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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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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Food friendship
Jan09

Food friendship

Joy Carter: Firstly Happy New Year! Here we are in detox January, a time when many embark down the ‘New Year Resolution Road of diet detox’, but our resident nutrition specialist Sophie Murray advices against sudden choices of famine and explores better avenues… Sophie Murray: Hi again Having been on a few nutritional lectures recently my passion has had an even bigger boost. I am being asked quite a lot about one...

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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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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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Foster Boy
Jul07

Foster Boy

Adoption Arena speaks to established international stand up comedian Gerry Kyei, about his fostering experience, he is ‘Foster Boy’. I became a professional stand up comedian in 2005 and it was through comedy that I met Joy Carter, founder of Comics for Adoption. As a foster child it immediately resonated with me and I am happy to now be associated with a cause that works to bring this subject to the forefront of people’s...

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