BAAF in Wales
Welcome to the Wales page from Director Wendy Keidan
Cardiff Office team:
- Wendy Keidan, Director BAAF Cymru
- Valerie Leung/ Fiona Probert, Regional Administrators
- Kathy S’Jacob Trainer Consultant
- Sarah Coldrick, Legal Consultant
Rhyl Office team:
BAAF Cymru operates from two offices bases located in the North (Rhyl) and South (Cardiff) and provides a comprehensive range of advice, information, training and publications. A fully bilingual service is available from the Rhyl office.
On the behalf of all Adoption, Fostering and Child Care Agencies in Wales we can also access specialist advice on meeting the needs of Black, Minority Ethnic children and Asylum Seeking children and young people.
We also support IRM Cymru irmcymru.org.uk
- Contract Manager - appointment pending
- Fiona Probert, Administrator
Areas we cover
BAAF Cymru covers the whole of Wales.
How we can help
- An advice line, for members of the public and for professionals - for help and information about adoption, fostering and tracing relatives.
- Consultancy services for professionals, offering in depth help on complex cases and other issues.
- Training in Wales - a wide range of courses for social workers and other professionals.
- Consultancy on your agency's training needs. see the wide range of consultancy we offer. In addition we can also do individual staff mentoring and Serious Case Reviews
- Legal and medical professionals as well as social work staff are welcome to visit our offices for informal discussions and to browse our BAAF publications library.
What's happening in Wales
The National Adoption Service
This is a new service that will transform the way adoption services are delivered across Wales. It will be launched during National Adoption Week on 5th November and is pioneering in its approach across the UK.
The National Adoption Service in Wales is an initiative of Welsh Government and is supported by the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), the Association of Directors of Social Services in Wales (ADSS C) and the key Voluntary Adoption Agencies. The service will be funded and delivered by local government in collaboration with the voluntary sector. Please visit http://www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk/wales-national-adoption-service
Watch this video featuring Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Social Services and Wendy Keidan, Director of BAAF Cymru, talking about the new service.
An invitation to take part in a Research Study on the Experiences of Adoptive Families in Wales
If you have a child living in Wales placed for adoption with you between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2015, Cardiff University would like to hear from you!
A team of researchers at Cardiff University has been funded by the Welsh Government to carry out a major new research study that aims to understand the early experiences of children and their families when a child has been placed for adoption.
If you are interested please text YES to 07814 186066 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or website sites.cardiff.ac.uk/adoptioncohort
We also support IRM Cymru
Following a competitive tender process , BAAF Cymru is delighted to have been re awarded the contract to operate the IRM Cymru from 1st October 2014 until March 2016 . The IRM is funded by Welsh Government and is operated under the IRD (Adoption and Fostering ) (Wales ) Regulations 2010.
Consultation: Extending Access to Intermediary Services - Wales
The Welsh Government is consulting on plans to extend access to intermediary services, which at present can only be used by adopted people and their relatives. The consultation is seeking views on which categories of relatives should have access to intermediary services, and also about the rights of the adopted person to make a veto on intermediaries making contact with them.
The deadline for responses is 27 October 2014.
Further details and links to the consultation document are provided on the Welsh Government website.
Adoption Agencies (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014
Briefing note on the Adoption Agencies (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 prepared by Sarah Coldrick, BAAF Cymru Legal Advisor. View the document here.
IRM Cymru Three Year Overview report published
A Film to Raise Adoption Awareness in Wales
Watch our film featuring adoptive families from across Wales which has been made to help recruit more adopters throughout the country. They have shared their heart warming stories to inspire people to consider becoming a ‘forever family’ for a child or sibling group who are unable to live with their birth family.
The film, which has Welsh subtitles, is made by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) in partnership with the BBC’s Outreach volunteering initiative. The film is also available on the BAAF YouTube channel youtube.com/adoptionfostering and can be downloaded to use by all membership organisations free of charge.
Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People
Download the All Wales Practice Guidance (PDF).
National Statistics on Looked After Children in Wales
The British Association for Adoption & Fostering for Wales (BAAF Cymru) is pleased to see that there has been an increase in the number of children placed for adoption according to the latest National Statistics on Looked After Children produced by the Welsh Government.
BAAF Cymru Rhyl
Morfa Clwyd Business Centre
84 Marsh Road
Tel: 01745 336 336
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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