Adoption Week Scotland will run from 15th - 19th November 2021

It offers an opportunity to raise the profile of adoption, encourage discussions about what adopting a child now involves and to highlight the continuing need to find adopters for children who are unable to remain with their families.

The national programme of events helps bring the issue to public attention, with the intention that  agencies can capitalise on the wider publicity to run campaigns or promote debate in their own areas.

A short information/planning meeting (held online via MS Teams) for agencies is planned for Wednesday 25 August 2021: 10.00am – 10.45am and will  provide local authorities, adoption agencies and others with an opportunity:

  • to get information about the outline plan for AWS 2021 and the programme of nationally organised events
  • to identify supports or resources that would be useful for agencies to receive in order to run campaigns/ to promote adoption in their area
  • to hear from other agencies about plans for the week and things that they have found successful in the past.

If you would like to be part of this meeting, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the registration link will be sent to you.  Further information on events planned will be posted in due course.


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




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:


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.

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