Just seen the sad news that the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) has gone into administration, as of 31 July.
The Chair and Trustees of BAAF have had to take immediate action to ensure that some of BAAF’s services helping vulnerable children, their families and those supporting them can continue.
In the face of significant changes and prevailing economic conditions, it has sadly not been possible to sustain the organisation and BAAF closes on July 31 2015.
To secure the future we made an approach to children’s charity Coram and agreed a way forward which will see the transfer of some of BAAF’s functions in England to the Coram Group and to a new and independent entity, CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy.
CoramBAAF will continue to operate as an independent membership organisation for agencies and individuals in the UK, and the following functions will continue to be provided by CoramBAAF: research, policy and development; membership; professional advice and professional development ; publications; the National Adoption Register for England, the Independent Review Mechanism (England); National Adoption Week, and the Adoption Activity Days.
The Scottish Government has transferred the work of Scotland’s Adoption Register and funded a national adopter information helpline for Scotland to St Andrew’s Children’s Society today. BAAF Northern Ireland and BAAF Wales will continue to trade on a limited basis for a brief period to allow consideration of options to transfer some services and staff to an alternative provider.
This has been a difficult decision for the Board. We appreciate that this is a very challenging time for our dedicated staff and are committed to giving them as much support as is possible during this period.
We would like to thank all our donors, members and partners who, for over 30 years have enabled BAAF to provide services of the highest quality and make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children in care.Your support and involvement will remain crucial as the transition to Coram enables BAAF’s legacy to be taken forward and its core charitable purpose and impact on children’s lives to continue.
For information on the continuation of BAAF services please download a copy of Transferral of BAAF services – who to contact (PDF 40KB)
Even sadder is that many staff say the press release’s claim to be ‘committed to giving them as much support as is possible’ has so far fell well short of the mark.
It is also interesting that they seem to have been, well taken over, by Coram ( another children’s charity and adoption agency) and a new and independent entity, CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy has been set up. Coram, started life as the Foundling Hospital in the 1700s after philanthropic sea captain Thomas Coram decided there needed to be somewhere for the homeless and orphaned children of London, before eventually becoming the Thomas Coram Foundation. Some people will probably question if it as a voluntary adoption agency should now be in charge of the National Adoption Register and The ‘Independent’ Review Mechanism.
Questions also need to be asked of those in charge of BAAF.Anthony Douglas and the board of trustees need to explain why they we so quiet about what was going on: How did things get to this point and why?