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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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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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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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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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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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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It’s only TV
Jul10

It’s only TV

It’s Only TV: Behind The Scenes Celebrity Photoshoot Carrie and David Grant are a dream to work with and I often do their makeup for TV. On a recent photo shoot we were chatting about confidence and identity. Carrie made a really interesting comment about artists that applies to all of us, “The more you know yourself, the better your photos will be.” Knowing yourself is essential but what does that really mean? Well, David went...

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