort on his world renown state of the art shampoo beds. Cut and blow-dry...

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