The Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland is an independent, charitable organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children in care by providing support to all those working with looked after children. AFA Scotland provides a range of services that inform, educate and support the agencies and professionals working with children and young people, with a particular emphasis on achieving positive outcomes for children who are cared for through adoption, fostering or kinship care. Our services support agencies and professionals to implement child centred, evidenced based practice that will involve the children in decisions about their lives, protect their rights and promote equality. An emphasis is placed on the need for a multi-disciplinary approach that enables social workers, lawyers, health professionals and educators to work effectively across professional boundaries in order to meet the needs of children and their carers. As a membership organisation, AFA Scotland uses its links with professional bodies and agencies across the country to contribute to the development of policy and practice at a local and national level.
AFA Scotland’s multi-disciplinary team has a wealth of experience and up-to-date expertise in practice relating to adoption, fostering and kinship care and delivers a wide range of training, consultancy, workshops and conferences to assist professionals to develop the knowledge and skills they require when working in this specialist area. The team also provides direct services to agencies, including chairing adoption panels, appeal panels, disruption meetings, and running case consultation sessions.