AN adoption social worker who helps youngsters in Uttoxeter has been commended for her work by the Prime Minister.
David Cameron heaped praise on Lyndsey Hunt, who works for Staffordshire County Council, after she just missed out after reaching the finals of the British Adoption Association’s prestigious ‘Social Worker of the Year’ award.
She made it down to the finals with three other contenders but was pipped at the post.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I want to say a heartfelt thank you to Lyndsey and all the winners and nominees for everything they’ve done to help these children get something that every child deserves — the hope of a second chance at a loving, stable family.
“I hope their stories will inspire many more people to think about adopting.” Mrs Hunt said: “I am very honoured and deeply touched to have reached the finals. It has been a real experience.
“It’s a challenging job at times but there is a real sense of achievement when we see children placed with families who want to love and support them throughout their lives.” Staffordshire county councillor Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for children’s wellbeing, added his congratulations.
He said: “I am delighted for Lyndsey who did extremely well in getting to the finals of this prestigious award.
“Lyndsey has done a huge amount of excellent work for many families and her nomination is an acknowledgement of her hard efforts.
“She is very highly thought of by our adoption families and her achievement sets high standards for all of our adoption social workers.” Staffordshire are currently looking for loving homes for 78 children who the court have decided should be placed for adoption and the service is urging prospective families to get in touch.
There is also an immediate need to place infants under two years old with adoptive families.
Anyone interested in adoption should call 08001 692061 or visit www.care4child.org