Adoptee, adoption advocate. In 2006 I was asked onto SKY News to discuss the Madonna
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.
Opportunities to speak on the BBC World Service, BBC Radio London 94.9Fm and LBC followed and Adoption Arena was born, see media page for more info, then in 2017 after various challenges I was forced to put the work on hold somewhat., to be re-booted in 2020 with the work you see now.
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, working closely with BAAF (British Association of Adoption and Fostering, now CoramBAAF on campaigns and media engagements nationally.
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.