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

Training, conferences and consultancy

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

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.




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We are here to provide expert advice and resources to support the work of our members, including social workers and other professionals. Find out how we can help you


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We publish a range of highly respected expert publications for social workers, adopters, foster carers, children, adopted adults, academics, students and the wider children’s workforce.

Projects Projects
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.