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Advancing practice CoramBAAF played an active role in the first phase of establishing the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, which will support the best possible decisions for children by improving the use of research evidence in the family justice system. The past year has seen members’ interests represented at numerous national policy forums, including the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board and the Kinship Care Alliance.

“The advice given adds weight to the debates held internally and especially when in the court arena. I welcome the opportunity of checking out practices and processes with an independent organisation.”  athy Scott, Birmingham Children’s Trust, K on CoramBAAF’s advice service

CoramBAAF also presented on early permanence at the International Conference on Adoption Research in Montreal, and on adoption and kinship care at the Association of the Children’s Welfare Agencies conference in Sydney.


In the coming year, CoramBAAF will further develop services to support regional adoption agencies and will conduct reviews of special guardianship with the Family Justice Observatory.

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local authorities, health and social care trusts, fostering providers, voluntary adoption agencies and associates are members of CoramBAAF


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