BAAF in Wales
Welcome to the Wales page from Director Wendy Keidan
Cardiff Office team:
- Wendy Keidan, Director BAAF Cymru
- Val Leung/ Fiona Probert, Regional Administrators
- Roz Waterhouse, 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 the South Wales Adoption Agencies Consortium http://www.swaac.org.uk.
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.
Each office holds an annual open day for child care and family placement social workers to become more familiar with the range of services offered by BAAF Cymru. The days are free and all visitors receive a complimentary information pack. Contact your nearest office for further details.
What's happening in Wales
BAAF statement regarding The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill – A BAAF Cymru response to Adoption Reform
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill will enter Stage One of the process to become law with its introduction into the Assembly on 29th January 2013. Read the full statement here.
Welsh Government Response to The Children and Young People Committee Inquiry into Adoption, January 2013
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:
The report and the response will be debated in Plenary on Wednesday 16 January, and can be viewed on Senedd TV using the following link www.senedd.tv/#main.
A Film to Raise Adoption Awareness in Wales
Watch our new 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.
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 2O12. This will be revised following any feedback by the end of the year. You can read the document here.
Adoption Register Annual Report 2011/12
The latest annual report has just been published in conjunction with BAAF. Read the full PDF report here
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