Kinship CoverWe are delighted to advise that the Kinship Care Best Practice is now complete and available to download - see attachment.

This guide has been drawn together with the assistance of practitioners across Wales and by family members who have been through the assessment process themselves. The members of the National Fostering Framework Strategic Steering Group, CAFCASS and the Family Justice Network have all signed off the final version.

This is a guide to the assessment of family members, friends and other members of the family’s social network as kinship foster carers. The guide references special guardianship as the two assessments are so often undertaken concurrently when the child is either in the pre-proceedings process or the subject of care proceedings. The Best Practice Guide is based on current case law, research and findings from Child Practice/ Serious Case Reviews.

The Guidance has been developed with funding from the National Fostering Framework which is funded from the £8 million investment in Children’s Services announced by WG in 2017. £400k/ year was identified from this funding for the NFF Phase Three work program and, with agreement from the Welsh Local Government Association, was ring-fenced for the NFF in 2018-20.


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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.

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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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