On Tuesday 18 October we hosted the annual National Adoption Week Awards at the Foundling Museum, London to celebrate good practice and exceptional achievement among those working or involved in adoption in the UK. The winners were as follows:

Adoption Social Worker of the Year

Jean Jackson

This is what one adoptive parent said about the winner: “To say she goes the extra miles is an understatement! She will go the extra marathon, every time. She has a nickname that a few of us use in a loving way, and that name is Yoda! She is the font of all knowledge. As wise as an owl and as compassionate as Mother Theresa”

Adoption Support Practitioner of the Year

Delyth Evans

Our winner was nominated for: “devising the innovative ‘Graduated Approach to Adoption Support’ model which focuses on early intervention and non-therapeutic support services. She also set up the regional Centre for Adoption Support which has worked with over 400 families. Minister, would you please do the honours and open the envelope?”

Adoption Blog of the Year

Al Coates

For a blog that is: “filled with a humorous cheeky edge, which grips you into understanding the issue, the view of the family and the potential solution”.

Excellence in Adoption Practice

Lincolnshire County Council

Awarded for their dedication and consistently high standards, coupled with their innovative approach to meeting the needs of children whose plan is adoption. This organisation’s last two OFSTED inspections have been ‘outstanding’.

Adopter Champion of the Year

Scott Casson-Rennie

This is what the person who nominated them said: “This person is a tireless ambassador for adoption. They talk from the most competent of positions – as an adoptive parent of three children. They are comfortable sharing their experiences to help others. They have always been eager to give back and have chaired an adopters support group, delivered presentations at preparation courses and been interviewed by national media to raise awareness of adoption”.

The Gareth Marr Award for Lifetime Achievement

Jeanne Kaniuk

Jeanne began her UK social work career in Camden in 1971 where she immediately made an impact and was recognised as an excellent social worker. She understood the value of children growing up in a secure adoptive famiiy when it was not possible to return them to their birth family. This person was instrumental in developing Coram’s pioneering Concurrent Planning project, which is now in its fifteenth year. She also inspired policy changes in early placement and has been awarded a DfE grant to establish new national quality work. She has successfully engaged with local authorities to combine the skills of LAs and VAAs to best serve the needs of children. And she led the development of Coram’s groundbreaking adoption partnership with the London Borough of Harrow, the first partnership of its kind.

Adoption Celebration Card design competition for children



The winning design was by Lucy. She receives a £100 gift voucher. The winning design also formed the cover for the Awards programme.

Photo gallery from this year’s event

National Adoption Week 2016 Awards