Statement of purpose 

The Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland is an independent, charitable organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children in care by providing support to all those working in the field of adoption, fostering and the care of looked after children. AFA Scotland was established following the demise of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) in July 2015 and continues to provide services in collaboration with CoramBAAF.

Our purposes are:

  • Promoting consistently best practice in Adoption and Fostering and supporting agencies to deliver services that enable all children in Scotland to grow up as part of a stable, loving, safe and nurturing family.
  • Giving agencies, practitioners and individuals access to authoritative advice and support about adoption, fostering and permanence in Scotland from an association of individuals with a broad range of expertise, experience and skills.
  • Providing opportunities for practitioners from a range of professional disciplines to share and develop best practice offering a range of direct support to agencies and practitioners within the social work, legal and medical professions, and to individuals directly involved in adoption and fostering. These will include, training, workshops, consultancy, legal advice, independent chairing of meetings and panels, placement co-ordination, disruption meetings and service and case reviews.
  • Providing an independent voice on matters of adoption and fostering policy and practice.
  • Accessing and interpreting research to inform ongoing relevant practice.
  • Supporting agencies to achieve value for money in their provision of services for children and families.

AFA Scotland is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) - SC046417