Sunderland has said thank you to the city’s foster carers for providing children with homes.
More than 30 of the city’s longest serving foster carers were invited to a presentation ceremony at The Quayside Exchange.
During the ceremony the Celia Parnell Award for 2014 was presented to Julie and Paul Adamson.
This award, created in the memory of Celia Parnell, a former chairwoman of the fostering and adoption panel, is given to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the welfare of looked-after children.
Julie and Paul have been foster carers for 11 years, caring for 25 children and providing six permanent placements.
The couple live with three teenagers who they permanently foster, two young men they previously fostered and their youngest son.
Julie and Paul have become best known for taking in children whose previous placements have broken down.
Coun Pat Smith said within weeks of placing a child with the couple your can see them becoming more self confident, happier and settled.
She said: “Julie and Paul are an inspiration to all of the professionals who work with them, and an absolute blessing to the children who have been lucky enough to be placed with them.”
Julie said: “We are so grateful to have been nominated and humble to have received this award. A big thank you to all professionals for their support and guidance over the years.
“A massive thank you to our family and friends who have supported us over challenging times and still keep believing, like we do.”