WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?  The impact of planning and decision making after the Order is made and when children are no longer looked after

Adoption, Permanence and Kinship Care Orders are just the beginning for children and families moving towards the hope of a settled life. We know that ongoing support and advice from professionals is vital in sustaining these relationships.  To promote effectiveness of decisions and planning for children and families we will look at what happens next on the child’s journey in permanence under kinship care or permanence orders or adoption and thereafter, moving into adulthood.

This year’s legal conference will focus on the impact of the decisions made on the child and family where the child moves into permanence or ceases to be a looked after child. This will support practitioners in future proofing plans in light of the experience and knowledge that our Speakers will share.  We are delighted to announce the Janys Scott, QC will Chair the event with the following speakers:

  • Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle, Sheriff Principal for Grampian, Highlands and Islands
  • Claire Anne McFadden, Partner, JK Cameron Solicitors
  • Dr Ariane Critchley, Researcher & Lecturer, Stirling University
  • Pamela Graham, Head of Learning & Development (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (Staf)
  • Lara Wierzoch, Birthlink

If you are interested in attending this conference and would like a booking form, please download now.



We are delighted to share the news that Scotland's Adoption Register (SAR) has officially launched its first recruitment video which can be viewed here:   https://scotlandsadoptionregister.org.uk/ 

This video is aimed at encouraging adults to come forward to adopt those children who wait longest in Scotland; over the age of four years, sibling groups, children with additional needs/disabilities and children of BME heritage. 

Should you wish to have a copy of the video to feature on your own websites please get in touch with us and we will arrange to share it with you.  It has also been shared on Facebook and Twitter. If you follow SAR on these platforms please like and share to spread the message far and wide.



AFA Scotland Survey and Prize Draw

This September, we are asking our members to share your thoughts in the AFA Scotland Survey, to tell us what we are doing well and how we can improve our service to you.

The survey will be sent out via email to all subscribers on 1 September, 2021 and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The data collected will be used to inform AFA Scotland’s future vision, aims and objectives, as well as our trainings, events, resources and other services.

At the end of the survey, participants will have the opportunity to enter a draw to win attendance to the upcoming AFA Legal Conference or a workshop of your choice between now and 31 March, 2022 (Terms and Conditions apply).

If you are not subscribed to AFA's email list, or did not receive the survey email but would like to participate, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the survey link.


  • Two half-day workshops for kinship carers focussing on the principles of non-violent resistance when tackling children’s difficult behaviours. To book a place - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/.../connective-parenting-nvr...
  • FASD Hub Scotland and KCASS invite Kinship Carers to a 90-minute session on FASD.  This session will provide an introduction to FASD and the opportunity to ask questions. To book a place, http://ow.ly/J4Rb50FPAWj
  • Kinship Care online conference – Wednesday 16 March 2022: 10.00am – 2.00pm.  Further details to be confirmed.

Further details on these events can be found in the latest edition of the newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/83bbac653be0/read-about-what-the-service-is-planning-this-autumn  


With new legislation and regulations around placing brothers and sisters becoming operational on 26 July 2021, AFA Scotland has developed training on “Assessing Brothers and Sisters and Making Decisions about Caring Arrangements” which provides opportunity to examine the legislation, research and tools available for making good assessments and decisions for siblings.

Demand has been very high as people grapple with the implications of these new regulations.  Our first series of scheduled workshops are now fully booked but a further date has been agreed for Monday 23 August 2021 - booking form.

We are now also delivering this training direct to agencies therefore if you would prefer AFA Scotland to provide this training event specifically for staff in your agency, get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can get that organised.

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