NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE FOSTERTALK AWARDS 2022!
After a truly wonderful awards ceremony last year, we wanted to continue to shine a light on the amazing work and dedication that foster carers, children, care leavers and socials workers from across the U.K. have shown over the past 12 months with the return of The FosterTalk Awards!

Last year your response was overwhelming, and we received hundreds of submissions across our categories, giving our judges an extremely challenging and tough decision in choosing our winners.

We have some brand-new awards this year including, “Outstanding commitment to fostering asylum-seeking children and young people”.

Has a young person in your care who’s experienced difficult circumstances, gone on to achieve great things? Have you had unwavering support from your supervising social worker, have they gone above and beyond to help you and the children in your care?

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION TODAY!

Nominations will close at midnight on 31st May 2022.

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FOSTERTALK AWARDS NOMINATION FORM

FosterTalk Awards Nomination Form

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PREVIOUS WINNERS SPOTLIGHT

Outstanding Commitment to Fostering Children
with Disabilities:

Carolyn Moody MBE


Carolyn Moody MBE Foster Carer

To be honest I was shocked when it was announced I had won. I felt quite overwhelmed but excited at the same time. I never really knew how hard fostering was going to be emotionally or how challenging especially during this last year. But I wouldn’t change what I do for the world.

Every once in a lifetime, we come across that one individual who makes the world seem a better place to live in. How lucky are we to have met three. I am so proud of each of my boys and I feel over the moon when they master new milestones, when their faces beam with happiness.

How different their lives are now from their early experiences. I want them to continue to have happy healthy lives. I will always try my best to nurture, care and support them and I will always be there for them.

At Caldecott Fostering we are all valued and made to feel part of a fostering community.
Thank you to Derek Moody for being my rock. The boys are just incredible!
Thank you FosterTalk!

Foster Carer of the Year
Fiona Kirlew



My kids are my world, my oxygen and without them I’m nothing.
Fostering has changed my life for the better and I wouldn’t have it any other way… in Jamaica we have a saying which is ‘out of many one people’ and in this family were all from different backgrounds but together we are one big happy family. Love them all!

Fiona Foster Carer of the year

Care Leaver of the Year
Luke Massey


Luke Care Leaver of the Year FosterTalk Awards

I was honoured to have won this award for care leaver of the year.
It has been such a journey from the age of eight to being almost 25, there have been some bad times but so many good times and now on top of the previous good times I can add to my list this award.

I would say to anyone to follow their dreams and never give up, even when times are hard, there is always a way to achieve what you want in life, it just may take some time to get there.

Thank you form the bottom of my heart for this award, I would like to thank my carers Mark and Nick Dennison Moorhouse aka Dad and Pops for sticking with me and supporting me through the wobbles, without you guys I would not be here.

Rising Star
Suzy Rigby


Suzy was nominated by her husband, Alex Ribgy from TLC Wales and he said:


My wife Suzy has been a rock for me and our foster daughter throughout lockdown. Our foster daughter (FD) has very complex epilepsy and very severe learning difficulties. Suzy has spent lockdown researching sensory toy sights to find toys and items that could be a benefit to our FD.

Suzy Rising Star FosterTalk Awards
She has also created sensory bottles and sensory pouches for our FD to explore and play with to help continue her education. We have had no input from our FD’s school, so Suzy has had to do this by herself to make a positive impact for her.

This is in addition to the multiple hospital stays that have been required due to the acute nature of our FD’s condition. Suzy is a completely dedicated and devoted carer to our FD throughout lockdown and I would love to see her be recognized for her amazing love and care of our FD.

Outstanding Contribution by a Social Worker
Debs Morgan-Jones


Debs Morgan Jones FosterTalk Awards

I was thrilled to have been nominated and even more thrilled to hear I was a finalist.
Debs’ Fab Carers (as they call themselves J) and young people are amazing. Something good happens every single day for me at work. I am so proud of every single one of them.
For me, fostering is about the people, not just the carers but their families who also support and do so much.
They are just amazing … it makes the job even more rewarding when my dedication and commitment to them is reciprocated in so many ways. Thank you to everyone who goes the extra mile, be it SSW, carer, family or YP – we all make a difference when we work together.

Watch our 2021 FosterTalk Awards ceremony!

2021 FosterTalk Award Winners –
sponsored by Lighthouse Financial Solutions

Foster Carer of the Year
Fiona Kirlew, Fostering People

Outstanding Commitment to Fostering Children with Disabilities
Carolyn Moody MBE, Caldecott Fostering

Care Leaver of the Year – Supported by From Care to Where? Podcast
Luke Massey

Outstanding Achievement by a Young Person in Care – Supported by Elements
Child AD, nominated by Rachel Decon from Southampton CC

Outstanding Contribution of a Birth or Adopted Child
M Jay, nominated by Rachel Jay from Birmingham Children’s Trust

Fostering Supporter
Fee and Neil Purvis, nominated by Caroline Matthews from Northumberland CC

Rising Star – Supported by Trevor Elliott MBE
Suzy Ribgy, TLC Wales

Outstanding Contribution by a Social Worker – Supported by Insight Wellbeing Services
Debs Morgan Jones, FCA South East

Lifetime Achievement Award
Joan Swift, Sheffield CC

If you have any questions regarding our awards or would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, please email marketing@fostertalk.org