Changes to both the fostering and adoption regulations are keeping the AFA team busy on all fronts. AFA Cymru have been active supporting feedback from the sector about proposed changes which will bring aspects of welsh practice into line with England by introducing the two stage process in both England and Wales.  Although the final drafts of legislation are awaited Helen Hawksworth and Sarah Coldrick are busy updating the Welsh CoramBAAF assessment formats for both fostering and adoption, alongside supporting practitioners in developing a response that the changes will require. 


Timescales are tight, with changes needing to be in place by the summer, and final drafts of legislation and guidance still awaited in many areas.  The need for change is reflected in the content of our current workshop program and the AFA Cymru Legal Bulletins.  You can check out the Workshop Program at or give us a call on 02920 761155 or 01745 336336.  Sarah’s Legal Bulletins go out regularly to those in the know and are available on our website.  They unpick the changes and the implications for practice in a concise and helpful way so do contact us if you wish to be included on our mailing list. 


As ever Spring is a busy time for conferences and events.  Kim Golding is speaking to a full house in February, and Alexandra Conroy Harries (CoramBAAF) and Jan Way (Inter Country Adoption Centre) are helping us unpick Intercountry Adoption in Wales with Practitioners and Welsh Government.


The 4th National Fostering Framework Conference – Celebrating our Success, is being held in Llandrindod Wells on 5th March 2019.   The conference will showcase just some of the innovative practices from each region and the developments at a national level. Invitations have been sent out via our Local Authority partners but do contact us if you are interested in attending. 


Adding in our work developing materials for children and young people, and birth families for the National Adoption Service Life Journey Work Toolkit, it’s a busy time all round!

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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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