Supporting Roots

Supporting Roots: Support for birth parents in Scotland

AFKA is carrying out research commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore support available for birth parents in Scotland and map existing supports from a range of services across Scotland. The work has been supported throughout by a practice group representing a range of organisations.

The study is engaging with birth parents to find out about their views on what good support could and should look like. We are recruiting birth parents for a steering group for the research, as well as for participating in interviews.  For more information, and particularly if you are or know of a birth parent who might be interested in getting involved, please contact Ariane Critchley.

As part of the same project, we have emailed organisations asking them to complete an online questionnaire to tell us where and what kinds of support are available in Scotland. Any information you can provide will help us to create a resource that will be made freely available at the end of the project and includes examples of good and promising practice. The questions apply to support for all parents who have lost a child to care, regardless of how the child came into care and where they are living now (for example, in a kinship, foster or adoptive family or in residential care).

We invite you to take the survey here, or if you prefer to be a sent a Word version, or to arrange a telephone or Teams call instead, please contact Jess Cleary.

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