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 currently recruiting for an E-Learning and Communications Development Consultant.  Attached please find the job spec and essential information relevant to the post. Applications should be submitted using the attached application form no later than 12 noon on Monday 3 May 2021 to:

Brenda Reilly, Business Support & Finance Manager

Tel:  0131 322 8490

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

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 25 May 2021 using the on-line platform MS Teams.

If you require any of the documents in a word format, please contact us at the above email address.




AFA Scotland is recruiting to the post of Administrative Assistant - please see job specification and essential information.  If you are interested in this post, applications should be submitted using the attached application form no later than 5.00pm, Friday 19 March 2021 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.

If you would like to discuss the post or require any of these forms in word format, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kinship Care Advice Service Scotland (KCASS)


Kinship Care Week:  15th - 20th March 2021

This event has been organised as an opportunity to raise awareness and celebrate Kinship Care and Kinship Care Families in Scotland. During the week, there will be fun events for children including a science event, and also training and information sessions including a legal Q and A session, a taster on behavioural issues due to trauma and a session on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.   Further details and how to book events are available on the Kinship Care website:

January Newsletter

The first issue of a newsletter which provides information on financial support, counselling for young people and much more is now available.  If you would like to read this, please click on the following link:   KCASS January newsletter, financial support info, counselling for young people, Kinship Care week and more! (

Sibling relationships headline Adoption Week Scotland 2020

Adoption Week (16-20 November) celebrates adoption in Scotland and this year asks prospective adopters whether they could adopt a sibling group?

More than 1,300 children placed for adoption since April 2018 across the UK have been separated from birth siblings, it was reported earlier this year*.

Children requiring care away from their birth families are more likely to have existing sibling relationships and they also tend to come from larger sibling groups. Sibling groups of three, or more, are at greater risk of being separated, to achieve permanence through adoption. In fact, in Scotland at this moment in time there is not one adopter approved to adopt three, or more children.

Fiona Aitken, Adoption UK’s Scotland Director, said: “Sibling relationships are amongst our longest lasting relationships and contribute greatly to our sense of identity. Positive sibling relationships can provide a source of resilience for children facing adversity and provide continuity at a time of change and uncertainty. They can also be a source of support into adulthood. Placing siblings together has been associated with increased wellbeing and stable, enduring placements.”

If you are a prospective adopter, please do consider whether you could adopt a sibling group. Be open to being approved for more than one child to enable a younger sibling(s) to join your family.

Adoptive families can also help to maintain sibling relationships between their child/ren and their brothers and sisters wherever they are. This can be in person, through visual media, cards, letters, pictures or photographs.

Mrs Aitken continued: “The ideal scenario is for children to experience normal family life. Can they meet up with siblings at the park, at the beach, at each other’s homes? Can they have sleepovers? Can this be arranged between families? You can start by discussing this with your social worker.”

A siblings’ webinar (17th, 7pm-830pm), on how to maintain relationships between brothers and sisters, will be chaired by Kate Richardson, Manager of Scotland’s Adoption Register.

Adoption Week Scotland will also shine a light on both therapeutic parenting and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). FASD is a range of physical, emotional and developmental deficits or delays that may affect a person when they were exposed to alcohol during pregnancy.

Highlights of the week include Training from Dr Karen Treisman on Therapeutic Parenting (16th, 19:30-21:30); an FASD Webinar (18th, 6.30pm-7.30pm) for prospective adopters; and Insights into FASD (17th, 1pm-3.30pm), a training session for professionals working with families affected by FASD.

There will also be a live Q&A event with Children’s Minister Maree Todd, (18th, 11am-1pm), tackling the ‘wicked issues’ in adoption; a welcome and information event (15th, 7pm-830pm) suitable for anyone considering adoption; as well as a legal Q&A with Rhona Pollock, AFA Scotland’s legal advisor (19th, 7pm-8pm).

Robin Duncan, Director of AFA Scotland, said: “In the midst of everything else that has been happening in 2020, Adoption Week is a great reminder that some children continue to need care and protection, and to acknowledge the crucial opportunities that adoption can offer.

“People who have been adopted often speak passionately about the importance of being able to keep relationships with people who are important to them, and we hope that this year’s focus on siblings will help ensure brothers and sisters can live together and keep these links wherever possible.”

Children’s Minister Maree Todd added: “Those of us with brothers and sisters know the importance of those relationships. For children who have experienced change in their lives, maintaining those bonds can be invaluable and, along with Adoption UK Scotland, I encourage prospective adopters to consider sibling groups.”

Adoption Week Scotland 2020 is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by AFA Scotland and Adoption UK Scotland. It is an opportunity to celebrate and promote the best of adoption with awareness-raising, information sessions and social events.

Further details about all of the events during Adoption Week Scotland 2020 can be found here.

*The statistics on siblings separated by adoption came from Freedom of Information requests submitted by the BBC to local authorities across the UK. But the real number could be even higher as only two-thirds of local authorities provided data. The statistics were reported earlier this year on the BBC Radio 4 documentary Separated Siblings.


AFA Scotland is currently recruiting to the post of trainer consultant.  Applications are invited and should be submitted using the attached application form and returned no later than Friday 5 March 2021.  Further details and job specification can be downloaded here.  To help with your application, some additional information is also provided here.

Closing Date:  5.00pm - Friday 5 March 2021

Interview Date:  Monday 22 March 2021

Location:  On-line using MS Teams


If you require a word version of the application form, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you would like to discuss the post, please contact Robin Duncan on 07719 644783


Relative Matters - Good Practice in Permanence Planning in Kinship Care

AFA Scotland is delighted to be running once again its Postgraduate Relative Matters Course - good practice in Permanence Planning in Kinship Care.

This unique course is aimed at social workers and managers in children and families’ teams, family placement teams as well as other specialist settings across the statutory, voluntary and independent sector. Applicants will require the support of their employer to attend as well as validate their work. It is imperative that sponsoring agencies ensure their nominated students have the motivation, capacity and commitment to complete the course. Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions this course will be taught online using a virtual platform.

The course has been validated by Strathclyde University at MSc Level 11 and attracts an award of 60 credits (postgraduate certificate) which can be taken forward to further study. Agencies will need to be confident that their nominated student can study at master’s level.  To find out more about the course, cost and scheduled dates, please click here 




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