The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) is to close, it has been announced.
BAAF chief executive, Caroline Selkirk, said it was no longer possible to sustain the organisation in the face of “significant changes and prevailing economic conditions”.
BAAF, which has been supporting, advising and campaigning for children in care for three decades, will transfer some of its functions to children’s charity Coram. The functions will be housed in a newly created entity, the CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy.
The new entity, like BAAF, will operate as an independent membership organisation. It will take on BAAF’s research, policy, professional advice and development work.
It will also administer the National Adoption Register for England, the Independent Review Mechanism and will run National Adoption Week.
The Independent Review Mechanism evaluates adoption agencies’ decisions not to approve an individual as an adopter. It was run by BAAF on behalf of the Department for Education.
BAAF’s in-house magazine will not continue and has closed today.
Coram chief, Dr Carol Homden, said: “The CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy is a sustainable way forward which enables the expertise of two organisations renowned for their work with looked after children to be shared to create better chances for children.”
The news marks the second high profile social care charity closure in recent months. Last month, it was announced that the College of Social Work would close due to lack of funds. The College is currently in a wind down process and will shut by the end of September.