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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Westminster Celebration of Achievement Ceremony
Oct26

Westminster Celebration of Achievement Ceremony

Celebration of Achievement Ceremony Tate Britain 24th October 2017   As I walked to the beautiful Tate Britain I could see young people arriving and already the thick aroma of hope, joy and inspiration was welling up! This was going to be a comedy show for me like none other! Usually I jostle through swearing sweaty comedy clubs, but this was pure electric joy and a chance to celebrate life.   I watched in explosive happiness as...

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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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BBCNews 24 adoption interview
Jul04

BBCNews 24 adoption interview

BBCNews 24 broadcaster Jane Hill interviews Dr John Simmonds from CoramBAAF and Joy Carter (comedian and Adoption Arena CEO) to discuss the latest interracial adoption controversy about a Sikh couple being turned down by a UK adoption agency and the wider implications and complexities of interracial UK adoption.     In 2015 only 79 children were adopted from overseas to the UK which I believe is disgraceful. Why? Does the...

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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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Social Work and the Adoptee Voice
Mar02

Social Work and the Adoptee Voice

Judith Craig Morency writes: I had the pleasure of speaking at The Future of Adoption in the UK about ‘Social work and the Adoptee Voice’, hosted by The Public Policy Exchange on February 1, 2017.   The focus was on the Adoption Reform that is occurring and the impact this will have on the families. I shared the stage with Dr. Anna Gupta Royal Holloway University, Mr. John Simmonds, OBE Coram BAAF, Ms. Brenda Farrell...

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Adoption Arena March Newsletter
Feb24

Adoption Arena March Newsletter

Adoption Arena: Understanding adoption creatively March 2017   Dear friend, I hope you are well and are all set for Spring 2017! Woohoo I’m excited to say that 2017 has been good so far to Adoption Arena and like the magical change from Winter to Spring we are excited that new shoots of opportunities and work are coming forth!   Adoption Symposium at Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Adoption Arena was invited to present a short...

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