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The Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption and Fostering) Regulations Wales 2010 and The Fostering Services (Amendment) Wales Regulations 2010

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This guidance alerts local authority and independent fostering providers, prospective and current foster carers to the Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption and Fostering) (Wales) Regulations 2010 and the Fostering Services Amendment) Wales Regulations 2010.

These regulations:

  • introduce an independent review of determination mechanism for  fostering
  • make changes to requirements regarding the membership of fostering panels and the tenure of panel members, and
  • make some additional minor changes to the provisions regarding fostering panels.

This guidance is also to inform fostering service providers that the Welsh Assembly Government has contracted the British Association of Adoption and Fostering Cymru (BAAF) Cymru to operate the Independent Review of Determination Mechanism for both Adoption and Fostering from 2 April 2010.

The Independent Review of Determinations (Adoption and Fostering) Wales Regulations 2010 also make amendments to the existing independent review of determination mechanism for adoption, most notably by outsourcing these arrangements to an independent body and in relation to the constitution of adoption panels and other minor amendments.

The attached letter sets out amendments to the existing independent review of determination mechanism for adoption, most notably by outsourcing these arrangements to an independent body and in relation to the constitution of adoption panels and other minor amendments.