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CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them.


New study investigating use of research in the family justice system launches call for evidence

A scoping study commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation and led by Professor Karen Broadhurst at Lancaster University, has launched a nationwide call for evidence to better understand the use of research evidence in the family justice system. Read more here.


Final spaces for prospective adopters still available at our next Adoption Activity Day in September

Attend our Adoption Activity Day in Surrey to meet a range of children who are waiting to be adopted in a supported, safe and fun environment.

Find out more here.


CoramBAAF releases survey results on the work of panels

CoramBAAF invited responses to a survey on the work of adoption panels and their impact on care planning through their consideration of adoption matches. We were delighted to receive over 200 responses from professionals involved with panels, and also from adopters, who provided thoughtful and strongly held views.

Analysis of the survey results has shown that for the majority of those who participate in them, adoption panels are seen to play a vital role in the process of matching children and adopters and contribute to improved outcomes for adopted children and their families. The report, written by Roy Stewart and Elaine Dibben, is now available to read here. We hope that it will contribute to discussions on the role of adoption panels and the wider debate about the potential impact of Clause 15 of the Children and Social Work Bill 2016.


CoramBAAF urges Parliamentarians to reject Clause 15 of the Children and Social Work Bill

CoramBAAF has set out its opposition to proposals that could see Clause 15 of the Children and Social Work Bill used to disband adoption and fostering panels and relax the assessment process for children being placed with family and friends foster carers.

Full details are provided in the CoramBAAF Briefing.


Training, conferences and consultancy

image training button Our expert training in adoption and fostering and our seminars and conferences tackle the vital issues facing practitioners today.


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We publish a range of highly respected expert publications for social workers, adopters, foster carers, children, adopted adults, academics, students and the wider children’s workforce.


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We are here to provide expert advice and resources to support the work of our members, including social workers and other professionals.Find out how we can help give you a more subtle understanding of the issues, the developments, the debates, and help make better lives for children

Adoption Activity Days

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We run events across England where prospective adopters have the opportunity to meet children, who need adoptive placements, in a safe and supported environment.

Find out more about Adoption Activity Days, where just one day can change a life.