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January Warm wishes and welcome! I'm honoured to be featured in Chat Magazine this month in an article called 'The people who made me'. Adoption, fostering and stories of those who have been in care must be told to new audiences to educate, inspire and challenge societies understanding. Checkout our latest podcast below featuring the fabulous American singer songwriter Laura C - it's great!

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Chat Magazine - A letter too..
Chat Magazine - A letter too..

On January 20th I was featured in Chat Magazine after an interview with Frances Leate. It's always really important to keep adoption stories in the public arena to inspire others to adopt and encourage adoptees in their life journeys. Frances was brilliant! We spoke for around 2 hours on the phone and she wrote a really sensitive, candid and inspiring article about my story. Honour where honour is due, and my parents are just real people who did something wonderful - they adopted me x

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Best Magazine
Best Magazine

Best Magazine did an exclusive feature on my life story for National Adoption Week 2021. I share about my early years as an orphan, racism at school and overcoming the life hurdles that have shaped me into the person I am today.

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Adoption Arena Seminar Feedback
Adoption Arena Seminar Feedback

Here are a selection of quotes from our Adoption Arena Seminars; Beyond Black Lives Matter Transracial Adoption; A Personal Reflection Diversity and Difference Wellbeing Wealth

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Chat Magazine - A letter too..
Chat Magazine - A letter too..

On January 20th I was featured in Chat Magazine after an interview with Frances Leate. It's always really important to keep adoption stories in the public arena to inspire others to adopt and encourage adoptees in their life journeys. Frances was brilliant! We spoke for around 2 hours on the phone and she wrote a really sensitive, candid and inspiring article about my story. Honour where honour is due, and my parents are just real people who did something wonderful - they adopted me x

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About Joy

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Adoption Arena was founded in June 2014 along with the launch event called 'Comics4Adoption', the show attracted the media as it was the first of it's kind - a comedy show featuring comedians who had been adopted, fostered or in care see showreel

 

Opportunities to speak on the BBC World Service, BBC Radio London 94.9Fm and LBC followed and Adoption Arena was born! Then Fast forward to 2021 and we are now in a great time of change. Join us. 

 

Change is painful, challenging but exhilarating. If we work together we have the opportunity to build a better future for us all and the next generation of adoptees and adoptive parents.

Who is Joy Carter, Adoption Arena founder?

I am an EMMA-nominated (*Ethnic multicultural media award) comedian, writer, speaker and adoption advocate: Joycarter.co.uk

I was adopted myself from Nigeria. Since 2006 I started my adoption advocacy work as a speaker and campaigner on adoption issues, currently I've just delivered a seminar for Government organisation Cafcass as well as working closely alongside AdoptionUK, YouCanAdopt and CoramBaaf to name  few.

In 2012 I took my concerns for more political engagement with adoption to Parliament and was able to work with various MP's, think tanks and organisations discussing changes of policy, such as the 2012 abolishment of the 'colour matching' placement policy.

 

I now have many celebrity supporters, adoption advocates, personal friends in politics and the media who support this work. The only way to build is together.

Our work

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Our Aims

1. To use our podcast and blog to discuss the complexity in adoption, unite and help create and train more adoption and fostering influencers to give voice to more discussion, interaction and traction in all areas of society. 

2. Using the creative arts we plan to offer exclusive training early 2022 to help creative adoptees tell their story. In 2014 we staged the first ever 'Comics 4 Adoption' event, we plan to create more comedians and have more fun! Clips on PDF

 

3. We desire to create more 'Experts with Experience' in this field, society and government. As organisations learn to work more productively and powerfully with young people and adults, lasting change will be developed.  Adoption Arena will facilitate this through online training programmes due to start later in 2021.

5. To reach and educate the adoption, fostering voice into new demographics of society, and into countries where adoption and fostering is still underdeveloped.

‘Joy mines a rich seam of gold’

 

Lemn Sissay OBE

Poet, Playwright, broadcaster speaker

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Training and seminars

When talking about impact, outcome, action Joy brings all of this and more! Her passion presented through her lived experience truly energises her audience and captures hearts and minds.  Joy is refreshing and compelling and a true champion of how society tackles oppression, and inclusion’

Simon Homes, Principal Social Worker, Community Well Being and Social Care Directorate, Isle of Wight Council 

Transracial Adoption: A Personal Reflection

Drawing powerfully on my own recollections I shed some light on the complexities and intricate bonds that make up transracial adoption, DNA bonding, and identity lost and found and much more.

Beyond Black Lives Matter is designed to help social workers and organisations develop better communications around adoption, transracial adoption, placements, assessments and helping families and young people find their identity.  

Diversity and Difference is a powerful unifying seminar that's FUN! Aimed at any team, seminar or conference group that want to expand their understanding discussing difference, language and identity.

‘What a treat to be listening to Joy Carter’

Tanya More, Principal Social Worker, Hertfordshire County Council

Wellbeing Wealth We look at ways to develop your own 'Wellbeing Toolkit' and develop it into your workplace, families, and young people. This is either a stand-alone seminar or combined with both other seminars.

 

Super thought provoking’ Social Work strategy and development officer/principal social worker, Wakefield Rachel Jennings

All seminars come with pre-course reading, an interactive power point presentation, slides for all attendees, notes and post-seminar study.

 

 

Why not checkout our PDF file for more info

 

*And/or please get in contact for a more detailed breakdown of the seminars, training and fees.

message us for bookings and enquiries.

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“There are tens of thousands of children in the UK who will grow up in the care of the state. Some will be adopted, most will be cared for by foster carers and keep in touch with their families. 1 in 4 people have a connection with adoption and fostering, but we could do so much more to bring people together to understand, help and support this disparate community.

This website has the potential to support and grow a real social network, one that can provide information, challenge myths and stereotypes, and help adopted and fostered children right through to adulthood, because being a child is only the beginning of their story.”

 

Harvey Gallagher, Chief Executive. Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers