Suffolk Social Worker Karen Stock nominated for National Adoption Week Award

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A Social Worker from Suffolk has been selected as a finalist at the First4Adoption National Adoption Week 2017 Awards.

Karen Stock of Suffolk County Council’s Adoption and Fostering service has been nominated for the ‘Adoption Social Worker of the Year’ award.

Karen is one of 24 finalists across 6 categories and will find out whether she has won at an award ceremony taking place in London next week.

Gemma Gordon-Johnson, Head of Service for First4Adoption said:

"The National Adoption Week Awards recognise the exceptional achievements of adopters and adoption professionals. Social Workers like Karen do remarkable work on behalf of some of our most vulnerable children and families. Next Tuesday’s ceremony will be a rare opportunity to thank them. We look forward to a wonderful night at London’s Foundling Museum.”

On receiving her nomination, Karen Stock said:

“Having overcome my initial shock, I feel both honoured and delighted to have been nominated for this award. I feel proud to represent Suffolk Adoption Service who continue to be committed and dedicated to delivering positive outcomes for children, families and service users.”

Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills at Suffolk County Council, said:

"I’m delighted that Karen has been shortlisted for this award in recognition of her outstanding work with children and their families. It is particularly pleasing that the nominations have come directly from families she has worked with. Two of these families are in the process of adopting again. “We are extremely proud of the work our Adoption and Fostering teams do.

"Our Children’s Services are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and in recent feedback adopters reported that the assessment and support from Suffolk’s adoption social workers is ‘excellent, faultless and superb’.”

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