Alongside Corporate Membership (for local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies and independent fostering providers) Associate Membership is for organisations such as law firms, NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, adoption, fostering or family support agencies, training or service support providers, childcare charities, foster carers' or adopters' associations, Government departments or statutory agencies, voluntary agencies, university departments or research projects.

It has been designed to help keep your organisation well informed of new developments in the field, access expertise, engage in multi-disciplinary forums, improve practice delivery, evidence regulatory compliance, engage in debate on current issues and offer an opportunity to share policy and practice.

For further details on the core benefits of this membership category and an application form, please click here




AFA Scotland is currently recruiting for a Researcher.  This is a fixed term contract for 8 months working 21 hours per week.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter, which should briefly address each of the essential criteria detailed in the Job Specification.  This should be received no later than Friday 2 July 2021 at 5.00pm and should be sent to:

Brenda Reilly, Business Support & Finance Manager

Tel: 0131 322 8409

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Practitioner Family Finding Forum (SAR)

Scotland's Adoption Register will be holding it’s first practitioner family finding forum online via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, 16th June 10am-12 noon.

This forum is intended for social workers or practitioners involved in family finding to discuss children and families profiled on the online register with a view to sharing more in-depth information. There will also be room to discuss  any current issues in practice and share tips and advice with colleagues.

If you would like to join this forum, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your attendance.


We are delighted to share with you information about some new Scotland specific publications which may be of interest to you.

The update of ‘Undertaking an Adoption Assessment in Scotland’ was completed by AFA Scotland with contributions from colleagues in several agencies so you may recognise the product of your contributions (and thanks once again for those).

The information about the Preparing to Adopt materials (published towards the end of 2019) is included on the basis of comments by a couple of people that prospective adopters have particularly appreciated the value of a physical workbook that they can refer to alongside the training given that much of this is currently happening online.

With Corporate membership of AFA Scotland, your organisation can access a wide range of supports and services including  access to the fantastic range of resources through the CoramBAAF website and its online bookshop:


In March, following a successful bid to the Promise Partnership fund,  Jessica Cleary was appointed as Promise Implementation Lead and Murron Dempster as Promise Implementation Advisor. In line with these new appointments, AFA Scotland has launched a year-long development programme to ensure we are #KeepingThePromise.

In practical terms the first year of this Promise implementation plan will include an internal review of our organisation’s aims, focus and remit in response to the Promise Scotland’s Plan 21-24 and upcoming Change Programme One vision. We anticipate this review will result in developing materials and communities of support where required for our members within forums and the training we offer.

As this development programme evolves Jessica and Murron will provide regular Promise-related updates regarding both our own changes as well as sharing good practice from across the sector. In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter for regular updates on the Promise at @AFAScotland. Jessica is keen to hear from anyone who is also currently focusing on implementing the Promise across Scotland  – if you have recently established a similar Implementation Lead role please get in touch via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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