CoramBAAF is an independent membership organisation for professionals, foster carers and adopters, and anyone else working with or looking after children in or from care, or adults who have been affected by adoption. It is a successor organisation to the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).
We have adoption agency and fostering service members across the UK from local authorities and the voluntary and independent sector. Other organisations that also work in the field, for example legal practices and children's organisations, benefit from associate membership. We also have almost 900 individual members, including independent social workers, trainers, adopters, foster carers, therapists, lawyers, looked after children nurses, researchers and more. We work on behalf of our members and with the government and other stakeholders to ensure the very best outcomes for children in care.
Together, our members make up the largest network of organisations and individuals involved with children in their journey through the care system.
But we are not exclusively a member organisation. For those interested in adopting or fostering or who have already fostered or adopted, we offer a range of expert information, including an advice service, training events, conferences and publications.
CoramBAAF’s activities include:
Publications: We publish an extensive list of highly respected expert publications for social workers, adoptive parents, foster carers, children, adopted adults, students and academics, and the wider children’s workforce, covering a range of issues relating to adoption, fostering and children in the care system. We also publish the UK’s only journal dedicated to adoption and fostering issues.
Training, conferences and consultancy: Our training, seminars and conferences tackle the vital issues facing practitioners today and our courses and programmes are available nationwide. Our consultants carry out expert independent assessments of local authority adoption and fostering services and are regularly asked for advice on complex cases.
Campaigning: We campaign nationally and locally for changes to policy and practice to improve the lives of children in the care system.
Membership: we are the UK's leading membership organisation for agencies and individuals that have an interest in fostering, adoption and the well-being of children.
Advice: Every day our members ask CoramBAAF for expert guidance to support their work.