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We are now AFKA Scotland!

We are excited to share that as of today, Tuesday, 21 June 2022, we have officially changed our name to the Association for Fostering, Kinship and Adoption Scotland (AFKA Scotland). AFKA Scotland remains an independent charity that promotes and facilitates evidence-informed best practice in fostering, kinship care and adoption, through advising, training, and influencing practitioners …

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AFKA Legal Conference 2022 – Save the Date!

This year’s AFKA Legal Conference will take place on Thursday 10 November in Dundee. In addition to adoption, kinship care and long-term fostering have become increasingly widespread options for permanence. In light of this and recommendations within The Promise, the focus of this year’s conference will be the changing face of adoption and the implications for members’ …

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New Research Projects

STAR (Sibling Reunited) Development Project Under the leadership of Karen Morrison, STAR – Siblings Reunited’ – has developed into a highly regarded service enabling brothers and sisters who live apart to come together regularly at a rural centre in Fife allowing them to build and maintain their relationships through positive shared experiences. The Promise Partnership …

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AFKA Scotland Responds to the National Care Service Proposals

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on proposals for the creation of a National Care Service; the proposed reforms around social care represent one of the most significant pieces of public service reform to be proposed by the Scottish Government, and have the potential to be the biggest public sector reform in Scotland for decades.  The Independent …

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Kinship Care Week: 14-18 March 2022

Kinship Care Week aims to increase understanding and recognition of the role of kinship carers and the challenges they often face, but importantly, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate kinship carers for the incredible role they play in raising children. The week is co-ordinated by Kinship Care Advisory Service Scotland (KCASS) working in partnership with …

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Securing Children’s Futures – Good Practice in Permanence Planning & Family Placement

This post qualifying 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 …

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KCASS Online Training Course Announced

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 …

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Evidence Review on Support for Birth Parents

As part of the work AFKA Scotland has been doing on the Supporting Roots project, Ariane Critchley has prepared a review of the evidence on the support offered to birth parents. This Scottish Government commissioned review is intended for use by practitioners, managers, and service providers who are developing the support available to birth parents in …

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AFKA Scotland Response to the National Service Proposals

The Scottish Government launched a consultation on proposals for the creation of a National Care Service; the proposed reforms around social care represent one of the most significant pieces of public service reform to be proposed by the Scottish Government, and have the potential to be the biggest public sector reform in Scotland for decades.  The …

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