We are delighted to announce that our trustee, Susanna Daus, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her outstanding work in fostering and adoption. Susanna is the manager of Islington Council’s adoption and fostering service and will be awarded a British Empire Medal.
Susanna said: ‘It’s fantastic and I’m very flattered, but a little embarrassed, to be recognised, but this is a great way to talk about the amazing work of foster carers in Islington, and the need for more foster carers and adopters to look after our very special children and young people.’
Susanna, who started her career as a social worker in Merton, south London, has worked for Islington Council for 13 years and is regularly consulted by the Department for Education for advice and feedback on national policy.
She has been involved with The Fostering Network for a number of years including being a former chair of the board of trustees and welcoming the Duchess of Cambridge to afternoon tea with Islington foster carers in 2015.
Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network, said: ‘Susanna has worked tirelessly to support foster carers and the young people they care for, and to raise the profile of fostering, not just in Islington but across the UK through her work with The Fostering Network. This honour, along with the honours given to others involved in fostering, is richly deserved and reflects the vital role that foster carers and fostering services play in our society. ’