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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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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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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