This is an important case of a fostering agency being challenged over whether their recruitment policy is discriminatory or not – and whether it is lawful for a fostering agency to only accept heterosexual, married, evangelical practicing Christians as foster carers.
We are delighted to support this year’s National Adoption Week and the commitment to share the stories of all those impacted by adoption whose voices are often less heard -adopted people, adopters, birth parents and the Children’s Services workforce.
Josh MacAlister, the Chair of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, gave a keynote speech talking about his experiences so far, the timescales of the review and what the review will be doing during the autumn and winter following the publication of the Case for Change in July.
At our recent CoramBAAF Members’ Day, we had a panel discussion that explored race and ethnicity in the care system. A very lively and engaged discussion ensued that raised difficult questions that we as an organisation will continue to address and where possible with colleagues in the sector.
Kinship Care Week provides us with an important opportunity to acknowledge the significance of kinship care. Government data and research are continuing to show an increased emphasis on kinship care, in both local authorities and the courts.
As an organisation working to improve the lives and outcomes of children in care and care experienced children, we know that racism exists, how toxic it is and that we are all affected. The death of George Floyd and the outrage it sparked, the rise of Black Lives Matter movement, and the vulnerabilities and inequality in our society that the pandemic has exposed, led us to put together a statement.
The Guatemalan government is running a campaign to assist adoptees of Guatemalan descent in tracing their origins and helping them access identity documents.
CoramBAAF signed a letter to Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, raising our concerns over the Government’s treatment of newly arrived migrant children and ensuring him to ensure these children receive the care they need.
Children needing secure care, caught between the rock of placement shortages and the hard place of regulations
Alexandra Conroy Harris, CoramBAAF's Legal Consultant, reflects on the implications, and unintended consequences, of the amendments to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Reviews Regulations, which come into effect on 9 September 2021.
CoramBAAF responds to the Case for Change report from the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
The Case for Change report from the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care sets out a powerful argument about the need for reform and the need to work more closely with families.