CoramBAAF urges children's minister Robert Goodwill to include fostered child in the entitlement to an extra 15 hours of free childcare each week.
Following the news this week of the conviction of Matthew Scully-Hicks for the murder of his 18-month old adopted daughter, Elsie, John Simmonds, CoramBAAF’s Director of Policy, Research and Development comments on this shocking case.
From enquiries to CoramBAAF’s members’ Advice Line it has become apparent that there is currently some confusion among fostering services in England about the usual fostering limit (the number of children carers can foster at the same time), exemptions to this, and the terms of foster carers’ approval. To provide guidance to members on these issues, we have produced information setting out the current position.
A judgment by the Supreme Court has ruled that Nottinghamshire council was “vicariously liable” for abusive actions of two foster carers in the 1980s. The authority will pay damages to Ms Natasha Armes. Read CoramBAAf's statement.
Respondents to Adoption UK newsletter survey report ' a quarter of adoptive families in crisis'.
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CoramBAAF’s Elaine Dibben provides expert comment on fostering for BBC Newsnight, Radio 2 and Radio 4
Following the story in The Times newspaper reporting that a Christian girl had been placed in foster care with a Muslim family and this had caused her distress, CoramBAAF provided expert comment for several broadcast media channels on the legislation, practice and decisions surrounding fostering.
CoramBAAF’s Director of Policy discusses adoption and support for families on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour
Dr John Simmonds OBE, CoramBAAF's Director of Policy, Research and Development was one of the guests on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour programme (15 August 2017), discussing adoption and support networks for adoptive parents.
On 2 August 2017 the DfE released the results of an independent two year evaluation of the Adoption Support Fund.