CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy

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CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy is the leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting the agencies and professionals who work with them. We believe every child deserves a stable, loving home.
shutterstock_154007483Nearly a quarter of looked-after children in the care system are BME (black, minority, ethnic) and we have over forty years’ experience of supporting prospective and current foster carers and adopters of BME children.
Through our Black Minority Ethnic Perspectives Advisory Committee (BMEPAC), we have been a major influence on promoting an understanding of the identity needs of black children and the impact of racism on their sense of wellbeing. We are also the largest publisher and seller of resources in this field.
To enquire about CoramBAAF membership please contact Abi Omotoso on

CoramBAAF is committed to working with black adopters and foster carers. Our Support Services include:
• Adoption Support Groups for BME adults and children
• Consultation to Local Authorities and IAAs developing Adoption Support services to BME families and children
• Fostering Support Groups for BME children & their families
• Consultation to Local Authorities and IFPs developing Fostering Support services to BME children and their families
CoramBAAF’s Black, Asian and Mixed Ethnicities Perspective Project also provides an advice and consultancy reference point for professionals, practitioners, adoptive parents, carers and birth families. To find out more about CoramBAAF’s work in the fields of adoption and fostering and BME children, please contact Savita de Sousa on

Our bookshop has a wide range of titles aimed at supporting BME children and young people in both foster placements and adoptive families. Our bestsellers include research studies and personal narratives exploring the care journeys of BME children as well as good practice guides providing invaluable information and advice to help sustain and improve work on a day-to-day basis.

For foster carers and professionals we recommend:
• Looking after our own
Essential reading for social services professionals looking to recruit and support BME adopters.
• Fostering unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people
A research-based exploration of the complex needs of migrant children and how foster carers can provide family care against a background of uncertainty, anxiety and potential risk.
• Pathways to permanence for black, Asian and mixed ethnicity children
A pioneering study exploring the care pathways of minority ethnic children in three authorities in England.
• Working with black children and adolescents in need
An invaluable collection of practice-based suggestions for improving strategies and techniques of working with black children and adolescents in need.
And for children and young people we suggest:
• Fostering: what it is and what it means
Over 10,000 copies have been sold of this colourful and informative guide that clearly explains what fostering means.
• Picnic in the park
This fully illustrated picture book introduces young children to a range of family structures including two- and one-parent families, adoptive and foster families, gay and lesbian families, step families and more.

To view the full range of CoramBAAF publications please visit