Fostering Excellence Awards

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The Fostering Excellence Awards are the UK’s most prestigious foster care awards. They celebrate outstanding achievement in fostering and recognise those who make exceptional contributions to foster care every day.

Now in their fifth year, the Fostering Excellence Awards take place every autumn and are a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the young people, foster carers, social workers and others who make a positive contribution to the fostering community.

Over the past few years, we have received hundreds of nominations for some amazing people in the fostering community and have celebrated the achievements of some outstanding individuals. Find out about  last year’s winners and see some photos from the event here.

Do you know someone exceptional in fostering? Why not nominate them for an award? Remember you can nominate more than one person and across more than one category! 

Nominations will close on Friday 15 June 2018.

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Award categories

There are three award categories overall which include a total of nine awards:

Outstanding Achievement

Open for nominations

  • Outstanding Achievement, supported by Dreams
    celebrates the achievements of a young person who has succeeded against the odds on their journey through foster care - open to 16-24 year olds with experience of foster care. 
  • Outstanding Achievement in Education
    celebrates the achievements of a young person who has been in foster care and has succeeded in education - open to 16-24 year olds with experience of foster care.

Outstanding Contribution to Foster Care

Open for nominations

  • Outstanding Contribution by a Foster Carer, supported by The Mortgage Brain
    recognises a foster carer who has made an exceptional contribution to foster care - ​open to members of The Fostering Network.
  • The Jon and Kathy Broad Award
    recognises the outstanding work of a foster carer who specialises in fostering children and young people with learning disabilities. The winner will be selected from the nominees of the 
  • Outstanding Contribution by a Social Worker
    recognises a social worker who has made an exceptional contribution to foster care - open to members of The Fostering Network.
  • Outstanding Contribution by Sons and Daughters
    celebrates a son, daughter or sibling group who have gone the extra mile to support their parents or children and young people in foster care with their family - ​open to the sons and daughters of members of The Fostering Network.

Fostering Supporters

Selected by The Fostering Network

  • Fostering Community Supporter Award
    recognises a person or group of people who have given their time and effort to promote or support fostering.
  • Fostering Friendly: Employer of the Year Award
    recognises a fostering friendly employer who has supported foster carers in their employment.
  • President’s Award
    celebrates people who have made an extraordinary contribution to foster care.

The awards ceremony will take place in London in October 2018. Winners will be invited to attend with a guest of their choice and the person who nominated them.