BAAF in Wales

Wendy Keidan, Director BAAF CymruWelcome to the Wales page from Director Wendy Keidan

Cardiff Office team:

Rhyl Office team:

Mabqysiadu & MaethuBAAF 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

  • Contract Manager - appointment pending
  • Fiona Probert, Administrator

Areas we cover

BAAF Cymru covers the whole of Wales.

Boundary of area Covered


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

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.

A call for participants: research project exploring Green Social Work in Wales

Are you a Qualified Social Worker living in Wales, interested in the environment and environmental issues? Keele University are currently looking for participants to take part in some research about Green social work.

Your participation will involve taking part in an interview lasting between one and two hours, and the interviewer is able to travel to interview you wherever is convenient. Full details can be found here.

Public Consultation on the Review of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers is now open

The Code of Practice is particularly significant for those groups who have to register with the Care Council, as it is taken into account when there are doubts over a person’s fitness to practice as a result of allegations about their conduct.

The public consultation closes at 5pm on 30 September 2014.

The Consultation documents and link to an electronic response form can be found here.

Hard copies and copies in other formats such as large print can be obtained by contacting Jeni Meyrick on 029 2078 0672 or emailing

New National Adoption Service for Wales to go live in November 2014, Gwenda Thomas announces

The National Adoption Service for Wales will promote adoptions, increase the pool of adopters, and ensure good quality post adoption support is available for those who need it.

Read the full press release here.

Visit the Wales Adoption Register site.

Watch this video featuring Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Social Services and Wendy Keidan, Director of BAAF Cymru, talking about the new service.

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

This is available in English and Welsh.

Celebrities back adoption campaign in South Wales

Former Olympic athlete Jamie Baulch and TV presenter Anna Ryder-Richardson are fronting a campaign called ‘Adopt Wales Cymru’ in a bid to attract more adopters across South Wales. As both celebrities were adopted as young children, they fully understand the importance of a loving and stable family and are keen to support the campaign led by a number of adoption agencies in South Wales to recruit adoptive parents for children and young people, particularly those harder to place.

Alongside Jamie and Anna, current adoptive families are also being used for the campaign, which includes a website, advertisements, leaflet, posters and social media. To find out more information on adoption visit the website at

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill has now been scrutinized by the Health and Social Care Committee who have made a number of recommendations to the Deputy Minister. Full details of the Committees report and recommendations can be found on the National Assembly’s website

Welsh Government Response to The Children and Young People Committee Inquiry into Adoption

The National Assembly for Wales’ Children and Young People Committee has now received the Welsh Government’s response to the Adoption report recommendations, which can be accessed using the link below:

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 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.

Click here to view the statistics for Wales

Practice Guidance: Adoption Agencies (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012  

BAAF Cymru have devised Practice Guidance on the Adoption Agencies (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 and accompanying Statutory Guidance 2012. You can read the document here.

BAAF Cymru Legal Bulletin

Contact details

BAAF Cymru
7 Cleeve House
Lambourne Crescent
CF14 5GP

Tel: 029 2076 1155
Fax: 029 2074 7934




Cardiff Office:

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BAAF Cymru Rhyl
Morfa Clwyd Business Centre
84 Marsh Road
LL18 2AF

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.  

Rhyl Office:

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