• 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  

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.


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.


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 https://corambaaf.org.uk/ and its online bookshop:  https://corambaaf.org.uk/books.


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

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.om


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