Advice from BAAF

Through our country & regional offices, we offer free advice to members of the public, social workers in BAAF member agencies and other professionals.

We can offer advice on:

  • The process of becoming an adopter or foster carer.
  • Obtaining post placement and post adoption support.
  • Tracing and contacting family members - for adult adoptees and birth relatives.
  • Policy and practice issues for professionals.
  • Some aspects of individual cases, though for more complex cases we would offer consultancy.
  • Legislation, regulations and guidance.
  • Available resources - such as books, self-help groups and research.

Possible conflict of interest - be advised Our advice lines are staffed by very experienced staff with many years experience in Fostering and Adoption Practice.  If you ring in to seek advice and guidance about a particular aspect of practice, you should be aware that the adviser may be a member of a fostering or adoption panel that might later on consider the situation about which you are seeking advice.
Where the advice line staff member becomes aware of a potential conflict of interest they will bring it to your attention and offer you the chance to speak to another adviser. Please feel free to ask about this before you embark on seeking advice.

Contact details

You can phone, write or email. If you write to us, we would appreciate it if you could enclose an SAE.

Southern England and international enquiries

BAAF Southern England Saffron House 6-10 Kirby Street London EC1N 8TS Advice and information line Tel: 020 3597 6116 - Advice given Mon-Fri, 9am - 1pm.  Fax: 020 7421 2669 email: For workshop queries please contact us on Tel: 0207 421 2672/70 email: For commissioned training queries please contact us on: Tel: 0207 421 2671/70 email:

Central England enquiries: Birmingham

BAAF Birmingham office Dolphin House 54 Coventry Road Birmingham B10 0RX Tel: 0121 753 2001 Fax: 0121 753 7799 email: Advice and information line: 020 3597 6116 Mon- Fri, 9am – 1pm.

Northern England enquiries: Leeds

BAAF Yorkshire and Humberside
4 Pavilion Business Park
Royds Hall Road
LS12 6AJ

Tel: 0113 289 1101

Advice and Information Service:
Tel: 020 3597 6116 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 1pm).

Northern East England enquiries: Newcastle

BAAF North East MEA House Ellison Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8XS Tel: 0191 261 6600 Fax: 0191 232 2063 Email: Advice and Information Service Tel: 020 3597 6116 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 1pm).  Email:

Northern Ireland

BAAF Northern Ireland Botanic House 1-5 Botanic Avenue Belfast BT7 1JG Tel: 028 9031 5494 Fax: 028 9031 4516 email: Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm


BAAF Scottish Centre 113 Rose Street Edinburgh EH2 3DT Tel: 0131 226 9270 Fax: 0131 226 2503 email: Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm

We have now set up a duty rota system for dealing with telephone/email enquiries. We hold two sessions per week, Tuesday and Thursday 1.30pm – 4.00pm.


BAAF Cymru 7 Cleeve House Lambourne Crescent Cardiff CF14 5GP Tel: 029 2076 1155 Fax: 029 2074 7934 email:

BAAF Cymru Rhyl W2 Morfa Clwyd Business Centre 84 Marsh Road Rhyl Denbighshire LL18 2AF Tel: 01745 336 336 email:

We have now set up a duty rota system for dealing with telephone/email enquiries. We hold two sessions per week, Monday and Thursday 9.00 – 12.00 noon.  

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