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.
- The process of becoming an adopter or foster carer.
- Tracing and contacting family members - for adult adoptees and birth relatives (Southern England office only).
- 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.
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
6-10 Kirby Street
Tel: 020 7421 2652 (Advice given Mon-Fri, 9am - 1pm)
Fax: 020 7421 2669
For workshop queries please contact us on
Tel: 0207 421 2670/72
For training queries please contact us on:
Tel: 0207 421 2671/70
Central England enquiries: Birmingham
BAAF Birmingham office
54 Coventry Road
Tel: 0121 753 2001
Fax: 0121 753 7799
Advice and information line: 0113 289 1144 Mon- Fri, 9am – 1pm.
Northern England enquiries: Leeds
BAAF Yorkshire and Humberside
4 Pavilion Business Park
Royds Hall Road
Tel: 0113 289 1101
Advice and information line: 0113 289 1144 Mon-Fri, 9am – 1pm.
Northern East England enquiries: Newcastle
BAAF North East
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 261 6600
Fax: 0191 232 2063
Advice and information line: 0113 289 1144 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 1pm)
BAAF Northern Ireland
1-5 Botanic Avenue
Tel: 028 9031 5494
Fax: 028 9031 4516
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
BAAF Scottish Centre
113 Rose Street
Tel: 0131 226 9270
Fax: 0131 226 2503
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.
7 Cleeve House
Tel: 029 2076 1155
Fax: 029 2074 7934
BAAF Cymru Rhyl
Morfa Clwyd Business Centre
84 Marsh Road
Tel: 01745 336 336