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British Association for Adoption and Fostering charity closes

British Association for Adoption and Fostering charity closes

British Association for Adoption and Fostering charity closes

“Significant changes and economic conditions” caused the surprise closure of the national charity after more than 30 years helping children, when the number of children being adopted continues to rise and after the government announced another £30m for adoption services.

BAAF is being run by administrators while the services in England are being transferred to the Coram Group who support disadvantaged children and young people. The First4Adoption information service will take over the National Adoption Register for England, alongside Coram and Adoption UK.

In Scotland, the St Andrew’s Children’s Society will provide a national adopter helpline while BAAF Northern Ireland and BAAF Wales will continue to operate on a limited basis.

A new independent organisation, CoramBAAF Adoption Fostering Academy, will continue BAAF’s work in policy research, professional advice, membership administration and development, as well as taking over the running of National Adoption Week and Adoption activity days.

BAAF chief executive Caroline Selkirk said; “In the face of significant changes and prevailing economic conditions, it has sadly not been possible to sustain the organisation. We have been working hard to ensure that many of BAAF’s vital services for vulnerable children continue.

The new opportunity offered by Coram will allow the legacy of BAAF to be taken forward as part of the vision for a national centre of excellence for children.”

“We appreciate that this is a very challenging time for our dedicated staff and are committed to giving them as much support as is possible during this period. We are immensely grateful to all of our donors, members and partners who, for over 30 years, have enabled BAAF to provide services of the highest quality and look forward to their continued support of adoption and fostering.”