About us Meet the team Our team Angela Rutherford Senior Adoption Practitioner Angela began her social work career in 1996 with a voluntary adoption agency based in Durham. Initially employed as Project Administrator for the Family Placement Team she was encouraged to re-train to qualify as a social worker, which she did in 2005. Angela then spent ten years working with adopters in this agency before moving to work for a local authority, during which time she continued her professional development obtaining a BA Social Work & Post Qualifying Specialist Award for Social Work with Children, Young People, Their Families and Carers in 2009 at Northumbria University. Angela has been with ARC Adoption North East since the very beginning and has enthusiastically contributed to the development of the agency, sharing her significant knowledge and skills with the team and being rightly proud of the agency's success. Angela is married to Paul; they have two grown up children, a son and a daughter, they also have two granddaughters and two grandsons.