Additional funding for social care in Wales is providing new opportunities to improve outcomes for children who are looked after across Wales.  This improvement program will be overseen by the Ministerial Advisory Group for Children and delivered through 3 work streams - Professional practiceAssessment of risk and edge of care services and Permanency planning and building stable placements.

These work streams are chaired by Heads of Children's Services and involve the statutory and third sector working together to deliver better outcomes.  The National Fostering Framework is part of the Permanency planning and building stable placements work stream, and we have just been advised that funding is available for its third year of work. 

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Have a look at the first in the series of videos speaking to 3 families about their adoption journey 

The second in the series of videos speaking to three different families about their adoption journey. Here, the adopters reminisce about the early stages of their adoption journey such as their attendance on the Preparation Training and also meeting their social worker for the first time. 

The third in the series of videos speaking to three different families about their adoption journey. The families reminisce about their relationship with their social worker and the time leading up to Panel! 

The fourth in the series of videos speaking to three different families about their adoption journey. The three families explain the matching process when they are first linked with their children. 


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We are pleased to announce that, following consultation with medical professionals in Wales, CoramBAAF have published Welsh language electronic editions of some of their children’s health forms and these are now available for forms licence holders.

The Consent Form, and Forms IHA-C, IHA-YP, RHA-C, and RHA-YP (initial and review health assessments for children and young people) are now available electronically.  There is no extra charge for these – they are covered by your license for the children’s health forms.

We will keep you informed of further Welsh translations as they are published, as well as other new  and revised forms.



We 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 £8million 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.

Download this file (Kinship Guide 2018_ECom.pdf)Kinship Guide[ ]687 kB

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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.

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

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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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