Stars turn out in support of the 2015 National Adoption Week Awards
Friday 23 October 2015

On 20 October 2015 First4Adoption, the national information service for adoption in England, announced the winners of the 2015 National Adoption Week Awards at a ceremony in London’s Foundling Museum.

National Adoption Week award winners and host Clare Grogan









Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, who grew up with two adopted brothers, joined adoption professionals and adoptive parents and children for a ceremony hosted by actress and singer Clare Grogan, who has an adopted daughter, and actress Lesley Sharp, who was adopted at six weeks old.

Nominees from across the UK competed in five individual categories:

  • Social Worker of the Year
    Jo Davis, Hampshire Adoption
    Jo was recognised for her dedication to her work after she consistently went out of her way to support both adoptive parents and the children under her care, working unconventional hours to provide everyone with the care they needed. Jo has proven herself a true professional who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Adoption Blog of the Year
    Al Coates,
    Al Coates not only shares stories of his own adoption experience through his blog, but also helps other adopters facing similar struggles. Funny, honest and educational, Al’s blog plays an important role in the world of adoption, allowing a community of adopters to share advice and support each other.
  • Excellence in Adoption Practice
    Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption – Concurrent Planning and Permanence Partnership
    Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption – Concurrent Planning and Permanence Partnership are a new partnership between a Voluntary Adoption Agency and a Local Authority. The service, which offers a bespoke approach to speeding up a child’s path to adoption, promoting positive outcomes for children and promoting secure attachments, identity development and resilience, has demonstrated not only excellence but creativity and quality in adoption practice.
  • Adopter Champion of the Year
    Ben Carpenter
    Ben is an exceptional single adoptive parent to three children with significant additional needs. All the children have made significant progress that has surprised social workers and medical professionals alike. Also involved in talks and publications around adoption, Ben goes the extra mile as both an adoptive parent and a member of the adoption community. He is currently beginning the process to adopt a fourth child.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Alan Burnell, Co-founder of Family Futures
    Alan Burnell was adopted as a baby and decided at a young age that he would like to pursue a career in social work. He has worked in local authority fostering and adoption teams, helped set up the Post Adoption Centre, which provides post-adoption support, and co-founded Family Futures, a centre of excellence in adoption and adoption support.

Gemma Gordon-Johnson, Head of Customer Services at First4Adoption, says ‘The National Adoption Week Awards recognise and celebrate good practice and exceptional achievement among those working or involved in adoption in the UK. I want to say thank you and congratulations to all the award winners and nominees for their continued dedication to finding children loving, safe homes.

For further information on National Adoption Week (19th-25th October), please visit: