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Exeter Psychology in the Pub: Adoption – From mythical idealisation to political and personal reality. Learning from ten years of adoption Support

29 November 2017 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
This event is free and open to everyone. No registration required.
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with Dr Joanna North

Joanna’s presentation will focus on the personal, professional and theoretical demands of running an Ofsted Registered Adoption Support Agency for ten years and keeping it rated as Outstanding.  The face of adoption has changed dramatically over the last half century and we are more skilled at identifying the psychological impact on adoptees relating particularly to their sense of identity and belonging – such crucial factors in childhood development.  What used to be a personal experience for families has become a process run by statutory procedures and is deeply embedded in our social and political structures yet this sophisticated machinery has not made adoption either easier or less complex.  The presentation will outline the challenges.   

Many adopters are left wondering why their benign intent to care for a child can cause them so much distress which is where the work of the Adoption Support Agency comes in and she will be telling you about this.  Her delivery will outline some of the challenges from safeguarding and why children are removed from their primary relationships,  the impact on adoption of social media and how we can realistically manage the complications and expectations of substitute parenting whilst helping adopters to provide a secure and loving base to children who are disturbed by their primary relationships.

This event is free and open to everyone.

There is no need to book so please just turn up on the night.

St Olaves Hotel,
18-22 Mary Arches St,

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If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Member Network Services, quoting 'SWB-PiP-Exeter-Adoption-Nov17', at:

Alternatively telephone during office hours on +44 (0) 116 252 9515 stating the name and date of the event.


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