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.

We’re taking the Fostering Excellence Awards 2020 online!

Due to Covid-19 we won’t be holding the awards ceremony in London this year, but will be recognising our 2020 winners and celebrating their outstanding achievements online. 

There will be a full week of celebrations, beginning on Monday 19 October, to shine a spotlight on the incredible fostering community. We will be revealing the winners throughout the week and will also be hearing from some recognisable faces. See the full programme of events.

Nominations for the Fostering Excellence Awards 2020 are now closed. Thank you to everyone who nominated.

Read about last year's ceremony here.

Award categories

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

Outstanding Achievement

Open for nominations
 

  • Outstanding Achievement
    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 (supported by The Exilarch's Foundation)
    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/s or family and friends foster carer/s who has made an exceptional contribution to foster care - only open to members of The Fostering Network. 

  • The Jon and Kathy Broad Award (supported by Jon Broad)
    recognises the outstanding work of a foster carer who specialises in fostering children and young people with learning disabilities. Selected from eligable nominations for the Outstanding Contribution by a Foster Carer Award.

  • Outstanding Contribution by a Social Worker
    recognises a supervising social worker or a children's social worker who has made an exceptional contribution to foster care - only open to members of The Fostering Network.

  • Outstanding Contribution by Sons and Daughters (supported by Williams Giles)  
    celebrates a son, daughter or sibling group, aged 18 or under,
    who have gone the extra mile to support their parents or the young people in foster care with their family - ​only open to
    children 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.
     

Further information

For further information about the Fostering Excellence Awards, please email awards@fostering.net.