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The government’s commitment to quicken the adoption process has come under scrutiny by those criticising the sudden closure of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF). Here we examine what processes have now been put in place to lessen the impact on key services. 



The BAAF, which ran the government’s adoption register, that matches over 3,000 children to suitable adoptive families, closed its doors on 31st July, just a couple of weeks after planned closure was made public. 

The announcement came as a shock to the social work community following the government announcement in June that it would commit an additional £30m to speed up the adoption process. It has been widely reported though that “significant changes and economic conditions” had made it unviable for the charity to continue operating. 

Consequently, many of its services have been transferred over to Corum Group. Established in 1720, Corum Group is a large charity that specialises in helping disadvantaged young people and families. 

New academy


In a statement, BAAF chief executive Caroline Selkirk, commented:

“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.”


With the support of BAAF staff, many of which have transferred over to Corum Group, the Coram BAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy has now been established. It will continue with BAAF’s membership support and professional advisory services, together with policy research. It will also oversee the running of National Adoption Week and various adoption activity days. 

National Adoption Register


In terms of the National Adoption Register for England, this is being taken over by First4Adoption, which is co-run by Corum and Adoption UK. Meanwhile, St Andrew’s Children’s Society has taken over the work of Scotland’s Adoption Register and the national adopter information helpline for Scotland. BAAF Northern Ireland and BAAF Wales are continuing to operate on a ‘skeleton’ basis for a short period of time whilst new providers are identified.

Form F


Undertaken by qualified social workers, Form F Assessment and the Form F Template that was established by BAAF still remain vital to the fostering assessment process. 

Sanctuary Training’s CPD accredited Form F Assessment Training is as popular as ever. With limited spaces left on its September (17th-18th) and October (28th-29th) two-day training, an additional course is planned for November (5th-6th) in London.  

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Judy adoption, 21 August 2015, 02:42 PM
Staff were not even consulted so it is very misleading to state "with the support of staff" most were dismissed with 90 minutes notice and no pay and were not even consulted!
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