THE BAAF ADOPTION & FOSTERING - BLACK, ASIAN and MIXED HERITAGE PERSPECTIVE PROJECT

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The Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Perspective Project aims to promote a wider understanding of the particular needs of black, Asian and mixed heritage children in the public care system in the UK.

Providing advice and information

This project provides an advice and consultancy reference point for professionals, practitioners, adoptive parents, carers and birth families. In addition it provides specific advice, information, training, support and mentoring to those who are committed to understanding and meeting the attachment, belonging and identity (racial, cultural, religious, and linguistic) needs of  black, asian and mixed heritage children, who are unable to live with their birth families. The Consultant for Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage also develops links with other professionals and practitioners within the field of child care to share information, policy and strategies to work towards an improvement of the services offered to the  black, Asian and mixed heritage children and their carers, birth families and communities.

The Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage Perspectives Advisory Committee (BMEPAC)

This is an inter-professional group of experienced Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage practitioners (BME) and representatives from BME communities which meets four times a year. The group is unique in providing a forum for identifying issues, formulating agendas, and commenting on policy and practice issues. Its aim is to promote a wider understanding of the particular needs of black, Asian and mixed heritage children within adoption and fostering. The long term objective of the committee is to ensure that BAAF’s strategy remains relevant to the needs of BME children, adoptive parents, foster carers and practitioners.

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Project team and contact details

Savita de Sousa – Consultant for Black Minority Ethnic Perspectives and Private Fostering with an expertise in working with Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage service users and who is involved in all aspects of BAAF’s work at a national level. She provides advice, information, consultancy and training. She coordinates the Black and Minority Ethnic Perspectives Advisory Committee and runs BAAFs Black Workers Support Groups open to BAAF members and their employees.

Email: savita.desousa@baaf.org.uk 
Tel: 020 7421 2644
Address: Head Office :Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London EClN 8TS
Or PA/administrator: mary.bollan@baaf.org.uk | 020 7421 2648
Website: http://www.baaf.org.uk/ourwork/bmeproject

 

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BME adoption and fostering
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