Whatever Next started in January 2021. It was born out of conversations we found ourselves having again and again questioning what it was like growing up as a Chinese adoptee in the west. The three of us, Addie, Hannah and Jo met in Edinburgh in 2019 and haven't stopped talking since.
We want to bring conversations surrounding adoption with us as we grow up to reflect our entry into adulthood. We also believe that these conversations should not be restricted to adoptees and want to make a place where questions about adoption theory, history and culture can be accessible to anyone who is the least bit curious about it.
We also believe that adoptees should have access to narratives and stories similar to their own in hope of inspiring and giving solace to those a little lost. We want to myth bust, we want to inspire, but most of all we want to fill in some gaps and start a few conversations...
Exciting things are happening! We're very proud to announce that we recently received the Creative Edinburgh Student Award 2021 and Young Scot Award 2022 for Equality and Diversity.
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We are not perfect. Please bear with us as we navigate this whole website/social media thing! Whatever Next is a project we have taken on outside our full time jobs/ study. We are always looking to improve so please don't hesitate to contact us with suggestions!
Addie, Hannah & Jo
(Blind line drawings done of each other over Zoom)
ADULTING = ?
Listen to a range of coffee chats about things we have come up against over the years.
DATING AS AN ADOPTEE
Send help x
"Being an adoptive parent is different from being a birth parent and you need to understand the difference to the degree in which you ever can."
I have a humanities degree - now what? x
For those of us who did not peak in High School x
Finding birth parents and the decision of whether or not to try
WHY ON EARTH WHATEVER NEXT?
We took the name Whatever Next from the title of a children's book Jo's mum used to read to her before bedtime.
It was about a small bear who wanted to go to the moon in a cardboard box.
However, the main reason we chose this name is because it encapsulates the large question mark surrounding our futures, particularly in these uncertain times.