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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.


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CoramBAAF is proud to be part of National Adoption Week 2016 and its timely theme of #SupportAdoption

New YouGov figures released today show that 73% of people in England know someone who is affected by adoption, highlighting the relevance of this year’s campaign and the need for ongoing child-centred, adoption-friendly awareness-raising. Read more


Government announces extension of two child rule exemption to all adopted children

CoramBAAF welcomes the announcement from the Department for Education that all adopted children are to be exempted from the policy limiting Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit to two children. Read more


CoramBAAF Independent Panel Chairs Group has ‘significant concern’ about Children and Social Work Bill proposals

Clause 29 of the Children and Social Work Bill would allow the government to dispense with primary child welfare legislation or regulations at the request of a local authority. At the Bill’s Second Reading in the House of Lords, Lord Nash, the Schools Minister, gave three examples of where this Clause could be applied: the disbanding of adoption and fostering panels, the relaxing of the assessment process for children who were being placed with family and friends foster carers, and removal of independent reviewing officers (IRO) for "low risk" children in care.

All three of these potential applications of the proposal have caused significant concern to the Coram BAAF Adoption Panel Chairs Group in London & South East England, a long established regional forum for independent Adoption Panel Chairs. Members of this group have set out their concerns for your consideration.

Please click here to download the Adoption Panel Chairs Group Response


CoramBAAF is proud to be a founder of Together For Children (29 September 2016)

Launched today, Together For Children is a new network of organisations and individuals who have come together to defend the rights of vulnerable children and young people, during the passage of the Children and Social Work Bill here.


New Children's Health Assessment Forms - Now Available (30 August 2016)

CoramBAAF has published new editions of eight health forms for professionals on looked after children and their birth parents. Templates are being sent directly to organisations with licences for the forms. Health practitioners who have not received the new templates, should please contact their agency. If your agency doesn’t have one, you can get further information and see sample copies by emailing

New study investigating use of research in the family justice system launches call for evidence (25 August 2016)

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.


CoramBAAF releases survey results on the work of panels (August 2016)

CoramBAAF is delighted to have received more than 200 responses from professionals and adopters to our survey on the work of adoption panels and their impact on care planning through adoption matches.

Analysis of the results has shown that for the majority of those who participate in them, adoption panels are seen to play a vital role in the matching process and contribute to improved outcomes. Our report, by Roy Stewart and Elaine Dibben, is available to read here.


Training, conferences and consultancy

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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.