Adoption achievements recognised in New Year’s Honours list23 December 2016
An adoptive mother to nine children is amongst the list of those whose service to children and families has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Sue Clifford who, together with her husband Jim, first adopted in 1990 – and has children aged between 16 and 36 – has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). Sue, aged 58, also speaks at adoption events and is active in training and supporting other adopters. She said, “It was a complete shock to be awarded an MBE. My husband was awarded an OBE in recognition of his work around social investment, and the development of interventions, particularly in adoption, so I just thought ‘that was that’. Friends kept asking ‘When will you get yours?’ but I didn’t think I would.”
Amongst the adoption professionals receiving awards was Andrew Christie, Chair of The Adoption Leadership Board and former director of Children’s services for Hammersmith and Fulham Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster local authorities. Mr Christie gains a CBE for his dedication to services for children.
Congratulations to all those honoured. You can read the full list here
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