OBE for Adoption Today editor

Published: 19.06.17

Sally Donovan, the editor of Adoption UK’s flagship magazine Adoption Today, is to be made an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to children and families, as announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
OBE for Adoption Today editor

Sally is an adoptive parent to two teenage children and author of adoption memoir No Matter What and The Unofficial Guide to Adoptive Parenting.

The award winning columnist has been responsible for revamping Adoption Today since taking over the publication as editor in May 2016.

Sally is also a volunteer member of the government’s expert advisory groups for both Adoption Support and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). She is also a seasoned campaigner for better support for adoptive families and adopted children.

Sally said: “I am completely bowled over by this award and want to thank those who nominated me for it and those who have supported and continue to support me. I am most aware that the good start in life and the opportunities that I’ve had are a big part of why I have the skills and confidence to make my voice heard, to write books and to get out and meet so many amazing people. 

“Adoptive parents and others parenting care-experienced children are a tremendous asset. They stick by some of the most vulnerable children in our society and can find themselves battling with services that have not yet fully recognised that children and young people who have had traumatic experiences may express that trauma in challenging and baffling ways. “

Sue Armstrong Brown, Adoption UK’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted that Sally has been recognised for her tireless campaigning for better support for adoptive parents and their children. We are very proud to have her as editor of Adoption Today.

“Sally has improved the lives of countless adoptive families so this recognition is richly deserved. Congratulations to Sally, on behalf of the staff and members of Adoption UK, but most of all from the vulnerable and voiceless children on whose behalf she speaks so powerfully.”