BAAF announces the winners of the National Adoption Week Awards 2014

Issue date: 05/11/2014

Last night the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) announced the winners of the National Adoption Week Awards 2014 at a ceremony in London. Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, who grew up with two adopted brothers, attended as the charity's special guest.Nominees from across the UK competed in four individual categories:

Adoption Social Worker of the Year:

Carole Kloss, Hampshire County Council

Carole was nominated  by adoptive parents after she went the extra mile to ensure their daughter was placed before her first birthday. Carole impressed judges with her commitment to ensuring the child arrived with her new family quickly.

Local Authority Adoption Agency of the Year: 

Devon Adoption Service

Devon Adoption Service was recognised for its empathetic and creative approach to recruiting and supporting adoptive families, birth parents and children. An example of the team’s creative approach includes their decision to create two special life story books for the children, one which they can use to remember their past, and another which they can use to look to the future.

Voluntary Adoption Agency of the Year: 

Adoption Matters, Cheshire

Adoption Matters supports adoptive families for children who might otherwise wait for, or not achieve, permanent placement. Adoption Matters’ impressive collaborative model of support, which brings together educational, health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) and social work was commended.

Digital Champion of the Year: 

First4Adoption, London

First4Adoption embraced new technology to ensure that the service reached over 250,000 unique users within its first eighteen months. It also introduced new e-learning materials, including First Steps, a preparation package to help early stage potential adopters understanding the adoption process. 

Special Mention

Social worker, Helen Linforth, from Durham Family Welfare was nominated in the Social Worker of the Year category, but unfortunately Helen died in the period between nomination and shortlisting. A glowing commendation from one family, with whom Helen placed children, was read out at the ceremony. 

Barbara Hutchinson, BAAF’s Interim Chief Executive, commented: “Our National Adoption Week Awards celebrate good practice and exceptional achievement among those working in, or involved with adoption in the UK. I want to congratulate all the award winners and nominees for their hard work this year to ensure children can find a stable, secure and loving home. I hope these stories will inspire many more people to consider adoption.”

Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, said:

“As someone from an adoptive family, I know only too well the love, stability and dedication adopted parents provide for some of our most vulnerable children.

BAAF provides invaluable help and advice to agencies to help them support adoptive parents, making sure they have everything they need to provide a stable, loving home. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to both BAAF and the adoptive parents they support for everything they do to make a difference to the lives of adopted children.”

Broadcaster and BAAF Patron Nicky Campbell hosted the evening, where those shortlisted, along with their nominees, were invited to join the celebrations.For further information on National Adoption Week (3rd-9th November), please visit: http://www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk.