The AFA Cymru team has grown and we are delighted to have welcomed Helen Hawksworth as the new Operational Manager.  Within this new post, Helen will be taking the lead in overseeing the training and workshop programmes delivered by AFA Trainer Consultants and Associates, alongside delivering training herself.  Helen is an experienced practitioner who has worked in the fields of fostering and adoption, child health and disability, youth justice and residential social work, and we are delighted that she has joined the team. 



The pressures associated with regulatory change in both fostering and adoption in Wales are building as we move towards the implementation date.  Having been heavily involved in the Welsh Government Technical Groups underpinning the changes, and the consultations that have followed, AFA Cymru staff are now busy ensuring that the CoramBAAF health and social care assessment forms for prospective adopters and foster carers are updated in time for the changes to regulations.  In January, working groups looked at the changes required, at events in both north and south Wales.  These formed the basis of the revision of the CoramBAAF forms for use in Wales post-April. 

We are also delivering training for social care staff and fostering/adoption panels to explore the implications of these changes through our workshop programme and via commissioned training.  Contact us on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to discuss specific requirements.  

In addition, we will continue to support practitioners through the changes with information in our regular Legal Bulletins.  Contact us on  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you wish to be added to our mailing list for events and Legal Bulletins.

Advice Line

We offer advice to members of the public and professionals. 

    02920 761155 or 01745 336336

AFA Cymru, c/o Children in Wales, 25 Windsor Place, CARDIFF CF10 3BZ

AFA Cymru, W2 Morfa Clwyd Business Centre, 84 Marsh Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 2AF

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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