Our work

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BAAF has been supporting, advising and campaigning for better outcomes for children in care for over 30 years. We work with everyone involved with adoption and fostering across the UK. Our regional and country offices in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, provide services to meet the needs of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

BAAF is registered as a Voluntary Adoption Agency and Adoption Support Agency with Ofsted.  View our Statement of Purpose (PDF) this is also available as a welsh language version . In our most recent Ofsted inspection in November 2013 we were voted 'Outstanding' in every category. Read the full report here.

What we do What we do
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BAAF’s family finding services cover the whole of the UK. We specialise in finding parents for those children who wait longest including sibling groups, older children, children with disabilities and BME children.


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We are the UK's leading membership organisation for agencies and individuals that have an interest in fostering, adoption and the well-being of children.


Training, conferences and consultancy

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Our training, seminars and conferences tackle the vital issues facing practitioners today and our courses and programmes are available nationwide.

Therapeutic Services

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Supporting permanence for children through therapy and consultation.


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We campaign nationally and locally to improve the lives of children separated from their birth families. Our flagship campaign is National Adoption Week, which runs in November every year.


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Every day our members ask BAAF for expert guidance to support their work. We also receive thousands of calls each year from people who need advice about all aspects of adoption and fostering.


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We publish an extensive list of highly respected expert publications for social workers, adoptive parents, foster carers, children, adopted adults, students and academics, and the wider children’s workforce.

Projects Projects

Adoption Activity Days

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These are events where prospective adopters have the opportunity to meet a range of children who need adoptive placements.



British Chinese Adoption Study

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Research to follow up the experiences of over 100 women who were brought to the UK from orphanages in Hong Kong in the 1960s for adoption by British families.



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KEEP standard is a 16-week support group programme designed for mainstream foster and kinship carers who have children placed with them aged between five and twelve years.

BAAF's Black and Minority Ethnic Perspectives project

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Promotes wider understanding of black minority ethnic children in the public care system in the UK.



Developing Intensive and Remand Fostering Programmes Daphne logo

This 2-year international project is led by BAAF in the UK and focuses on remand and intensive fostering as alternatives to custody for young offenders.