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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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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Is Adoption a good thing?
Jun03

Is Adoption a good thing?

Is adoption a good thing? One would automatically answer a resounding ‘YES!’ Finding children a secure ‘forever family’ in a loving home – What’s not to love? I recently attended a screening of the film ‘Mercy Mercy: A true portrait of adoption’ made by Katrine Rijs Kjær and organised by Dr Perlita Harris *Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Goldsmiths University, see below for recent publication and founder of the group TTAG where I...

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Comedy Adoption UK Tour
May02

Comedy Adoption UK Tour

‘Spot the Difference’ is a new Comedy drama about adoption and family.  Let’s all make a difference by helping find more foster and adoption families in the UK :-)  As CEO of this company I am so excited to be getting back on the road again! I am writing and still developing a brand new 1 hour show about my positive adoption experience, surrounding adoption issues and why adoption/fostering is an integral and...

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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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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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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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Early experiences matter
Jun09

Early experiences matter

Early experiences matter: why is a good childhood so important? By Jacqueline Harding, Parent Channel TV A good childhood gets into our bones; it forms us; it prepares us for adulthood. It acts like the foundation for a solid building. When babies come into the world they are ready and equipped to make relationships with others. It seems that there is a biological urge for them to make human connection. In fact, it really does equate...

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