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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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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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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The psychology of adoption
Jun13

The psychology of adoption

I was adopted at birth so I think I am qualified to speak about the issues that arise from such a big event. As a psychotherapist I have also studied the importance of early life experiences particularly in relation to attachment issues. The attachment a baby makes with its mother in the womb and in the early stages of life literally shapes its brain. So therefore to be detached and separated at birth, as I was, is a deeply traumatic...

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Athena’s secret message
Jun05

Athena’s secret message

Hi, I have just read this online article called ‘Athena’s secret message’ and had to share it with you.   As someone who has scrapped through the adoption system with the usual amounts of cuts and bruises that we all have, it is so easy to feel overwhelmed by the issue –  ‘what is life about?’ Here is a young girl who sadly died of cancer whose parents found some unbelievable words written on the back of a...

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In and Out of Denial
May19

In and Out of Denial

It was a Tuesday afternoon in the summer. I was 17 and my mother had just died. My father sat my 15-year-old brother and me down and told us that we were ADOPTED. My brother was angry. I was. What was I? I was relieved. Not angry. Not sad. Yes surprised but mainly relieved. You see I never felt like I’d fitted into my family and now here was the explanation. I wasn’t going mad, there was a very good reason I never felt part of these...

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Keeping hope alive
Apr29

Keeping hope alive

Are you in the process of adoption? Are you trying to find family members? Are you struggling with adoption or fostering issues on your own? This week we look at the importance of staying positive in a sea of negatives.

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How not to be defined by rejection
Apr28

How not to be defined by rejection

Psychologist, life coach and adoptee Andre Radmall explores the psychology of adoption and fostering.  

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