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The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has announced that it has closed and some of its functions will transfer to children's charity and adoption and fostering agency, Coram, and to a new entity, CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy. The closure, which has been blamed on 'prevailing economic conditions',…
A man who was abusive to a social services manager after his son was placed for adoption has been given a suspended jail term. Kaine Hancock was given a six-month term suspended for 15 months when a judge ruled that he was in contempt of court at a hearing in…
A Survation poll commissioned by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) reveals that 91% of the UK adult population don’t know what private fostering is. BAAF and ECPAT UK, an anti-child trafficking charity, are concerned that more than 10,000 children may be at risk because carers and members…
The Government has committed £30 million to finding adoptive parents for children in care. Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne want to speed up the process of finding new homes for the 3,000 children waiting for adoption, half of whom spend more than 18 months in care. Mr…
A new report from the University of Bristol into adoption disruption in Wales reveals adoptive parents were unable to access support for their children, spoke of their isolation and gave many examples of being attacked, threatened and intimidated. The study Beyond the Adoption Order in Wales, conducted by the Hadley…
BASW’s vice chair Maggie Mellon has described a fall in adoption orders following two landmark family court judgements as an opportunity to stop and think about what is really happening in the lives of our most vulnerable children. In a response to figures cited in The Independent newspaper showing that…
Ofsted have published updated versions of datasets which are disclosed as a result of Freedom of Information requests. Some information which is requested is exempt from disclosure to the public under the Freedom of Information Act; it is therefore not appropriate for this information to be made available. Examples of…
Vulnerable children are finding adoptive families faster thanks to an improved system for matching prospective parents with youngsters from across Scotland. The new improved website for Scotland’s Adoption Register, which is run by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, is launched…
Social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a four-year-old girl who had suffered "neglect" when at home. Judge Stephen Wildblood outlined a number of "failures" by Gloucestershire County Council. The judge said it was "very rare" that so many…
The National Adoption Service in Wales has appointed Suzanne Griffiths as Director of Operations, Wendy Carroll as Business and Performance Manager, Martina McCrossan as Policy and Practice Officer and Bethan Thomas as Administrative Assistant. Launched in November 2014, the National Adoption Service aims to improve services for all those affected…
A woman has failed in a legal bid to prevent her two-year-old son being adopted by practising Christians who are not a "religious match". The woman wanted to revoke an judge's order that the little boy should be placed for adoption and argued that a relative should be allowed to…
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has today published the ‘Children Adopted from Care in Northern Ireland 2013/14’ statistical bulletin. This bulletin details statistical information relating to children adopted from care in Northern Ireland, during the year ending 31 March 2014. The tables within the bulletin…
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