‘British Association for Adoption and Fostering’ closes

Children|August 4th 2015

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has closed with immediate effect.

Caroline Selkirk, chief executive of BAAF, said:

“In the face of significant changes and prevailing economic conditions, it has sadly not been possible to sustain the organisation”.

BAAF’s vital roles will be taken over by Coram, a larger children’s charity, and the newly formed CoramBAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy. These roles include research, policy and development as well as professional advice.

CEO of Coram Dr Carol Homden CBE believes CoramBAAF “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 closure of BAAF has caused the loss of 51 jobs, and its magazine, Be My Parent, has been permanently terminated.

In 2014, BAAF spent £9 million and generated only £8.7 million of income. The association’s total net liabilities, however, totalled £2.3 million.

The Coram group also includes Life Education (offering health and wellbeing education to children), the Children’s Legal Centre (providing advice and representation to children), and Voice (raising awareness of child care issues).

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  1. Felicity Collier says:

    The comment about £9m of expenditure and £8.7m on income [in 13/14] is correct. It is however quite misleading since the figures include a net outflow due to spending previously generated restricted funds. In fact the same Statement of Financial Activities in the published 13/14 accounts shows that in 13/14 BAAF had unrestricted income of £6.18m and outgoings of £6.02m i.e. there was a surplus in-year of just over £100k.
    The net liabilities of £2.3m were basically the pensions deficit of £4.8m less the general reserves of £1.8m and the restricted funds of £0.7m. The pensions deficit is no different from that of many similar organisations and charities and had been relatively static for many years. This would not make BAAF unviable and these accounts include a clean audit report and were approved by the trustees. The closure of BAAF as an independent organisation is a tragedy and in the interests of transparency I believe much more information about more recent events and BAAF’s finances should be available to members .

  2. Mark John says:

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