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 Jenny McMillan
  • Administrator Fiona Probert

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

New consultation launched on raising the ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales

Please see the link to the consultation document: Raising ambitions and educational attainment of children who are looked after in Wales which has now been published.

Adoption process experience for adopters with a disability

Charlotte Weaver, a post graduate student at Cardiff University is conducting a research on the adoption process experience for adopters with a disability and would like to interview adopters – see attached poster for more information.

The National Adoption Service

This is a new service that will transform the way adoption services are delivered across Wales.It is pioneering in its approach across the UK. The service be found online at

Watch the following clip from Welsh Government and hear the aspirations of the new service from Wendy Keidan , Director of BAAF Cymru and Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services

Watch the video below to hear Suzanne Griffith Director of Operations National Adoption Service and adoptive parents talk about the new service

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 is funded and delivered by local government in collaboration with the voluntary sector.

Follow the National Adoption Service for Wales on Twitter and Facebook

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 or website

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.

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.

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

Contact details

BAAF Cymru 7 Cleeve House Lambourne Crescent Cardiff CF14 5GP Tel: 029 2076 1155 Fax: 029 2074 7934 email:




Cardiff Office:

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BAAF Cymru Rhyl W2 Morfa Clwyd Business Centre 84 Marsh Road Rhyl Denbighshire LL18 2AF Tel: 01745 336 336 email:

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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