Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland is an independent, charitable organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for care experienced children by providing support to all those working with and caring for the children. AFA Scotland provides a range of services that inform, educate and support agencies and professionals working with children and young people, with a particular emphasis on achieving positive outcomes for children who are cared for through kinship care, fostering and adoption. Our services support agencies and professionals to implement child centred, evidenced based practice that will involve the children and their families 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, educators and policy makers to work effectively across professional boundaries in order to meet the needs of children, their families 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 kinship care, fostering and adoption and delivers a wide range of training, consultancy, research, 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 panels (adoption, fostering and kinship), appeal panels, disruption meetings, and running case consultation sessions.