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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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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The Birth Father discussion Part 2
Jun28

The Birth Father discussion Part 2

Andre Radmall special guest speaker: coaching and training for transformation and adoptee. Andre shared at our meeting about the challenging background to his own adoption. He told of his ‘older almost elderly looking parents’, how many family nuances he spotted as a young boy didn’t seem to add up and of the day a sudden emotional bombshell fell on him aged just 17, when his parents sat him and his brother down and told him they were...

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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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The Birth Father discussion part 1
Jun20

The Birth Father discussion part 1

Fathers Day comes and goes every year, but for some the challenge of searching for a birth father is a challenging mountain to climb. We discuss the climb and surrounding questions at: TTAG International Searchers’ Get Together 17th June 2017 Firstly, I would like to congratulate Perlita Harris and all the team behind this really exciting group that helps overseas adoptees to the UK to understand some of the complexities of the...

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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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Attend The Future of Adoption February talk
Jan20

Attend The Future of Adoption February talk

Happy New Year and greetings from Adoption Arena, 2017 plans to be the most challenging for everyone in the adoption and fostering world as we deal with government changes, Brexit and cuts to local authority grants. I am really excited to announce that Public Policy Exchange have invited Adoption Arena speaker/social worker Judith Craig Morency to talk at this prestigious and important event at Park Plaza on 1st February 2017. Judith...

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