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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Incredible Journeys
Jun30

Incredible Journeys

Incredible Journeys: International Adoption, by Cecile Trijssenaar founder of International Adoption Guide shares with us some important and thought provoking information. I would like to congratulate Joy on this wonderful project to bring together all who are touched by adoption.  An open forum to discuss different aspects of adoption has been a long time coming and will make a vast difference to dispel the myths of adoption. So well...

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When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean
Jun25

When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean

  When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean, is that abuse? By special guest writer Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen Sheen When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean, is that abuse? Interesting question raised by another adult adoptee that posted a piece in a private forum on social media. It got me thinking. Here in the good old U of K we’re introducing reforms to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. The Cinderella Law   Would failure to...

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Adoption win or loose?
May28

Adoption win or loose?

Adoption win or loose? Loosing your birth family is very profound, so what is the win and loss in adoption? The challenge that often occurs in adoption and certainly more so during the 80’s and 90’s when I was growing up was you weren’t supposed to acknowledge your loss. You were supposed to just be grateful all the time. As if you now had a perfect life, as if you hadn’t experienced one of the greatest traumas of all time, losing...

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What skills do you need to raise children?
May25

What skills do you need to raise children?

What skills do you need to raise children? Is there such a thing as the “perfect” parent? Absolutely not! Is there such a thing as “good” parents? Absolutely yes! Firstly let’s define what a parent is: “To be or act as a mother or father to (someone)” So what exactly does that entail? Communicating Your Love and Affection – This can be demonstrated in many ways however, in my opinion, one the greatest ways is to show and let...

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