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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