Professor Julie Selwyn is one of the most respected figures in UK adoption and fostering. She runs the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies at Bristol University. Her research has had great influence on the way in which we think about and help vulnerable children. This was recognised in the 2016 New Year’s Honours when she was awarded a CBE for services to adoption and looked-after children. In this wide-ranging podcast she talks to First4Adoption's Chris Burton about her work as a social worker and academic, the healing power of families, the importance of therapeutic support and the lifelong nature of adoption.