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Important Update

The IRM Cymru was previously hosted by BAAF Cymru on behalf of Welsh Government. Unfortunately BAAF Cymru ceased to operate from the 4th September 2015.

From the 14th September the IRM Cymru will be hosted by Children in Wales on behalf of Welsh Government

The contact details for the IRM are Children in Wales 25, Windsor Place Cardiff CF10 3DZ. The telephone number is 02920342434 and the contract manager Jenny McMillan can be contacted by e mail at The website details will be updated shortly

Independent Review of Determinations

The IRD Panels independently review adoption and fostering suitability applications from potential and current adopters and foster carers, whose agency or fostering service provider has decided not to approve them as a foster carer or adopter, or to terminate or change the terms of their approval.

It also considers adoption disclosure applications from people where an adoption agency is proposing that protected information from adoption records will be disclosed or withheld, contrary to the views expressed by the person the information is about. These cases were previously dealt with by the Welsh Government.

IRM Cymru Annual Report

Our first Annual Report 2010 - 2011 is available to download in PDF in English and Welsh.

The Overview Report 2010 - 2013 is available to download in PDF in English and Welsh.


Has your adoption agency decided you are not suitable to adopt a child or intends to withdraw its earlier approval?


Has your fostering service provider decided you aren't suitable to foster or intends to withdraw its earlier approval?


Do you work for a Voluntary Adoption Agency or Local Authority and want to know more?

Adoption Records

Have you applied to obtain (or restrict) information from your adoption records and been turned down?