Al Coates Dad to six adopted children, husband, rider of bikes, Social Worker, ex Foster Carer, DfE advisor on Adoption Support, Blogger & Podcaster

Al Coates is a dad to six children, all adopted. That wasn't the plan but it was how it turned out. After adopting three children with his wife he became a foster carer then went onto adopt three more children. Al worked in the construction industry for 20 years leaving in 2008 to co parent his children, he then went on to train & work as a Social Worker. He is also an advisor to the Department for Education on Adoption Support.

You can read more about Al's adoptive life and thoughts on contemporary Adoption and Fostering in his blog at

He is the funder of the Adoption & Fostering Podcast which can be listened to here