Alongside delivering training AFA has undertaken a number of pieces of work on behalf of Welsh Government, the National Adoption Service and the National Fostering Framework.

-       The Practice Standards for Independent Reviewing Officers.  The process has been an interesting one, co-production is the buzzword at the moment so developing this guidance has involved working with practitioners, foster carers, adopters, birth parents, lawyers, CAFCASS and young people!   Once all those views have been collated this has had to be set alongside what the law says IROs should do and then comes the simple task of writing it up! We are pleased with the result and thankfully so are our colleagues in welsh government.  Some final amendments are being made to accommodate some recent guidance and then its off to translation and ready for publication.

-       A similar task has been undertaken to develop good practice guidance for social workers who are involved in the assessment of family members, when children need to be looked after way from their birth families, so called kinship carers.  This work was funded by the National Fostering Framework and has involved lots and lots of different groups of people as well.  We’ve developed some good skills as a team in running co-production events and are enjoying this way of working – it can result in some very noisy and lively sessions!.  This work has just been published and will now be used across Wales.


-       The National Adoption Service central team have also kept us busy.  We have developed the Life Journey Work toolkit which is now available on the National Adoption Service website .  This toolkit has a framework for Life Journey work that should put you, the adoptive family, at the heart of the materials that are produced.  There is still work to do bedding this in across Wales and evidencing to practitioners the benefits for children and their adoptive families in working this way. 

-       A second strand of our work for NAS involves developing a suite of learning materials that will be free to use from the NAS website when they are ready.  Lots of adopters across Wales have been involved in helping us shape these materials with AUK so we hope they will be relevant and useful once complete.

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Who we are

In September 2015, The Association of Fostering and Adoption (AFA) Cymru was formed. Whilst its day to day operational services of training, consultancy, professional advice and information are delivered independently of St. David’s, it is by law governed by St. David’s Children Society under the terms of its charitable status.

St. David's Children Society is a registered charity (Registration No: 509163). A Company limited by Guarantee (Registered Cardiff 1546688).

Registered Office: St. David’s Children Society, 28 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3BA.

The Association for Fostering and Adoption Cymru (AFA Cymru) is a Welsh charity that promotes good practice across the breadth of permanency planning for children and young people.   It also offers advice, training and consultancy to professionals and members of the public to support best practice.  

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