In September 2015, Adoption and Fostering (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.

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.  

We have a unique focus across all aspects of permanence: we consider all aspects of legal, emotional and physical permanence for children who may be rehabilitated home, placed within the extended family network or be cared for or adopted by non-family foster carers and adopters.  The common factor for all these children is the impact that their early experiences have on shaping their needs both now and in the future.  Caregiving for these children and young people can be complex and demanding and in order to support positive outcomes for children, assessments of their needs, and of potential caregivers, must be robust and well informed by research, and best practice.  Good care planning must also be informed by an understanding of current case law, research and best practice.

AFA Cymru Activities:

Dissemination of research and best practice

    • Research informed training delivered by experienced practitioners

    • Conferences and Seminars highlighting current research and practice issues within the welsh context

  • Promoting discussion and developing resources

    • Special interest groups – we run a range of Special Interest groups for practitioners:

      • Legal group

      • North Wales Panel Chairs group

      • Kinship group (formerly the SGO SIG)

      • Medical Advisors group

      • IRO Group

    •  Consultancy

  •  Providing information and advice
  •  Advice line
  • Quarterly legal bulletins

  • Consultancy

These services are delivered through a core staff team supported by a range of associates and partners in local authorities and government, the third sector and academia. 

http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/childrens-social-care-law/

 

TEAM:

CARDIFF

ADDRESS:

AFA Cymru

c/o Children in Wales

25 Windsor Place

Cardiff CF10 3BZ

 

Kathy s’Jacob, Director

Corina West, Trainer/Consultant

Sarah Coldrick, Legal Consultant (part time)

Helen Hawksworth, Trainer/Consultant

Valerie Leung, Senior Administrator

 

RHYL - (Both part time)

ADDRESS:

AFA Cymru

W2 Morfa Clwyd Business Centre

84 Marsh Road

Rhyl

Denbighshire   LL18 2AF

 

Marrianne Palin, Trainer / Consultant

Erina Roberts, Senior Admin Officer

 

 

 

 

 

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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