Islington fostering and adoption chief given BEM in Queen’s Birthday Honours
PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 June 2018
The woman in charge of finding adopted parents and foster homes for Islington children has been given a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Susanna Daus, also a trustee of leading foster charity The Fostering Network, has worked at the council for 13 years and said she was “very flattered, but a little embarrassed” when told of her royal recognition.
“It is a great way to talk about the amazing work of foster carers in Islington,” she said. “Still too many children and young people are fostered outside London, and we want to change that.
“There are still a lot of misconceptions out there – it doesn’t matter whether you have your own children, or if you own or rent your home, and we welcome people regardless of sexuality, faith or ethnicity.
“What matters is adopters can offer stable, loving homes forever.”
There are about 180 people in the fostering service, and 150 foster carers. Eight children were adopted last year in the borough.