Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Welcome our adoption and fostering blog

I am delighted to bring you the inaugural post of our new adoption and fostering blog. Over the forthcoming months we hope to keep you up-to-date with changes in the adoption and fostering sector, as well as news about campaigns, services and events from BAAF. You will also be hearing from adopters, foster carers and adopted people.

Adoption and fostering are such important services for children. We hope that this blog will encourage you to find out more about these services and even to consider whether you could be an adopter or foster carer.

The blog will also draw attention to the big issues of the day in adoption and fostering. One new issue is the impact of social networking on adoption and fostering. We are hearing of increasing concerns from adopters, foster carers and social workers about websites such as Facebook being used to facilitate instant contact between adopted and fostered children and their birth parents and other relatives. BAAF is responding to this new development by publishing guidance for adopters, carers and social workers on contact and social networking. We are also holding a major national conference on contact and social networking on 24 June. You can reserve your place at this vital conference now by booking through our website.

In celebration of Foster Care Fortnight this month we will be celebrating the role of foster carers, as well as some voices of young people in care. For more information on the campaign visit The Fostering Network’s website.

Please do subscribe to this blog to make sure you keep up to date on all the news and views. And don’t forget to share your thoughts with us in the comments section. You can also join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. If you need advice about adoption and fostering, visit our website or call our advice line.

David Holmes
Chief Executive
British Association for Adoption & Fostering


Alan Fisher said...

To David and everyone at BAAF, hope the blog goes well. It's a great idea.

Anandi said...

Could someone tell me who to contact about adoption children from India, I would love some advice.

BAAF said...

Hello Anandi

We have produced a booklet "Intercountry adoption: some questions answered" which you can buy through our website www.baaf.org.uk
There are aslo a couple organisations you can talk to - the Intercountry Adoption Centre http://www.icacentre.org.uk/
and OASIS, the Oversears Adoption Support and Information Service www.adoptionoverseas.org

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