A CHESTER-BASED adoption service is celebrating after triumphing in this year’s National Adoption Week Awards.
The Liverpool Road-based Adoption Matters Northwest team was crowned Adoption Service of the Year at the ceremony, which formed part of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering’s (BAAF) National Adoption Week celebrations, by BAAF’s chief executive David Holmes.
The service was recognised for its innovative and unique qualities in finding families for children who need to be adopted.
A spokesperson for Adoption Matters Northwest said: “This year has seen a large focus on marketing which has helped the agency play a pivotal role in many of the developments on a national and regional level about adoption.
“Innovative activity has included a real focus on looking for unique ways of engaging with prospective adopters.”
David Holmes, BAAF’s chief executive, said of their win: “The service has demonstrated innovation, drive and commitment and I look forward to following its success.”
There was further local success as Cheshire West and Chester Council worker Kathryn Kelly was named Social Worker of the Year. Kathryn received her award from Children’s Minister Edward Timpson.
Prime Minister David Cameron extended his congratulations, saying: “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of these very special awards – the adoptive parents who have made a life-long commitment to a vulnerable child, giving them a second chance to a happy family life, and the social workers for their hard work right across the adoption process, with the children affected, the people waiting to adopt and the continuing support to the whole family after adoption.”